Humans attempt to achieve and take ownership of nature’s highest peaks. It is the ultimate show of bravado when climbers claim to have ‘conquered’ the summit. It is the irony that lies within that grandiosity. After all, mountains, alps, rockies are quiet giants surrounded by an unpredictable environment of animals, weather, and terrain.
Many cultures revere at mountains due to the proximity to the heavens. British outdoor survivor and adventurer Bear Grylls said, “accidents on big mountains happen when people’s ambitions cloud their good judgment. Good climbing is about climbing with heart and with instinct, not ambition and pride.” These 27 photos from around the globe prove the world’s highest peaks are meant to be enjoyed, respected but never conquered. It’s in their majesty we can appreciate their beauty and mystery.