National Mountain Day

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Welcome to the wonderful world of National Mountain Day! Get ready to climb your way through a mountain of fun facts, breathtaking views, and adventurous tales. Whether you're an avid hiker, a lover of nature, or simply someone who enjoys majestic peaks from the comfort of your couch, National Mountain Day has something for everyone. So grab your hiking boots and let's get exploring!

When is Mountain Day?

It's national mountain day on the 11th December.

The History of National Mountain Day

While the origins of National Mountain Day may not be as ancient as the mountains themselves, it has quickly gained popularity as a celebration of these natural wonders. It all began with a group of mountain enthusiasts who wanted to raise awareness about the importance of mountains in our lives. On this day, we come together to appreciate the beauty of mountains, their ecological significance, and the recreational opportunities they provide.

Celebrating National Mountain Day

There are countless ways to celebrate National Mountain Day, no matter where you are. For the adventurous souls, grab your hiking gear and head out on a mountain expedition. Scale the heights, conquer the trails, and soak in the panoramic views. If hiking is not your thing, you can still celebrate by taking a virtual tour of famous mountain ranges from the comfort of your home. Watch breathtaking documentaries, read books about famous mountaineers, or even try your hand at mountain-themed puzzles and games.

Did You Know?

The world's highest mountain, Mount Everest, was named after Sir George Everest, a British surveyor who played a significant role in mapping the Indian subcontinent. Interestingly, Sir George Everest himself never saw the mountain, as he retired before it was discovered to be the highest peak!

History behind the term 'Mountain'


Early Usage in English

The term 'mountain' has its origins in the Old English word 'muntēor,' which meant a large pile or heap. In the 14th century, it evolved to 'mountaigne' in Middle English. At this time, it referred specifically to a large natural elevation with steep sides and a defined summit. This definition laid the foundation for the modern concept of a mountain.


Scientific Classification

During the mid-18th century, the science of geology emerged and brought a clearer understanding of mountains. In 1763, Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, a Swiss geologist, introduced the concept of scientific mountain classification. He defined a mountain as an elevated landform with a minimum height of 2,000 feet (600 meters) above sea level. This scientific classification became widely accepted and influenced further studies and explorations of mountains.


Mountain Tourism

The 19th century witnessed a significant shift in the perception of mountains, as they went beyond being geological formations to becoming destinations for recreational activities and tourism. In 1857, the term 'mountain tourism' was first used to describe the growing trend of people seeking leisure and adventure in mountainous regions. This led to the development of mountain resorts, hiking trails, and the popularization of activities like mountaineering and skiing.


Conquering Mount Everest

One of the most iconic moments in mountain history occurred in 1953 when Sir Edmund Hillary from New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa from Nepal, became the first climbers to summit Mount Everest, the world's highest peak. This remarkable feat captured global attention and further popularized the allure and challenge of mountaineering. The successful ascent of Mount Everest opened up new possibilities for adventure and exploration in the world's mountain ranges.

21st Century

Preserving Mountain Environments

In recent years, there has been an increased focus on the ecological importance of mountains and the need for their preservation. The United Nations designated December 11th as International Mountain Day to raise awareness about the role of mountains in providing freshwater, biodiversity, and stability to ecosystems. Efforts are being made worldwide to protect mountain environments from deforestation, climate change, and unsustainable tourism, ensuring their continued beauty and ecological significance for future generations.

Did you know?

Did you know? Mount Everest was named after Sir George Everest, who never actually saw the mountain!


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First identified

11th December 2015

Most mentioned on

11th December 2019

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