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Old 04-13-2012, 12:38 PM
 
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The only reason most people go to the Alps is to ski. There are planty of cheap flights from the UK, as well as the Eurostar Ski Train from London St Pancras

Ski Train - Trains to France - Eurostar
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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Exactly. Are mountain ranges such as the Himalayas really suited for skiing? They are pretty dangerous, not to mention surrounded by mostly unpopulated, untouched land. Too hard to get to.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:59 PM
 
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It isn't about total height.

All these mountains are different, and are beautiful in their own way.

If the only criteria is total height than the Himalayas win hands down.

We could post photos of breathtaking mountains forever in this discussion. Every single one of them could be stunning, but that doesnt mean one is overrated.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Singapore
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Many countries have very beautiful mountains. Some of my favorites are in Pakistan:









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Old 04-14-2012, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Jeez, even the Catskills are overrated because of where they are. "Overrated" is a function of the large number of people who have access to something they can rate and a lack of familiarity with alternatives. Athletes who play for New York teams are overrated, American movies are overrated.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:24 AM
 
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This is a good question. I wouldn't say the Rockies, especially the Canadian Rockies, are overrated but here are mountains outside the west that are quite beautiful and certainly rival the western mountains in beauty, if not in publicity.

Check out the Guilin mountains in China


http://www.visualphotos.com/photo/1x...0-00618782.jpg

Or these in the Yangzi River area

http://www.rickety.us/wp-content/upl...nnan_China.jpg

The Yellow Mountains

http://photoeverywhere.co.uk/east/ch...china01762.jpg



http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1182/...51e8631cd9.jpg
Awesome pics! I've always wanted to go to Guilin. I want to check out the Yangzi River area as well. Those mountains seem to go up forever.

I wouldn't say the Alps are overrated. The Rockies however, sure they are beautiful, but I actually prefer the Cascades or Sierras.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:07 AM
 
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Well, if you spend most of your time in English language media and environments, then you'll likely hear more about the things, places, and people which are identified with, inhabited by, or members of that society. The same goes with other cultures.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:58 AM
 
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I wouldn't say they are over-rated so much as contextually appreciated.

You ask an American what he considers to be the most spectacular mountain range and he may well say, "The Rockies". You ask an Iranian the same question and he will claim the Elburz. An Indian will claim the Himalaya, and a Bolivian, the Andes.

There is something to be said for people's opinions being based on their local reality rather than what they have only seen in pictures. People who are well-traveled may have a more cosmopolitan opinion.

Also, appreciation of such things is entirely subjective. Many people do not judge the beauty of mountains based on superlatives or statistics. Size isn't everything. To me, the most beautiful mountains in the world barely exceed 4,000 feet above sea level.
very good point +1

I agree that the alps are very stunning, but you should see them in person.

I think the rockies are really stunning from particular places in wyoming, a bit more picturesque.

I had a similar conversation with someone about cities on the pacific coast vs cities on the mediterranean, its all subjective.
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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The spectacularness of mountains has to do, oftentimes, with where you are standing and looking at them.

If you're in Denver, at 5280 feet in altitude, those mountains don't look so awesome. If you're at sea level in Seattle, and get a glimpse of Mt. Ranier at 14,000+ feet, on a rare sunny day, now that's just mind-blowing!!!

And if you're looking up at the Andes mountains, at the lowest altitude possible, then you're left speechless with amazement! But not if you're in La Paz, Bolivia, at 12,500 feet up or Quito at 9,500 feet up! In Santiago, Chile, looking up at Mt. Anacongua at 22,600 feet, on a rare clear day, W-o-w-e-e!!!

Unfortunately, when I was in Nepal, I never was able to grasp the splendor of the Himalayans due to weather conditions at the time, or Mt. McKinley in Alaska.

Can't really judge the Alps, as the times I was there was in late Fall, too cloudy to see them in all their glory.
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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We could post photos of breathtaking mountains forever in this discussion. Every single one of them could be stunning, but that doesnt mean one is overrated.
Perhaps, another way of wording it is rather than it being the well-known ones overrated, but rather that the other ones are underrated?
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