Remember driving from the Prairies and watching in awe as the mountains rose up before you? Remember that spectacular hike you took? Biking down Swansea? Or reaching your first summit? Remember mixing your paints until you found exactly the right shade to capture an alpine larch?

Then you’re invited to be a special guest speaker for International Mountain Day.

Wildsight Invermere is preparing to host mountain lovers of all backgrounds – from students to artists to snowboarders, hunters, hikers, biologists, climbers, photographers and more – to share their stories at a free Mountains Matter event that will take place at 7 p.m. at The Mountain Hub on Tuesday, December 11th.

“Mountains are a huge part of where we live,” said Wildsight Invermere’s branch president Baiba Morrow, adding that the event will be an opportunity to “get together and talk about mountains and why they matter to us.”

Speakers will submit up to five images to accompany their talks and will have two minutes to share a memory, what they love most about mountains or whatever else they’d like from the joy of swimming in an alpine lake or how a mountain meadow inspires their art.

“I’ve had the privilege to travel mountain areas around the world,” Ms. Morrow said. She has so many mountain stories that she is still deciding which one to share.

To keep the event running smoothly, Shannon McGinty will assemble a slideshow to accompany the talks. Guest speakers will need to submit the images they would like to use to shannonmcg7@gmail.com by Sunday, December 9th.

Everyone is invited, along with those who would rather just listen.