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wonders of mountains!

Mountains are wonderful things! They stand strong and splendid, set apart from man's interference and ignorance. To walk out into them gives the opportunity to soak up their silence, dignity and self sufficiency. They ask for nothing but guarantee nothing either.
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Mountains can be harsh inhospitable places, weathered and eroded by the constantly changing elements - wind, sun, water, snow, ice, storms. Thus they warrant respect, concentration and surefootedness. The rock and the wind teach us balance, the summits and ridges show us silence, the ravens and peregrines show us keen energy, the mountain ash shows us resilience, the bubbling streams show us purity and flexible flow, the space and height bring us perspective and solace.

By embrasing their power and being fully present in the moment we can unwind and come alive, leaving refreshed, exhilerated, remembering our potential and deepest values.

Snowdon chockstone with cloud inversion

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. " ~ John Muir


what is a mountain?

  • a large mass of land
  • usually rocky
  • often steep sided
  • higher than a hill
  • either single peak
  • or part of long chain
  • formed by volcanic activity
  • or uplift when earth plates collide
  • or by erosion
  • sea fossils might be found high up
  • many mountains are under the sea
  • Himalyas = highest mountain range
  • Everest = the highest mountain
  • the higher you go, thinner the air
  • + the colder the temperature
  • home to rare plants and animals
  • fragile to human interference
Approaching Mountain Summit
Summit of Snowdon, Wale's Highest Mountain
View of Snowdon from NantGwynant

The mountains of Snowdonia have a mixed geological history of volcanic and glacial activity and before they were mountains were once under the sea! The walks there are wonderfully diverse offering something to fit all.