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"To get an higher vantage point"... yes, that's definitely one of the main reasons that lead me to explore the mountains.
Certainly I am not going there to conquer (what?), to test myself, to see how long it takes me to accomplish a certain path (I could not care less!)... but rather to earn this so much loved higher point of observation
Most simply because, without using metaphors or other, it allows to gain a different perspective on the world.
Here you can see the Punta Lunella (2.772 m), a mountain in the Graian Alps (Italy), as seen from the summit of Mount Rocciamelone (3.538 m).
This is an early morning shot, taken when clouds, mists and many slanting rays were shrouding the mountain in mystery.