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Mount Yari

Mount Yari | Yariga-take Mount Yari, also known as Yariga-take, is one of the most iconic peaks in Japan, offering a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural significance. Nestled within the Hida Mountains, this majestic peak straddles the border between Nagano-ken and Gifu-ken, serving as a natural landmark that symbolizes the rugged beauty of …

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Scenic Phoenix: Exploring Piestewa Peak

Rising over the palms and the Pueblo Revival and “desert school” building designs of the city of Phoenix, Arizona, are the desert peaks that form the Phoenix Mountains. This winter I got to explore the second highest peak of the Phoenix Mountains, Piestewa, during my Christmas/New Year holiday. Winter is a lovely time for exploring …

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Starter Peaks: Nine Easy Mountains to Climb in the U.S.

If you’re ready to tackle your first peak, or want to explore some of America’s amazing beginner treks, then consider one of these great beginner “walk up” mountains for your next climb. These are some of the easiest of the beginner mountains, and are great for most adventurers in good physical condition. Climbing one of …

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Earth’s 10 Highest Mountains

All of the world’s ten highest peaks, based on height above sea level, lie in or near the Tibetan region of the Himalayas, with Everest as the tallest and most of the rest being child mountains of Everest.  The highest peaks of the Himalayan region stretch from India to the southwest of Nepal, to China to …

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Finding Healing and Guidance in Mount Rainier

At the very beginning of 2020, in early January, my family was struck with a sudden death. Soon after, the world was beset with the coronavirus, and we had to make some pretty big lifestyle adjustments along with everyone else. So in late summer, my sister and I decided to reconnect with nature for healing …

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Walking Mount Tabor, Oregon’s Cinder Cone in the City

What to do when you’re in one of the best states for exploring mountains, new at climbing, and tethered to the city of Portland during your summer vacation? Walk Portland, Oregon’s dormant volcano, Mount Tabor! This is exactly what I did this summer. One sunny day in August, my daughter, brother-in-law, niece, and I took …

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