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World's Most Beautiful Mountains?

Postby Marmaduke » Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:11 pm

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Re: World's Most Beautiful Mountains?

Postby Kiefer » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:42 pm

I'd have to disagree with Mt. Everest, Shasta, Rainier and Denali (from the list). Their sheer massif size take away from the singular vista of the actual peak.
However, my vote goes to Alpamayo, Ama Dablam or Mt. Blanc as THE most beautiful.

I'd substitute the four I mentioned above with: Artesonraju, Long's Peak, Machapuchare and Parinacota. Although I could come up with a VERY exaustive list of others that need mention.
This is what I could think of off the top of my head.
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Re: World's Most Beautiful Mountains?

Postby mrchad9 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:46 pm

Those peaks were selected with an objective for people to buy plane tickets... no other criteria. Note the 'Find Flights' area on the right is updated with each peak.

The only one they got right is Mount Shasta.
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Re: World's Most Beautiful Mountains?

Postby ExcitableBoy » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:38 pm

mrchad9 wrote:The only one they got right is Mount Shasta.

Shasta doesn't look a whole lot different from Rainier, Mt Ararat, Mount Ngauruhoe, Mt Fuji, Chimbarzo. or many of the other peaks. My vote is for Mt Shuksan as seen from Artist's Point:

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Begguya is pretty nice too:

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Re: World's Most Beautiful Mountains?

Postby Baarb » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:09 pm

An album of relevance http://www.summitpost.org/most-beautifu ... rth/232265 (There might be others on here). Ama Dablam for me.
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Aconcagua? really?

Postby Steve Pratt » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:23 pm

Robson and not Assiniboine? Chimborazo? Come on. And Ararat? Cool peaks for sure, but 20 most beautiful?

Any "most beautiful" list that doesn't include the Grand can't be taken seriously.

For the Cascades' representative, I agree Shasta might belong. It has very graceful lines. But Rainier is a bit too blocky to be considered one of the world's top 20. And Hood is nicer than either.

No Sierra's on the list, which is also crazy. I guess the prettiest Sierra peaks are not famous enough, and the famous ones aren't always pretty, but how about Half Dome?
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Re: World's Most Beautiful Mountains?

Postby CSUMarmot » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:37 pm

Some of the stuff in Gates of the Arctic is amazing. That and the Karakorams.
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Re: World's Most Beautiful Mountains?

Postby Marcsoltan » Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:14 am



All we have to do is to take a quick look at Afzal's gallery, and that's only in Pakistan. Take a look at G4, Trango Towers, Nameless Tower,etc.etc.etc. I would add the following that are not in The Karakorams, Alpamayo, Ama Dablam, Machapuchar.
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Re: World's Most Beautiful Mountains?

Postby ExcitableBoy » Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:16 am

mrchad9 wrote:Those peaks were selected with an objective for people to buy plane tickets... no other criteria.

Sounds about right, but many of the peaks are very symetrical, like what a child might draw if asked to draw a mountain. I think what makes a mountain visually striking for climbers is complexity of terrain - sweeping rock buttresses, steep hanging glaciers, sinous couloirs, fluted ridges.
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Re: World's Most Beautiful Mountains?

Postby CSUMarmot » Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:46 am

http://14ers.com/php14ers/panoramas.php?parmid=50
Check out this Pano from the top of Mount Wilson. The San Juans are beautiful.
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Re: World's Most Beautiful Mountains?

Postby Scott » Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:07 am

From first hand experience, I've seen half of those mountains with my own eyes:

Mount Ngauruhoe, Mount Everest, Mount Fuji, Mount Cook, Mount Rainier, Kilimanjaro, Chimborazo, Ama Dablam, Mount McKinley, and Mount Shasta.

The other half, I have not seen myself:

Piz Bernina, Mount Ararat, Matterhorn, Alpamayo, Mount Robson, Fitz Roy, The Eiger, Aiguille du Dru, Aconcagua, and Shivling.

All those are beautiful mountains, but I doubt the person who chose them has been to many of them and the choice was probably made up in some conference room.

I can't really judge in a fair manner for the mountains I haven't seen, but if I were to choose the most beautiful mountains that I have seen, most would be in the Himalaya (I haven't been to the Karakorum). A few might be in the Caucasus, the Southern Alps (New Zealand) and maybe southeast Alaska, but other than Ama Dablam I wouldn't have chose those ones (even if they are pretty). Mount Cook might rank in the top 30-40 though.

Out of the mountains I haven't seen, the ones in the HImalaya (the ones I haven't seen), Karakorum, Baffin Island and Cordillera Blanca would rank as the ones that look the most beautiful in photographs.
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Re: World's Most Beautiful Mountains?

Postby Baarb » Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:19 am

Should a factor be whether the mountain looks beautiful from only a select few angles or whether it looks beautiful from every direction?
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Re: World's Most Beautiful Mountains?

Postby The Chief » Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:28 am

For the Sierra I propose....

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Re: World's Most Beautiful Mountains?

Postby SenadR » Thu Feb 16, 2012 2:01 am

K2 by far!

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Re: World's Most Beautiful Mountains?

Postby Clark_Griswold » Thu Feb 16, 2012 2:52 am

Does it have to have snow on it, or be high and technical to be beautiful?

What about the Pusch Ridge and Pusch Peak north of Tucson? I consider that a very beautiful mountain.
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