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When musing about the definition  of an Iconic Mountain I am reminded of two sayings. ‘Football is a game of opinions’ and ‘One man’s Freedom fighter is another man’s Terrorist’. 

And so it is with any definition of Iconic Mountains.

Different mountains means different things to different people although there are certain mountains like Everest, Annapurna, the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc  and the Eiger which have played pivotal roles in the history and development of mountaineering and which would surely make anyone’s list of Iconic Mountains. Others might be well known because of outstanding feats of valour that took place or because of the extreme  skills  required  to ascend to the summit. And still more make lists because of their outstanding beauty.

I am not a climber but during the last 23 years I have been fortunate enough to have usually been able to spend a couple of months each year hiking in many of the great mountain ranges around the world – and many lesser known ones as well!

In that period I have hiked in North and South America, Asia, Africa, Europe and even occasionally in the UK. Although I have visited Australia several times I have not hiked ‘Down Under’ since I lived there in the 1970s  but I well remember  making a journey to New Zealand and as I followed a challenging trail above the Hooker Valley close to Mt Cook I thought ‘Now I understand why it was a New Zealander who was one of the first up Everest!’

I apologise if this exhibition of Iconic Mountains is neither exhaustive nor complete but the choice is subjective and further compromised by the fact that to meet deadlines  I have restricted my choice of images to digital images that I have taken in the last ten years.

Nevertheless I hope the images will provide you with pleasure and enjoyment. All of the featured images were taken from locations easily accessible to any fit walker  without requiring any technical skills so I hope that you will be inspired to get out your boots and visit some of these spectacular areas for yourself.

IM 0085 The Jungfrau, Bernese Alps, Switzerland
IM 0085 The Jungfrau, Bernese Alps, Switzerland
IM 0923 Gyachung Kang
IM 0923 Gyachung Kang
IM 0937 Gyachung Khan, Khumbu Himalaya, Nepal
IM 0937 Gyachung Khan, Khumbu Himalaya, Nepal
IM 0947 Gyachung Kang
IM 0947 Gyachung Kang
IM 0980 Cholatse and Taboche
IM 0980 Cholatse and Taboche
IM 0990 Cholatse and Taboche, Khumbu Himalaya, Nepal
IM 0990 Cholatse and Taboche, Khumbu Himalaya, Nepal
IM 1015 Cholatse, Taboche, and Gokyo, Nepal
IM 1015 Cholatse, Taboche, and Gokyo, Nepal
IM 1130 Cholatse, Nepal
IM 1130 Cholatse, Nepal
IM 1221 Pumori
IM 1221 Pumori
IM 1226 Changtse, Tibet from Nepal 1
IM 1226 Changtse, Tibet from Nepal 1
IM 1253 Nuptse, Khumbu Himalaya, Nepal
IM 1253 Nuptse, Khumbu Himalaya, Nepal
IM 1275 Everest from Kalar Pattar 1
IM 1275 Everest from Kalar Pattar 1
IM 1285 Pumori from Kalar Pattar
IM 1285 Pumori from Kalar Pattar
IM 1289 Everest from Kalar Pattar 2
IM 1289 Everest from Kalar Pattar 2
IM 1313 Evening at Everest
IM 1313 Evening at Everest
IM 1315 Glowing Peaks
IM 1315 Glowing Peaks
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