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A Bit of Mountain Climbing Historyfrom: Maxx Adventure Travel
Mountain climbing is one of the most fun and adventurous recreational activities anyone can participate at, and there are those who consider it an extreme sport.
It's no wonder why more people are getting hooked on mountain climbing all over the world. The most adventurous and fun-loving people have the attitude that no mountain can be left unclimbed. For them, every mountain is a new challenge that brings new adventures and challenges.
There have always been mountains. People, at one time in history, used to go down from mountains, not climb them, because early civilizations were usually established on the riverside, in valleys or in flat lands.
Thus, when did people start the hobby of climbing mountains? You'll discover the answer within mountain climbing's rich history.
In 1991, the corpse of a man was found in the Otztal Alps glacier located between Italy and Austria. The corpse was named Otzi the Iceman, the oldest naturally mummified human in Europe. It was estimated that Otzi lived in about 3,500 BC.
Otzi was said to be climbing the mountain when he met his death and was preserved on the glacier. The discovery of his body provided researchers with a view of how the copper-stone age Europeans looked and dressed. In addition, Otzi made it in the history of mountain climbing. Otzi is the first man identified to have climbed a mountain.
However, the first ever documented mountain climbing activity was done by Roman Emperor Hadrian in 121 AD. Emperor Hadrian climbed the volcanic mountain of Etna, which was located in eastern Sicily. The mountain, an active volcano, stands 10, 902 feet (3,325.1 meters) tall.
Poet Petrarch of Italy successfully climbed Mount Ventoux in Southern France on April 26, 1336. Petrarch completed an account of his mountain climbing experience that was later published. He even wrote poems and composed other literary pieces pertaining to the mountain and to the experience.
Several other people have followed suit. Now, there's no mountain on the face of the earth unconquered by mankind. There are many firsts on every mountain. There is the first person to reach the tallest summit of Mt Everest, the tallest mountain in the world.
All those firsts and the bizarre conditions linked to a mountain climbing conquest makes the history of mountain climbing both amazing and fascinating.
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