As my singularly apathetic state continues I find myself unable to apply myself to those things conventionally thought of as important.. i.e my future, work etc etc.. rather mind and body have no interest in anything other than riding my bike, paddling my kayak, spending time in the surf and thinking of distant friends.. which I suppose then in my world must be very important :-) During a recent daydreaming exercise about where my next 2-wheeled or foot-based expedition or journey should be I got to thinking about all the mountains there are in the world… I’ve generally planned trips in the past based on countries I want to visit or particular journeys to make… a common theme usually being mountains. I like mountains… and deserts… but if I had to make a choice between the two it’d be the high and pointy one. So I figured it would be interesting to take look at all the mountain ranges of the world… with that in mind went looking for a list… it’s easy to think in terms of The Andes or The Alps or Himalaya for example but each of those is not a single range of mountains which complicates things.. I did find a list but it was in no way complete so I added a few more I knew about, decided I couldn’t be bothered to be consistent in the listing of sub-ranges (eg sub-ranges of the Appalachians or include the Grampians in Australia which technically, I think, is part of the Great Dividing Range) and then went through and marked off the ones I had visited.. leaving over 400 left to go if I wanted to visit them all :-0 There are so many ranges and sub-ranges it’s a pretty useless planning tool but it is interesting and certainly works for me as a reminder of places I’d like to ride a bike.. The list of ranges as it stands now is here (click link)… if you can add to it or see any errors please let me know. I also had a problem with Java – I’ve been all over the mountains there but it’s a purely volcanic landscape – so does that count? I couldn’t find any specific references to mountain ranges in Java so if you can help with that too I’d be grateful.
Ranges already visited are in yellow highlight while ranges I would realistically like to explore are in blue.. except the multiple ranges of the Alps – I’ll happily go anywhere there anytime and they’re so close they don’t need much forethought .. oh and N America – there are so many ranges in Wyoming, Montana etc etc that I gave up so all I can say is “yes I’d like to go there more” without being specific.
Central Asia is a significant gap in my travels (other than northern Pakistan and SW China) so that needs to be high up the list, as does Tibet. Much I’d like to explore in Eastern Europe. Iceland is high up the list too as a properly wild and woolly destination not too far from home and I’d like to get Mexico and Guatemala soon too. New Zealand is an obvious gap too and should be high on the list but being culturally less of adventure than the others it keeps slipping down the list (sorry Anna… I will visit :-)
So there you go, I doubt it’s really going to help me sort out my chaotic, rambling thoughts but it’s interesting nevertheless :-) If I was clever I would probably have just considered the greater ranges alone….