Akin to a commonplace book, I like to record quotes and ideas I come across for future reference - even just noticing and writing them down helps me integrate them, and then I can refer to them later to remind myself. I’d like to do this for Mountains 101, and I thought if I did it publicly others could chime in and make a joint favorite/most interesting/“today I learned” list. So here’s mine, starting with overall first impressions:
- The production values are OUTSTANDING. I’m charmed by the beautiful images and video footage!
- The Your Mountain World interactive map is a great way to review places covered and mentally site them, plus I look forward to expanding it as we go.
Why Mountains Matter segments:
- Fascinating exploration of the definition of “mountain,” as we’ve discussed in another thread. I particularly like the notion that a mountain is impressive and individual. The emphasis on local relief explains how this region’s Holyoke Range, a basaltic ridge where the highest elevations are under 400m, still feels extremely mountainous.
- The distinction between elevation, altitude, and height is very useful.
- I learned from this lesson’s interactive map that the Andes are the longest continental mountain chain, and that the summit of Mt. Chimborazo is the furthest surface point from the center of the Earth because it’s fatter at the equator - a very cool tidbit.
- As a marathon runner (a slow one!) I’ve learned to respect my feet. The tips about how to tape rubs and blisters and avoid heel lift and toe bang were super-useful!