For me, it’s Mount Rainier National park, a large volcano of the Cascade volcano chain in North America. Why?
- I have been hiking here for 43 years, since I was a teenager. I have seen changes occur over the years: ice caves have closed, floods have occurred, roads have closed.
- My family and friends have had many great days on this mountain. I’ve never had anyone regret spending time here.
- Next, I have spent a good chunk of my life learning the flora, fauna, geology and ecology of this mountain region. There’s always something new to learn here.
- It’s also fairly easy for me to access. In fact, the local Cascade and Olympic mountains are why I live near Seattle, Washington.
- Exploring here is never boring. I have spent much of my time exploring the alpine areas above 2000 meters. There are also dense forests. fast moving rivers, lakes and many wonderful places. While not a mountaineer, I climbed the heavily glaciated 4392 meter summit in 2011.
- Finally, it’s just a place I love.
For each of us the answer’s going to be different. How would you answer this question?
PS – This was an answer I wrote on Quora, slightly edited, to this question: