Quotes on Climbing Mountains Inspirational

Remember: if you take bivouac equipment along, you will bivouac... Yvon Chouinard

Er, I say, are you going to be able to get me out? Eric Shipton

Screwing is more enjoyable than drilling bolt holes !. Warren G Harding

You guys going up? Yes, yes, we go up. You may be going a lot higher than you think! Don Whillans

Climbing at altitude is like hitting your head against a brick wall - it's great when you stop. Chris Darwin

He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary. Friedrich Nietzsche

Never noticed a female monkey not climbing as well as a male, have you? Don Whillans

I do recall that El Cap seemed to be in much better condition than I was, Warren G Harding

Just a reminder - a guidebook is no substitute for skill, experience, judgment and lots of tension. Charlie Fowler

I've climbed with some of the best climbers in the world, more importantly, to me, they are some of the best people in the world. That's another reason why I climb. Jim Wickwire

They say you can't do it, but sometimes it doesn't always work. Casey Stengel

John Wayne never wore Lycra. Ron Kauk

You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down. Stanislaw Lem

In the American Southwest, I began a lifelong love affair with a pile of rock. Edward Abbey

Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion. Anatoli Boukreev

If thy heart fails thee, climb not at all. Elizabeth I

Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery. John Ruskin

Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it. Edmund Hillary

Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. John Muir

I soon learned that Everest wasn't a private affair. It belonged to many men. Tom Hornbein

The best part is getting to the top 'cause the pain's all over. Dan Osman

Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you. David Mccullough

Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain. Richard M. Nixon

Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was. Dag Hammarskjold

If adventure has a final and all-embracing motive, it is surely this: we go out because it is our nature to go out, to climb mountains, and to paddle rivers, to fly to the planets and plunge into the depths of the oceans... When man ceases to do these things, he is no longer man. Wilfrid Noyce

Mountains are not fair or unfair, they are just dangerous. Reinhold Messner

Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory. Ed Viesturs

Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb. Greg Child

One thing to remember on the Eiger, never look up, or you may need a plastic surgeon. Don Whillans

Bouldering is like masturbation: not as good as the real thing but you don't need to worry about your protection. Scott Grimes

The reason it was so scary was that there was only one climber capable of rescuing us, and that was Layton Kor, and he was in Colorado. Yvon Chouinard

To put yourself into a situation where a mistake cannot necessarily be recouped, where the life you lose may be your own, clears the head wonderfully. It puts domestic problems back into proportion and adds an element of seriousness to your drab, routine life. Perhaps this is one reason why climbing has become increasingly hard as society has become increasingly, disproportionately, coddling. Al Alvarez

Life is brought down to the basics: if you are warm, regular, healthy, not thirsty or hungry, then you are not on a mountain... Climbing at altitude is like hitting your head against a brick wall - it's great when you stop. Chris Darwin

It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it's the grain of sand in your shoe. Robert W Service

Each climber loses one finger or toe once in a while. This is a small but important reason for Polish climbers success. Western climbers haven't lost as many fingers or toes. Wanda Rutkiewicz

I may not be able to pull on the smallest of holds, but those I can pull on I can pull on all day long. Jimmy Jewel

As I hammered in the last bolt and staggered over the rim, it was not at all clear to me who was the conqueror and who was the conquered. I do recall that El Cap seemed to be in much better condition than I was. Warren G Harding

If you are faced with a mountain, you have several options. You can climb it and cross to the other side. You can go around it. You can dig under it. You can fly over it. You can blow it up. You can ignore it and pretend it's not there. You can turn around and go back the way you came. Or you can stay on the mountain and make it your home. Vera Nazarian

On this proud and beautiful mountain we have lived hours of fraternal, warm and exalting nobility. Here for a few days we have ceased to be slaves and have really been men. It is hard to return to servitude. Lionel Terray

When you ride your bike, you're working your legs, but your mind is on a treadmill. When you play chess, your mind is clicking along, but your body is stagnating. Climbing brings it together in a beautiful, magical way. The adrenaline is flowing, and it's flowing all the time. Pat Ament

The bizarre trend in mountaineers is not the risk they take, but the large degree to which they value life. They are not crazy because they don't dare, they're crazy because they do. These people tend to enjoy life to the fullest, laugh the hardest, travel the most, and work the least. Lisa Morgan

I believe that the ascent of mountains forms an essential chapter in the complete duty of man, and that it is wrong to leave any district without setting foot on its highest peak. Leslie Stephen

My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing. Aldous Huxley

The first question which you will ask and which I must try to answer is this; What is the use of climbing Mount Everest? and my answer must at once be, it is no use. There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. George Leigh Mallory

Mountain hikes instilled in me a life-long urge to get to the top of any inviting summit or peak. Paul D Boyer

Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley. Theodore Roethke

We don't live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means, and that is what life is for. George Leigh Mallory

What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. George Leigh Mallory

There have been joys too great to be described in words, and there have been griefs upon which I have not dared to dwell, and with these in mind I say, climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are naught without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste, look well to each step, and from the beginning think what may be the end. Edward Whymper

Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out - it's the grain of sand in your shoe. Robert W Service

In a sense everything that is exists to climb. All evolution is a climbing towards a higher form. Climbing for life as it reaches towards the consciousness, towards the spirit. We have always honored the high places because we sense them to be the homes of gods. In the mountains there is the promise of... something unexplainable. A higher place of awareness, a spirit that soars. So we climb... and in climbing there is more than a metaphor; there is a means of discovery. Rob Parker

You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know. Rene Daumal

But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live. Chained by his servitude he is a slave who has forfeited all freedom. Only a person who risks is free. The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; and the realist adjusts the sails William Arthur Ward

The greatest hazard in life is to risk NOTHING. William Arthur Ward

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. Nelson Mandela

Climbing is the lazy man's way to enlightenment. It forces you to pay attention, because if you don't, you won't succeed, which is minor - or you may get hurt, which is major. Instead of years of meditation, you have this activity that forces you to relax and monitor your breathing and tread that line between living and dying. When you climb, you always are confronted with the edge. Hey, if it was just like climbing a ladder, we all would have quit a long time ago. Duncan Ferguson

If the conquest of a great peak brings moments of exultation and bliss, which in the monotonous, materialistic existence of modern times nothing else can approach, it also presents great dangers. It is not the goal of 'grand alpinisme' to face peril, but it is one of the tests one must undergo to deserve the joy of rising for an instant above the state of crawling grubs. Lionel Terray

Some mountaineers are proud of having done all their climbs without bivouac. How much they have missed ! And the same applies to those who enjoy only rock climbing, or only the ice climbs, onyl the ridges or faces. We should refuse none of the thousands and one joys that the mountains offer us at every turn. We should brush nothing aside, set no restrictions. We should experience hunger and thirst, be able to go fast, but also to go slowly and to contemplate. Gaston Rebuffat

Great things are done when men and mountains meet. William Blake

[On social climbing:] Everything that goes up must come down. Maxine Cheshire

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. Edmund Hillary

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. John Muir

Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. Leo Buscaglia

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. Edward Abbey

Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain. The mind does not create what it perceives, anymore than the eye creates the rose. Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have two doctors, my left leg and my right. G M Trevelyan

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. William Arthur Ward

... they always tell us it's getting to the top that's hard. Climbing's the easy part. Sliding down the other side, that's the hard part. Susan Dunlap

Anyone who thinks that the climbing of Denali is a picnic is badly mistaken. Hudson Stuck

In the mountains of wisdom no climbing is in vain. Nhat Hanh

There is no summit in art; there is only continuous climbing! Mehmet Murat Ildan

Prayer is climbing up into the heart of God. Martin Luther

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn. John Muir

For ambitious and greedy, there exists no summit, but only climbing up perpetually. Mehmet Murat Ildan

Faith moves mountains, but you have to keep pushing while you are praying. Mason Cooley

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity... John Muir

The mountains are calling and I must go. John Muir

One who can move mountains start with the little stones. Confucius

I like being near the top of a mountain. One can't get lost here. Wislawa Szymborska

Climbing is, above all, a matter of integrity Gaston Rebuffat

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