Spiky Squares #29 – Mountain

Spiky Matterhorn

The Matterhorn, from Gornergrat,, near Zermatt, Switzerland

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Color Your World 2018: 120 Days of Crayola – Inchworm

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Poles on Gornergrat ski slope, Zermatt, Switzerland. Alps in the background.Weisshorn on the right. 

Zermatt is surrounded by some of the highest and most beautiful mountains in Europe. Weisshorn, or White Peak, at 14,783 ft tall (4505 metres) is the ninth-tallest peak over 4000m in the Alps.  It is slightly taller than the Matterhorn. It was first scaled in 1861. The photo, looking northwest. was taken from the cog-wheel train as it descended to Zermatt from Gornergrat.

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CFFC: Two T’s Anywhere in the Word

Matterhorn From Zermatt

Early Morning View of the Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland

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The Highest Height: Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak)

Sri Pada, or Adam's Peak. Up to the highest height! Up through the atmosphere, Up where the air is clear, Sri Lanka.

Sri Pada, or Adam’s Peak. Up to the highest height! Up through the atmosphere, Up where the air is clear, Sri Lanka.

The Path to the Summit

The Path to the Summit Against the Night Sky

If you have the tenacity and desire to climb approximately 7000 steps, schedule a pilgrimage to Sri Pada, or Adam’s Peak, one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Sri Lanka. At the summit is a human footprint formed in a rock-some say the footprint it was made by Buddha, some say by Adam.

Two of my traveling companions were prepared for the climb, both physically and mentally. What they weren’t prepared for was the overwhelming mass of Sri Lankan pilgrims who converged on Sri Pada to take advantage of a two day holiday period the full moon, or Poya (a monthly Buddhist holy day and public holiday), and a national holiday (Sri Lankan Independence Day). In addition, the months of December, January, and February are Buddhist holy months at Sri Pada, and pilgrims arrive by the bus load. The popularity of those months is also due to the drier weather in the central highlands during that period.

A true sea of humanity pulsed up and down the path to the top. The path, lit by lights that curved up the side of the mountain, was traced against the black sky and left those of us below amazed. Marta and Sharon, accompanied by a local guide, started from the guesthouse at 12:30 am, hoping to make it to the top for sunrise. Unfortunately, the peak was enveloped in a cloud early in the morning and visibility was minimal. Well prepared for the climb, with fleece jackets and walking sticks, they were surrounded by Sri Lankans with bare feet or only wearing flip-flops, women carrying their babies up the mountain, the elderly struggling with the steps, and a press of people so great that it induced claustrophobia in some. For most Sri Lankan Buddhist, though, it was a once in a life time pilgrimage for most and it was a serious commitment. Some took one or two days to make the climb, resting along the way.

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