Back in August I climbed a mountain. In fact I climbed a #mountain four times. Within just a matter of days.
Then again, it was Mount Saint Pieter in #Maastricht. And it’s considered one of the smallest mountains in the world. In fact, often larger governments then the #Netherlands try to argue that it’s not a mountain at all, and just a big old random plateau. I don’t try to tell this to the residence of Maastricht; they have a deep pride in this mountain and it’s remarkable history, so they will argue you tooth and nail defending its title as a true mountain.
there are only a few select #geological surveys that would even agree that the barely-561-foot-tall rise is a mountain. Most of a say that mountains don’t start until about 1000 feet. However, being the highest “P” in the Netherlands, these folks are not going to buckle quietly to the larger global geologic agenda.
After all, there of been so many #Paleolithic and #Mesozoic #fossils found in this lime stone monolith. Literally #dinosaurbones, from #Holland was full of #Dutch #dinosaurs. Likewise, #JuliusCaesar plopped one of his favorite forts here, and it was the scene of countless battles from #medieval times right up to World War II. With such a remarkable and layered history, you can understand why the locals want the little mountain given proper distinction.
but frankly, the first time I climbed it it was quite by accident. I just thought I was going up the hill on my bike. Granted I got a little steep, but I didn’t realize I was even on the mountain until I was nearly at the top. The top is mostly flat; it rolls and undulate, but kind of levels itself off rather than having a full peak. And there are charming little farms up here, and the remains of tons of forwards from all different eras. Being one of the easiest mountains to climb in the whole world, it makes sense why everybody loves the vantage point.
So yeah. Now I guess I’m a #mountainclimber. A lot easier — and prettier — than I ever imagined it to be.
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