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Quotes About Mountaineering

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Robert Macfarlane
“Those who travel to mountain-tops are half in love with themselves, and half in love with oblivion.”
Robert Macfarlane, Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination

Ed Viesturs
“Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.”
Ed Viesturs, No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks

Edward Whymper
“Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought 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, Scrambles Amongst the Alps

George Mallory
“Because it's there.”
George Mallory

George Mallory
“How to get the best of it all? One must conquer, achieve, get to the top; one must know the end to be convinced that one can win the end - to know there's no dream that mustn't be dared. . . Is this the summit, crowning the day? How cool and quiet! We're not exultant; but delighted, joyful; soberly astonished. . . Have we vanquished an enemy? None but ourselves. Have we gained success? That word means nothing here. Have we won a kingdom? No. . . and yes. We have achieved an ultimate satisfaction. . . fulfilled a destiny. . . To struggle and to understand - never this last without the other; such is the law. . .”
George Mallory, Climbing Everest: The Complete Writings of George Mallory

“I like the mountains because they make me feel small,' Jeff says. 'They help me sort out what's important in life.”
Mark Obmascik, Halfway to Heaven: My White-knuckled--and Knuckleheaded--Quest for the Rocky Mountain High

Rebecca Solnit
“[In mountaineering, if] we look for private experience rather than public history, even getting to the top becomes an optional narrative rather than the main point, and those who only wander in high places become part of the story.”
Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

George Mallory
“For the stone from the top for geologists, the knowledge of the limits of endurance for the doctors, but above all for the spirit of adventure to keep alive the soul of man.”
George Mallory

“...just the bare bones of a name, all rock and ice and storm and abyss. It makes no attempt to sound human. It is atoms and stars. It has the nakedness of the world before the first man – or of the cindered planet after the last”
Fosco Maraini, Secret Tibet

“...by bringing myself over the edge and back, I discovered a passion to live my days fully, a conviction that will sustain me like sweet water on the periodically barren plain of our short lives.”
Jonathan Waterman

Maurice Herzog
“Annapurna, to which we had gone emptyhanded, was a treasure on which we should live the rest of our days. With this realization we turn the page: a new life begins.

There are other Annapurnas in the lives of men.”
Maurice Herzog, Annapurna

“I came to win, came as I always do, in order to justify who I am and what I have become; now I don't even know what that is. The rot inside me, the cancer of desire, feels unbearable, now it knows it won't be sated. There's a malignant discontent in there, and without a climb there will be no peace. When - if - I pass over to normal life I know I will drag this feeling with me.”
Andy Kirkpatrick, Psychovertical

“For me it's not climbing but moving them. It's knowing that no mountain is too high enough for my Father. It's seeking for a more personal experience with my creator,a deeper understanding of my capacity and reaching my limits.”
Kat Romero

“It's not dying that is the problem, he said. 'Climbing is like a lover, and your wife knows this. Whenever you are together, no matter how much you love your family, your thoughts are only of your lover, of climbing.”
Andy Kirkpatrick, Cold Wars: Climbing the Line Between Risk and Reality

“If you ignore the mountain, doesn't mean mountain will ignore you too..”
Tanveer Mazhar

Peter Wessel Zapffe
“Og er ikke klippen sin tilbedelse værd? Prøver den ikke hjerte og nyrer før den gir plas for de utvalgte?”
Peter Wessel Zapffe, Barske glæder og andre temaer fra et liv under åpen himmel

Peter Wessel Zapffe
“Drømme tåler ikke å bli virkeliggjort, sier dikterne, for da dør de.
Her gikk den lys levende og i all sin høireiste glans like lukt ind i sin jordiske inkarnation - i et fjorten hundrede meters eventyrslott av sølvgrå granitt.”
Peter Wessel Zapffe, Barske glæder og andre temaer fra et liv under åpen himmel

Peter Wessel Zapffe
“Fjordene fylder sine lunger med uvørne drag der nord, og himlen har kort mellem glæde og sorg.”
Peter Wessel Zapffe, Barske glæder og andre temaer fra et liv under åpen himmel

Peter Wessel Zapffe
“Jeg ligger og kjender at jeg hader dette forbandede fjeld, fordi det har makt over mitt sind.
Hvad vil du mig - at jeg er kommet de utalte mil fra en blidere egn for å slite mig ut på dine endeløse skråninger og dingle som en misdæder over utslettelsen?”
Peter Wessel Zapffe, Barske glæder og andre temaer fra et liv under åpen himmel

Peter Wessel Zapffe
“Vi samles på Fortroppens hjørne mot vest og ser over mot tinden. Fra blokken vi står på har Pan eller Jordånden eller Djævelen selv spændt en usynlig kabel på to hundrede meter over i stortindens østvegg, der nyskurte tusenmetersva er brukket efter midten og hængt op til tørk.”
Peter Wessel Zapffe, Barske glæder og andre temaer fra et liv under åpen himmel

Peter Wessel Zapffe
“Her er rummelig og bredt, her slår vi oss ned i en grushaug og spiser mat og drikker saft og ligger på ryggen med sprikende knær og røker pipe, mens blikket går lange turer på himmelen med hodet ned.”
Peter Wessel Zapffe, Barske glæder og andre temaer fra et liv under åpen himmel

Peter Wessel Zapffe
“- og nu er det jeg som står og blir liten på den siste krumning i hyldens blygt hendøende motiv.-Drømmer jeg? Er dette et skridt på en jordisk menneskevei? Kan det være en fjeldvægg, en stivnet form, denne foss av gulgrått sva, dette Niagara i sten, som med lydløs torden styrter sig ned over kanten og smelder i skogen efter et eneste sopende sveip på nærmere tusen meter?”
Peter Wessel Zapffe, Barske glæder og andre temaer fra et liv under åpen himmel

Peter Wessel Zapffe
“Som skodden skapes, ændres og forsvinder - slik skummer også livsformerne for fjeldets fot. Det er ikke menneskealdre Stetinden har skuet ned på fra sin ensomme høide, men jordaldre.”
Peter Wessel Zapffe, Barske glæder og andre temaer fra et liv under åpen himmel

Peter Wessel Zapffe
“Hans andakt er undringen ved det å være til, taknemmelighet over kroppens og sansernes og sindets virkelighet i en verden av fabler. Når tanken går mot den store gåde, da blir kanhænde tinden til hans altersten - og det som damper av den er ikke blod (skønt den kræver sitt offer iblandt), men nattens stigende tåker gjennemlyst av soloppgangen.”
Peter Wessel Zapffe, Barske glæder og andre temaer fra et liv under åpen himmel

Peter Wessel Zapffe
“Det er tre ting en mand vil ha for sig selv, og det tredie er soveposen.”
Peter Wessel Zapffe, Barske glæder og andre temaer fra et liv under åpen himmel

Peter Wessel Zapffe
“Men hensigten, spør folket, meningen, maalet? Der er ingen hensigt, der er intet maal. Tindesporten er meningsløs som selve livet, - derfor kan dens trolddom aldrig dø.”
Peter Wessel Zapffe, Barske glæder og andre temaer fra et liv under åpen himmel

“Profound silence would brood over the valley, even weighing down our spirits with indefinable heaviness. There can be no other place in the world where man feels himself so alone, so isolated, so completely ignored by nature, so incapable of entering into communion with her”
David Oliver Relin, Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time

Peter Wessel Zapffe
“Aftenen endte med idyll. Håkon kaldte mig genial, og jeg svarte at han var en stor menneskekjender.”
Peter Wessel Zapffe, Barske glæder og andre temaer fra et liv under åpen himmel

Robert Macfarlane
“As de Saussure said, risk-taking brings with it its own reward: it keeps a "continual agitation alive" in the heart. Hope, fear. Hope, fear - this is the fundamental rhythm of mountaineering. Life, it frequently seems in the mountains, is more intensely lived the closer one gets to its extinction: we never feel so alive as when we have nearly died.”
Robert Macfarlane, Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination

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