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SIULA GRANDE AND YERUPAJÁ PEAKS, CORDILLERA HUAYHUASH, PERU

On a west­ern fringe of the Peru­vian An­des, two fa­mous peaks greet hik­ers ven­tur­ing the turquoise glacial lakes in this iso­lated val­ley, away from the main Huayhuash trekking cir­cuit. At 6 635 me­tres, Yerupajá (sec­ond from right) is the sec­ond-high­est in Peru and Siula Grande (6 344 me­tres, far left) lives on in climb­ing in­famy as the peak that al­most killed Bri­tish moun­taineer Joe Simp­son in 1985. His best-sell­ing book Touch­ingth­eVoid re­counts a near-fa­tal at­tempt to be the first to as­cend its west­ern face. This De­cem­ber, how­ever, we cel­e­brate moun­tains for some­thing much more im­por­tant: life. Moun­tains pro­vide up to 80% of the world’s fresh wa­ter, al­most 20% of our elec­tric­ity (through hy­dropower), food, medicine and, most im­por­tantly, homes to some of the most di­verse, fas­ci­nat­ing cul­tures on Earth. Pro­tect­ing the habi­tats and ecosys­tems of Earth’s moun­tains is pro­tect­ing hu­man­ity’s sur­vival. DO IT Each year on In­ter­na­tional Moun­tain Day (11 De­cem­ber) hik­ing and climb­ing clubs around the world or­gan­ise events to high­light the im­por­tance of sus­tain­able moun­tain de­vel­op­ment. Check in with the Moun­tain Club of South Africa ( cen.mcsa.org.za) for up­com­ing events.

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