Which Famous Mountain Matches Your Personality?

By: Elisabeth Henderson

Which Famous Mountain Matches Your Personality?
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About This Quiz

People go to the mountains for many different purposes. Some seek the high peaks as a way to test the endurance of their physical and mental stamina. Serious rock climbers and mountaineers cultivate intricate skills to traverse vertical slopes and achieve goals that most of us would not even consider within the world of reality. Others climb into the heights to come face to face with mortal danger as a path to encounter the sublime. Many tourists arrive with a camera, in search of beauty alone and are in no way interested in a battle of endurance. 

The reasons why you approach a mountain speak volumes about your personality. But each personality is a mountain unto itself. Mountains vary broadly in their geology — what are the raw materials of the rock, and what cataclysm brought these giants into being? So, too, personalities are developed from a mixture of genetic heritage and life experience. Others then encounter the personality that forms out of each unique set of circumstances as an adventure, a challenge, a beauty unlike anyone else in the world. 

What are your trails like? Do you need ropes to make an ascent? What will people find if they get to the summit of really getting to know you? Follow these questions to the peak, and we’ll read you your topographical map! 

Climbing Mountain If you are planning a journey, which of these is a crucial consideration?
The journey will be full of adventure and will put me to the test.
The journey will give me space for reflection.
The journey will bring me to meet interesting people.
The journey will be effortless and lead to a luxury resort.

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Coffee Shop If you meet someone for coffee for the first time, what topics might you cover?
Work, sports and accomplishments
Philosophy, religion and life experiences
Current trends, memes and politics
Favorite shows, food and music

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Compass and map If someone hired a guide to get to know you, in what would the guide need expertise?
Traversing icy slopes, scaling walls and managing high altitude
Blocking out the chatter of the world to really tune in to the present
Knowing the signs to escape before an explosion
Packing a cooler with the appropriate number of beverages

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Lizard What kind of animals lurk beneath your surface?
Snow leopards
Foxes
Lizards
Monkeys

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Texting If you are communicating with a friend you’ve known for a long time, what method of communication are you most likely to use?
Phone call
Snail mail
Text
Snap chat

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Workout at gym What is something that could get you out of bed earlier than you have to get up?
My exercise routine
Meditation
Working on a project
Nothing

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Friends at the movies If you meet a new friend and really want to get to know that person better, what might you suggest that you do together?
Go for a run
Do yoga
Go to the movies
Go out for drinks

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Woman looking in mirror If you look in the mirror of your soul, what do you see?
Jagged, soaring peaks
Symmetrical, conical beauty
An explosive abyss
A lush jungle

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Friends on a hike When people get past the superficial level of knowing you, what do they find at the next level?
Another facade
A history of struggle
Whatever I want them to see
Someone who enjoys life

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Woman kayaking When you think of “beauty,” what comes to mind most readily?
An awe-inspiring landscape
An elusive image
A seductive person
A decadent experience

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Woman looking at view If you experience something beautiful, how do you respond to the moment?
I want to chase after it again.
I try to hold it in my heart.
I put an image of it on social media.
I start looking for the next experience.

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Woman walking dogs It’s Wednesday morning, and your boss just laid you off. What do you do next?
Go for a furious run
Go on a long walk and let my mind untangle
Go on a rant telling my boss what I think of them
Treat myself to a nice meal

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Group of friends Which of the following do you value most in a friend?
Someone who seems to understand without me having to tell them everything
Someone to whom I could tell anything, and they would accept it
Someone who sees me as I want to be seen
Someone who likes to enjoy life as much as I do

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Sunny mountain What would a weather report of your personality predict?
Mostly cloudy with a chance of blizzards
Mostly cloudy with a strong chance of rain in the afternoon
Sunny and clear with a chance of explosions
Mostly sunny with scattered thunderstorms

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Friends listening to music Which of these values draws you to the music you listen to most often?
It takes my mind off of whatever I’m stressing about.
It gives me space to breathe.
It matches the rhythms of what I’m feeling.
It gives me a sense of aesthetic pleasure.

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Birthday cake If you’re planning a gathering to celebrate your birthday, how many friends will you invite?
Five to seven
Two to three
10 to 20
Eight to 10

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Las Vegas Which destination would you avoid like the plague?
A place where I would have to interact too closely with strangers
Las Vegas
A place where I would be totally alone
A place where no one speaks English

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Kids on playground When you were a kid, where could you be found during recess?
On the basketball court
Alone on the playground
Leading a pack of kids in an involved game
Trading lunches with other kids

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Writing If you were to write something just because you wanted to, what kind of material would you write?
A novel
A memoir
An opinion piece
A blog

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Ice Climbing Which of these activities most resembles what it’s like to get to know you?
Ice climbing
Walking meditation
Walking through a hall of mirrors
Laying on a beach with an umbrella in your drink

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Friends hug it out If your best friend lied to you about something really intimate, how might you react?
I would completely shut down.
I would reluctantly tell them how much they hurt me.
I would thrash them on social media.
I would treat myself to a fancy weekend trip and never return their calls.

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Pack of suitcase What motivates you to travel?
Testing how I respond in challenging situations
Encountering the unknown
Checking items off my bucket list
Having new culinary experiences

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Friends on a hike How can people get to know you on a deeper level?
Spend time with me over a long time and show that I can trust them
Ask me authentic questions
Hang out often and not say something that I deeply disagree with
Have experiences together enjoying the good things in life

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Hot Springs Which of the following geological characteristics describes what you are really like on the inside?
Crevasses, deep cracks in the ice
Rocky slopes
Simmering lava
Warm springs

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Woman with tablet at night If a friend calls you with some personal drama right before you’re going to bed, what will you do?
Listen to them for a bit and try to offer advice
Listen as long as they want to talk
Pretend that the call is breaking up
Ask if we can talk tomorrow

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Ice Axe What type of gear is necessary to scale your heights?
Crampons and an ice axe
Meditative headspace
Walking shoes
A car

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Friends hike If your friends were to describe your most dominant mood, how might they describe it?
Serious
Pensive
Feisty
Chill

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Winter hike If someone were hiking up your slopes, what music might be on their playlist?
Epic fantasy soundtrack
Chanting
Hip hop
Latest pop hits

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Friends walking How much time is required to really explore the layers of your personality?
You need to train for years and then spend weeks of all-out effort.
If you ask the right questions, I’ll tell you who I really am.
It’s an all-day affair.
If we spend some solid time together, I’ll relax enough to be who I really am.

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Dad and daughter hiking What’s a sign that marks people who have climbed the mountain of your personality?
Frostbite
Mindful awareness
Adrenaline rush and a souvenir
Mud dried on their skin

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