Mountaineering Quotes

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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

Jeffrey Rasley
“Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.”
Jeffrey Rasley, Bringing Progress to Paradise: What I Got from Giving to a Mountain Village in Nepal

George Mallory
“People ask me, 'What is the use of climbing Mount Everest?' and my answer must at once be, 'It is of no use.'There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. Oh, we may learn a little about the behaviour of the human body at high altitudes, and possibly medical men may turn our observation to some account for the purposes of aviation. But otherwise nothing will come of it. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron... If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won't see why we go. 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. We eat and make money to be able to live. That is what life means and what life is for.”
George Mallory, Climbing Everest: The Complete Writings of George Mallory

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

“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

Amit Kalantri
“You need mountains, long staircases don't make good hikers.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

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

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

George Mallory
“My mind is in a state of constant rebellion. I believe that will always be so.”
George Mallory

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

Fosco Maraini
“...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

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

“...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

Anatoli Boukreev
“The end of every road is only the beginning of a new one, even longer and more difficult”
Anatoli Boukreev, The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest

“Few experiences rival a serious climb for bringing us into close contact with our own limitations. Part engineering project, part chess game, part ultramarathon, mountaineering demands of us in a way that other endeavors do not. After my trip to Cholatse, I came to think of high-altitude climbing not so much as a sport but as a kind of art or even, in its purest form, rugged spirituality—a modern version of secular asceticism that purifies the soul by stripping away worldly comfort and convenience while forcing you to stare across the threshold of mortality. It is our effort to toil through these hazardous and inhospitable landscapes that culminates with such potent effect, what humanistic psychologists have described as the attainment of self-actualization, a pinnacle of personal expression that dissolves the constraints of our ordinary lives and allows us, even if fleetingly, to “become what we are capable of becoming.” This transformative power is, in a way, why summits have taken on so much symbolic importance for those who pursue them. As the reigning mythology suggests, the higher the peak—Rainier, Cholatse, Everest—the more it fires the imagination.”
Nick Heil, Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season

“Tomaz believed that 80% alpinism was mental and spiritual and that his third eye vision & openness of his mind to the language of the walls were critical”
Bernadette McDonald, Tomaz Humar

“Every mountain has its soul... if the mountain does not accept you & you don't submit to her will, she will destroy you.”
Bernadette McDonald, Tomaz Humar

“In contrast, his parents considered climbing a completely useless and dangerous activity.”
Bernadette McDonald, Tomaz Humar

“Life is beautiful, but only if you live it fully!”
Bernadette McDonald, Tomaz Humar

Robert Mads Anderson
“At dawn the sun came across the land and into the window, slanting across the room with equatorial brightness, as close to the land as the earth would allow it.”
Robert Mads Anderson, Seven Summits Solo

Mehmet Murat ildan
“The peaks of the highest mountains are very frightening, but in the spirit of a mountaineer there is something that constantly feeds his courage: An endless desire to succeed!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Mehmet Murat ildan
“When you climb up to the highest point of a mountain, the mountain will climb down to your lowest point!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Going to the top of a high mountain to conquer it is a primitive thought! If you go up the mountain to touch him, to understand him, to feel what he's going through and see what he sees, then you're a good and an uncommon mountaineer!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Mehmet Murat ildan
“The night presents its most magnificent gifts to the mountaineers who endure the biggest troubles!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Mehmet Murat ildan
“If you have seen a mountain that invites you to its summit, know that it is a beautiful mountain and its invitation is already that beauty itself!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Mehmet Murat ildan
“When you climb to the top of a mountain and still thinking about your own little problems rather than major universal issues, then you haven't climbed that mountain, you're still in the lower valleys!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Those who feel sorry for not being able to get to the top of a high mountain should remember as a consolation that the top of the mountain will always be there!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

“[Everest’s] fatality rate - the percentage of climbers who went above Base Camp and died - had averaged 0.7 the previous decade [1998 - 2008]…In 2008, the fatality rate of those leaving [K2] base camp for a summit bid was 30.5%, higher than the casualty rate at Omaha Beach on D-Day.”
Peter Zuckerman, Amanda Padoan, Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day

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