When I see a hill or a mountain, I have this burning desire to get to the top of it. I can’t explain the feeling I get very well. It’s like a mixture of butterflies mixed with disappointment if I can’t practically get up the mountain I see.
I love every aspect of getting to the top; the scrambling, the aching legs, the brisk wind pushing against my body and the infrequent breaks in the clouds that reveal views. It makes me feel alive and there in the moment.
Here are 4 of many mountains I dream of climbing in my lifetime.
Photo credit: Don Heffernan
Mount Kilimanjaro is the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. The ‘challenge’ aspect of climbing Kilimanjaro really appeals to me. I feel it’s one I can complete but I know it will be demanding yet highly rewarding. Dave, my step dad Ian and I plan to visit Africa (not sure where or when yet) and I could tie the climb in at the end of the holiday. They wouldn’t join me for the hike so I would want to find someone to join me.
Photo credit: Alex Lecea
Although a honeypot for holidaymakers, Mount Teide’s landscape appeals to me. The volcanic features and the fact that it’s easily reachable on a budget makes it feel likely I’ll actually get to visit it within my lifetime. Flights to Tenerife are reasonably cheap as the island is a very popular holiday destination. I would prefer to visit the north side of the island as it is greener and less touristy.
Photo credit: Qihui
Ok, not specifically a mountain but I know I would like to go to ‘some’ mountains in the Himalayas. I’m not sure I would enjoy reaching Everest Basecamp. I do, however, dream of visiting tiny villages in the lush foothills and feeling lost in world so far removed from my own.
Ben Nevis, Scotland
Photo credit: Melenama
I love Scotland and its mountains. I love the fact we have wilderness so close to our doorsteps in the UK. Despite being only a few hours drives from my house, Ben Nevis is still a mountain I am yet to climb. I plan to walk the West Highland Way with Allysse from Beste Glatisant and Zoe from Splodz Blogz in 2017 and we would like to include Ben Nevis at the end.
There are loads more mountains I would love to climb and I hope I get the opportunity to visit many of them before I die. Maybe when I have bought my private helicopter (don’t laugh- it may happen!) I’ll be able to jet off on a Friday evening to my next mountain destination.