When asked to choose between beaches or mountains I invariably opt for higher altitude. Don’t get me wrong, beaches can be nice, but after seeing several hundred all around the world they are essentially all the same — sand and water. However every mountaintop offers both a unique view and a different method of getting to the top, whether it be climbing, hiking, driving, or riding a train. While I have yet to parachute down onto a mountain I hope to check this one off the bucket list sometime soon.
Height: 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft) Notable: Highest mountain in Japan
As some of you may know I lived in Tokyo for several months back at the end of 2008. That is what first sealed my love of Asia and the reason I’ve been coming back ever since. Although I admired Mount Fuji on a nearly daily basis while there I never actually made it up top, one of my biggest travel regrets. Also one of the many reasons why I’ll be returning to Tokyo again soon.
A well-known Japanese saying suggests that anybody would be a fool not to climb Mount Fuji once—but a fool to do so twice.
Mt Fuji is the highest mountain in all of Japan and a common sight in Japanese artwork. You’ve probably seen it somewhere without even realizing it. It is also visible from Tokyo, weather permitting, and impossible to miss when flying in to Narita airport.
North Shore Mountains
Height: 1,788 m (5,866 ft)
Anyone who has ever visited Vancouver, Canada, should recognize these mountains. Full of hiking and biking trails they are a great way to escape the city on a day-trip and enjoy some great scenery.
Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania
Height: 5,895 m (19,341 ft) Notable: Highest mountain in Africa
Although Kilimanjaro is another mountain that is still on my list, my buddy Raul of I Live To Travel spent a week trekking his way to the top and wrote a fantastic 7-piece series about the struggles and rewards of the journey.
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Height: 14,110 feet (4,300 m) Notable: Inspired the song America The Beautiful
This impressive mountain is located just outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is one of the state’s 54 Fourteeners — mountains with peaks over 14,000 feet (4,267 m) in elevation. It is also the only one with a paved road all the way to the summit, making the ascent ridiculously easy. As such it is a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike.
After going through all my photos it turns out that most of my mountaintop photos are from Hawaii, Central America, and Southeast Asia, and thus do not fit the “frozen” theme of this week’s FriFotos. Maybe that explains why I’ve still never been skiing…