We12travel is coming up with a new series about hiking and/or climbing. But not just normal climbing, it focusses on 4.000+ meter high Alps. They are also called “four-thousanders”.
A 4.000’er is a summit in the Alps with an altitude of at least 4.000 meters above sea level . At the moment there are 82 summits in Western Europe with that altitude. The highest of them is Mont Blanc in France, however the most of them are located in Switzerland (48) and Italy (38).
You can find the list of all the Alpine 4.000’ers here.
4.000 is just a number. Elsewhere in the world there are higher summits and they are probably even easier to reach. In certain countries you can even drive up to 4.000 metres without any trouble. Doing 4.000’ers is a way of life. Apart from the list of the Alpine 4.000’ers there are various other famous lists of mountain tops such as the Munros and the Fourteeners.
A very famous peak bagging list is that of Munros in Scotland. A Munro is a summit over 3.000 feet or 914, 4 meters. Many hill walkers and climbers try to bag (to reach the summit) all of the Munros in Scotland. The Munro is named after Sir Hugo Munro, who made the list in the nineteenth century. There are 284 Munros in Scotland.
In Colorado they have a list of fourteeners, which is a mountain that exceeds 14.000 feet (4.270 meters high) in altitude. Within Colorado there are 53 fourteeners.
Climb them all?
This series is not a about climbing all the Alpine 4.000’ers, but will be about the challenge to reach the top. I will tell you the effort it took and the amazing feeling you get once you made it to the summit.
Soon we´re kicking off with the story of my first 4.000´er: Mont Blanc in France, the highest of them all. Keep an eye out during the upcoming weeks!
For more mountain reading, you may enjoy our “Mountainous Monday series” which is all about the prettiest mountains we enounter on our journeys. Other blogs you may like are:
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