What do the mountains mean to you?

“Mountains have become synonymous with my life, ever since I impulsively decided to climb the Seven Summits ten years ago. Since then, they have inspired me, sustained me, and challenged me. To those that I’ve met along the way, whether fellow travelers or those that live among the majestic peaks, thank you. May we continue to appreciate and celebrate their natural wonder.”  – Instagram’s @powerful_human

The mountains are a hostile place; yet like a siren, they beckon the adventurous and wild hearted to their slopes. The power and magnificence is often what keeps us coming back again and again.

Last week was International Mountain Day and to celebrate, we asked our Instagram community to post photos of their favorite mountains and alpine adventures. During the weekend we saw amazing photos and stories from all over the globe.

We’re featuring a few of our favorites below.

A photo posted by Jake Carpenter (@jakecarp) on

A photo posted by dustytraveler (@dustytraveler) on

A photo posted by Ruben Payan (@powerful_human) on

A photo posted by Joletta Belton (@mycuppajo) on

A photo posted by Marta Sindelar (@martalu20) on

A photo posted by Benjamin Lieber (@bennylieb) on

A photo posted by Greg S (@carpe_diem___) on

Stay tuned for the next weekend project on Instagram.