Category Archives: Mountains

Sugarloaf Mountain: Facts About the Peak in Rio de Janeiro

Here are some facts about Sugarloaf Mountain.

  • There are more than 400 hills, peaks and mountains called Sugarloaf, but this page refers to the one in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  • It is located next to Guanabara Bay on an Atlantic Ocean peninsula.
  • Sugarloaf rises more than 390 metres above the bay.
  • It is thought to look like a sugarloaf, a concentrated domed block of refined sugar.
  • A cable car system¬†can take more than 60 people at a time from a ground station to the peak as part of a 1.4 km route.
  • The cable cars were introduced in 1912.
  • The cable cars are bubble shaped and made in Switzerland. They¬†allow passengers to get stunning views of the city.

Sugarloaf Mountain

  • Sugarloaf is very popular among rocks climbers.
  • The mountain appears in the James Bond film Moonraker.
  • Sugarloaf Mountain is formed from one block of granite (it’s a monolith) and supports very little vegetation on its upper slopes.
  • It is estimated that more than 35 million people have ridden the Sugarloaf Mountain cable cars since they were opened.

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Mount Fuji: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Mount Fuji. Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan, at 3,776 metres. It is located on the island of Honshu, about 100 km from Tokyo and is visible from the city on clear days. Partly because of its symmetrical cone, it has become a symbol of the country. It… Continue Reading

10 Table Mountain Facts

Here are ten facts about Table Mountain. Table Mountain is a flat mountain overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. It is one of twelve well-known flat topped mountains around the world. The sandstone mountain is about 3,563 feet high. The flat summit offers spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean and the city… Continue Reading

George Mallory: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about George Mallory, the famous English mountaineer. George Herbert Leigh Mallory was born on 18th June 1886 in Mobberley, Cheshire. He first started to become interested in rock climbing during his last year at Winchester College. He studied history at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and he was a keen sportsman. He rowed… Continue Reading

Mount McKinley: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Mount McKinley. Mount McKinley is the highest mountain in North America, at 20,320 feet. It is located in the Alaska Range in Alaska. The mountain is also known as Denali, and is the centerpiece of the Denali National Park and Preserve. The park covers over 6,000,000 acres, making it larger… Continue Reading

Mount Kenya Facts

Here are some interesting facts about Mount Kenya. Mount Kenya is 17,057 feet high. It is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest in Africa, after Mount Kilimanjaro. An area of 276 square miles around the mountain’s centre is designated as a National Park, as well as a World Heritage site. The park… Continue Reading