Mountains are some of the most interesting geological features our world has to offer.
Clear proof of the massive changes occurring beneath the surface of our planet, mountains have also served as playgrounds and places of worship for countless generations of humans. Everything that has been such an important pillar for so many people and cultures over the millennia deserves to be commemorated. So on December 11 we celebrate International Mountain Day!
SCHEDULE OF INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY
1838 – Mountains for recreation
A tradition around the mountains began in the United States when students dropped out of class and headed for the mountains or the park.
2002 – The year of the mountain
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2002 as the International Year of Mountains.
2003 – International Mountain Day
The following year, the UN established December 11 of each year as International Mountain Day for the protection and sustainability of mountains.
2016 – Mountain day in Japan
Mountain Day is celebrated in Japan as a national holiday so that people have the opportunity to become familiar with and appreciate the mountains.
ACTIVITIES OF THE INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY
Climb a higher mountain than you’ve ever climbed
If you have climbed Everest, find a new route. For everyone else, you have work to do! You may have climbed high mountains, but there is always another one worth climbing. In the United States, Colorado is your best option. According to one of Denver’s leading public relations firms, Colorado contains 75% of the land area of the United States with an altitude of more than 10,000 feet.
Clean your local natural preserves
Mountain or not, International Mountain Day is the perfect opportunity to get out and help clean up the places that make your natural environment interesting and valuable. Those trails don’t clear themselves, after all!
Introduce someone else to the wonders of the mountains.
You may have hiked Monadnock a dozen times, but you probably have a friend who hasn’t. Use International Mountain Day as an opportunity to spread your love of the great outdoors with your closest friends.
WHY WE LOVE INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN DAY
They are constantly changing
While mountains don’t move much in the course of human life, their nature dictates that they are always changing, and there is something intangibly intriguing about things that are in a constant state of flux.
They offer an escape
While bird’s-eye views are reserved for … well … birds, mountains give people the ability to get close to the sky without ever leaving the ground. Until the creation of airplanes, mountains made possible the highest elevations ever reached by humans. Even though they have now been overcome, they still offer an incomparable escape from the stagnation of everyday life.
They are playgrounds for adults
Kids can keep their gyms in the jungle, we have mountains. Between several rivers, rock faces, and viewpoints, the mountains are like playgrounds for adults!