Distance gives the land an appearance that brings us closer to its vastness our human tininess. We all remember our first plane trip and the sense of wonder that our height above the Earth's express woke in us. One the summit of a high mountain, one has this feeling exponentially stronger than when sitting in an airplane. This is because a climber's feet rest on solid ground: they connect to the land rather than soar over it. Many a human feels at that moment like a direct extension of the Earth, experiencing its greatness and their own smallness all the more powerfully.