The United Nations established International Mountain Day to protect this resource. It is also designed to ensure the sustainability of mountains. Mountains are naturally beautiful and give us some of the most intriguing geological features on the planet.
International Mountain Day celebrates the fact that mountains are our playgrounds. A hike up a mountain provides good exercise and magnificent views. On a mountain, you are closer to the daytime blue sky and the nighttime stars. The breathtaking views, once reserved for birds, can be seen by humans on a mountain.
When is International Mountain Day?
December 11 has been designated International Mountain Day, and it is celebrated on this date each year. This year it falls on Saturday, December 11, 2021.
Quotes About Mountains and Mountain Climbing
Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.
Life’s a bit like mountaineering – never look down.
Sir Edmund Hillary
The summit is what drives us, but the climb itself is what matters.
Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.
David McCullough, Jr.
Everyone wants to live on the top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it. Andy Rooney
The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain – he is inspired by it.
William Arthur Ward
You are not in the mountains; the mountains are in you.
Always be thankful for the little things. Even the smallest mountain can hide the most breathtaking views!
It isn’t the mountains that wear you out; it is the pebble in your shoe.
You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!
See John Muir Quotes.
Puns About Mountains
Why do mountains get all the laughs?
Because they are hill areas. (The funniest mountain range is the Himihilarious.)
The mountain climbers all got together and built a mountain out of puns.
It is called Mount Cleverest.
Sher, pa is what people tell their dad when he asks them to go mountain climbing in the Himalayas.
A plane is flying right at a mountain. The pilot and co-pilot are trying to pull up. The pilot says we’re never going to make it over the mountain.
The co-pilot says, not with that altitude.
I am getting old, and I forget how beautiful mountains are.
I take them for granite.
A mountain was running a fever and had a headache near its peak. A geologist asked the mountain what was wrong? The mountain replied, “I’m hill.”
An ambitious young mountain looked at an older mountain and said, someday, I will be as tall as you.
The older mountain said, don’t get your slopes up.
Make sure you dress in layers and stay warm when you climb the Andes.
How do you know what the weather is like at the top of a mountain?
Jokes About Mountains
Two friends of mine got married on a mountain a couple of years ago.
It was all downhill from there.
What did the mountain say to the canyon next door?
I am scared of heights; the only mountain I could climb is Mountain Dew.
Few people know that Mount Everer is the shorter mountain to the left of Mount Everest.
What do fashion-forward mountains wear on their peaks when it is cold?
I went to see a wise man because he knew the story of the world’s tallest mountain.
I couldn’t get over it.
Even you can jump higher than a mountain.
Mountains can’t jump.
Unfortunately, the Mayoral candidate died when he fell off a mountain.
His opponent won in a landslide.
The view from here is incredible.
The Mountains Await.
Keep Calm and Climb On.
Fresh air; don’t care.
Try not to look down.
Where there is a mountain, there is a climb.
A mountain a day keeps the doctor away.
Mountains make me feel so small.
Here are frequently asked questions about International Mountain Day.
How do I Celebrate International Mountain Day?
Climb a mountain. This would be easier if you were already a mountain climber. But if you are not a mountain climber, you can find challenging walking paths on many good-sized mountains. Your State’s Department of Natural Resources should be able to answer any questions about hiking trails.
Watch a mountain-based or mountain climbing movie. There are quite a few, including The Summit, Vertical Limit, Mountain, North Face, Everest, Mountain Top, and more. Pop some popcorn, put your feet up and enjoy.
In 2020, the theme of International Mountain Day was Biodiversity. Volunteer to clean up a park or preserve near a mountain. If you do not have any mountains near you, any park or preserve will do.
Search YouTube for clips of climbers. YouTube has numerous clips covering many different mountains. Be ready to shut your eyes if you are afraid of heights.
Host a Mountain Party and give a prize to whoever brings the most creative mountain appetizer. Hint: Raclette is a cheese dish served in the Swiss Alps. It is melted cheese served with bread, crackers, and vegetables—a kind of mountain fondue.
Whatever you do on International Mountain Day, if you document it and post pictures on social media. Make sure you use the hashtag #internationalmountaindDay.
What is the History of the International Mountain Day?
In the mid to late 1800s, people discovered the recreational values of mountains. Climbing, Hiking, Skiing, and Exploring mountains became popular. The U.S. government established National Parks to help preserve the mountains.
The United Nations declared 2002 as the International Year of Mountains. One year later, the U.N. created International Mountain Day to be celebrated on December 11 each year. The U.N. presents a new theme for International Mountain Day every year.
In 2016, Japan added its own Mountain Day to be observed on August 11 each year. The newly formed holiday is intended to give more exposure to the importance of mountains. It also encourages people to appreciate and enjoy the majestic nature-made structures.
What is the Highest Mountain in the World?
Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world at 29,031.69 feet. It is located on the border between China and Nepal. The mountain is fifty to sixty million years old and still growing—Everest gains about half a meter in height every century.
How Many People Climb Mount Everest Each Year?
Approximately 800 people file for permits to climb Mount Everest each year. Over the years, 5790 people have climbed Mount Everest. Sir Edmund Hillary is credited as the first person to reach the summit in 1953. Since then, over 300 people have died attempting to reach the peak. Most of those bodies are still on the mountain.
Fun Facts About International Mountains
- The Alps Mountains are the most populated in the world.
- More than one billion people inhabit mountainous areas. Twelve percent of the world’s population make mountains their home.
- Mountains are one of the world’s greatest sources of freshwater. Sixty to eighty percent of the world’s freshwater comes from mountains. Also, mountains hold twenty-eight percent of the Earth’s forests.
- Thirty of the world’s highest mountains are in the Himalayan Mountain Range.
- During World War I, 50% of the troops that died fighting in the Alps died from avalanches.
By Tim Moodie
Tim Moodie is a writer, inventor, and creative director who lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A rattlesnake spotting cut short Tim’s first mountain climb.
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