I'm looking to find a way to describe the feeling of seeing a mountain and thinking, I want to climb to the very top of that in one word. I know it is a common feeling but there does not appear to be a succinct way to describe that emotion/sensation. I've looked in websters, OED, online and have found nothing.

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    Is this literally climbing a mountain, or overcoming difficulties in general? Aug 8, 2019 at 5:57
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    explosm.net/comics/4054 Aug 8, 2019 at 5:58
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    Something other than ambition? Aug 8, 2019 at 6:02
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    I was slightly miffed to discover exelevation and exaltitude were both already taken :(
    – Phil Sweet
    Oct 14, 2021 at 21:43
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    How about the desire to deep-sea dive? Or sky dive? Or write a book? Or tell you neighbors they are dumb idiots? Not every desire to do some thing has its own word.
    – Lambie
    Dec 13, 2021 at 21:44

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mountainlust (usually mountain lust)

In the first example it is a literal translation of the German; perhaps also based on

wanderlust—An eager desire or fondness for wandering or travelling. OED

... did not know the names of any of the mountains in his district. He had to ask around for this information... The Javanese clearly lack what Junghuhn calls berglust, which can be translated as mountainlust... which, in turn, is part of a larger codification. E. M. Beekman; Troubled Pleasures (1996)

Jon Miller; Mountain Lust: The Allure of Mont Blanc (2014)

Unlike other regiments, the SAS didn't grant their soldiers funds or time off for adventure training. It was particularly tough on Nine Troop guys, because they all got mountain lust sooner or later. Andy McNab; Seven Troop (2021)

Mountain lust gripped me, as it sometimes does when I think back on why I would spend twenty-four hours hiking up and down a rivet of magmic earth, one of the most-climbed, one of the most-photographed mountains in the world, why I would hike in the dark, through a storm, to sit in the cold and wait for the same light that appears everywhere on Earth. C. C. Peters; Mountain Madness

...have taken up cross-country skiing as a winter outlet for my mountain lust. Stephen Smith; Escape to the Mountain

Ah, the allure of switchback trails into the unknown heights. My mountain lust stirred for a second. Lone Morch; Seeing Red

It was particularly tough on Nine Troop guys, because they all got mountain lust sooner or later. Andy McNab; Seven Troop

Soon the mountain lust will be in man's veins and the open road and the open sky will beckon. Trail and Timerline

The sight of a mountain like Mount Rainier, to those of us who love mountains, causes a brief increase in the pulse and a sudden, quiet, yet involuntary intake of air through pursed lips, as though our whole being is saying, “Wow! Look at the beauty of that!” This physical reaction is usually followed immediately by the thought, “I must go there. A mountain lover like me has a desire for mountains that could perhaps be best described as “mountain lust.” Frank Henninger; Exploring Mount Rainier

In this Spot, Sadhguru sends a message from the foothills of mighty Annapurna, Nepal’s famed mountain range. Inspired by these snowcapped peaks, Sadhguru “spills” poems. “Home at Hamde,” “Annapoorna,” and “Mountain Lace” are sure to stir up “mountain lust,” as Sadhguru puts it. "About Mountain Lust"

Our Company Mountain Lust (meaning — A strong Desire for Mountains/ Love for Mountains), was formed in year 2016, but registered in 2018 as ... moutainlust website

Visit the top hills stations in India to discover the spellbinding natural beauty of the country and soothe your mountain lust. Trinity World Holidays

  • Is this in the lexis? If not, it's non-standard and unsuitable to give on ELU. Even as an open compound, it should be in standard dictionaries if it's lexical. Nov 13, 2021 at 18:07
  • mountainlust appears to be a nonce formation. Even though mountain lust isn't a single word, I thought it could be of use to the OP. An experienced user commented that a dictionary can't be expected to have every collocation. I've added several other examples.
    – DjinTonic
    Nov 13, 2021 at 19:20
  • Is it even a common collocation? Google hits seem to focus on individual repeated usages. Giving collocations when the question is a SWR is not a fitting answer; this is where I feel the 'don't make suggestions in 'comments' brigade' is too inflexible. Nov 13, 2021 at 19:24
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    I offered it as an answer because I did find the one-word mountainlust in print. (I used Goggle Books,) // It appears to be common enough if you're looking for a word to mean "seeing a mountain and thinking, I want to climb to the very top of that" :-) I have no problem deleting the answer if you think that best.
    – DjinTonic
    Nov 13, 2021 at 19:26
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    A comment isn't the place to link examples of usage for the OP to consider and I wouldn't want to suggest mountain lust without them. There are no other answers, one-word or otherwise.
    – DjinTonic
    Nov 13, 2021 at 19:34

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