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National Mountain Climbing Day: Date, history and significance

ByZarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi
Jul 31, 2023 04:06 PM IST

National Mountain Climbing Day 2023: Here's all you need to know about the date, history and significance of National Mountain Climbing Day

National Mountain Climbing Day is celebrated in the United States to honour and commemorate the first successful ascent of the Grand Teton in Wyoming, which took place on August 1, 1898 and also to honour mountaineers Bobby Matthews and his friend Josh Madigan who successfully scaled all 46 of the Adirondack Mountains in New York. Climbers and outdoor enthusiasts often use this day to explore mountains, participate in climbing events or promote conservation efforts for mountainous regions.

National Mountain Climbing Day: Date, history and significance (Photo by Lucas Clara on Unsplash)
National Mountain Climbing Day: Date, history and significance (Photo by Lucas Clara on Unsplash)

Date:

National Mountain Climbing Day is celebrated annually in the US on August 1.

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History:

National Mountain Climbing Day" in the United States commemorates the first successful ascent of the Grand Teton, which took place on August 1, 1898. The Grand Teton is the highest peak in the Teton Range of Wyoming and this successful climb was accomplished by a team of seven climbers, led by Nathaniel "Nat" Langford and including TM Bannon, JP Cramer, John Shive, Frank Spalding, William Owen and Franklin Spalding.

Their accomplishment was a remarkable feat in the early days of mountaineering in North America. On the other hand, the duo Bobby Matthews and Josh Madigan climbed over the last peak of the Adirondack Mountains, the White Face Mountain on August 1, 2015.

Significance:

National Mountain Climbing Day serves as a reminder of the history and spirit of adventure in mountain climbing. It encourages people to appreciate the challenges and rewards of mountaineering and outdoor exploration, promotes awareness about mountain environments, conservation efforts for mountainous regions, safety in outdoor activities but most importantly to educate the general public about the physical and mental advantages of mountain climbing which is a passion for many people who do it as a hobby.

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