“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”
-- Edmund Hillary
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”
-- T. S. Eliot.
"In the mountains there are only two grades: You can either do it, or you can't."
-- Rusty Baille
“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”
-- Frank A. Clark
“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”
-- John Muir
"Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion...I go to them as humans go to worship. From their lofty summits I view my past, dream of the future and, with an unusual acuity, am allowed to experience the present moment...my vision cleared, my strength renewed. In the mountains I celebrate creation. On each journey I am reborn."
-- Anatoli Boukreev
"Suddenly, peering down from my giddy perch in the sky, I understood for the first time that here at my side was not friend but family, and that what we were doing was not climbing but living..."
-- Robert Leonard Reid
"We came looking for this sort of thing. We wanted to go out and get scared, get miserable, and enjoy ourselves in a way that you can't really understand unless you do this stuff, and like to do this stuff.
-- Conrad Anker