55+ Best Climbing Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Climbing is the activity of using one’s hands, feet, or any other part of the body to ascend a steep topographical object. Profoundly inspirational climbing quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

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Famous Climbing Quotes

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

The mountains are calling and I must go. John Muir

There are a dozen reasons for climbing, some bad, and I’ve used most of them myself. The worst are fame and money. Commonly people cite exploration or discovery, but that’s rarely relevant in today’s world. The only good reason to climb is to improve yourself. Yvon Chouinard

The higher the mountain, the deeper the valley. Alsacian Proverb

The best part of climbing is when it all clicks and gravity ceases to exist. Chris Sharma

If the path is beautiful, let us not ask where it leads. Anatole France

When in doubt, run it out.

Learn to climb trees before climbing mountains. Kadhirmathiyan Velumani

Never did I explore life as intensively in its beautiness, as while hanging on two fingertips freely over the deep hollow Wolfgang Güllich

I may climb perhaps to no great heights, but I will climb alone. Cyrano de Bergerac

Getting to the summit is optional, getting down is mandatory. Ed Viesturs from No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World’s 14 Highest Peaks

The higher you climb on the mountain, the harder the wind blows. Sam Cummings

What advantages do we hope to gain from climbing mountains Naturally, there is the pleasure we get from the climbing process itself and from our victories, but as well as the delights of exercise in a mountain environment, there is also the process, coming every time as a surprise, of self discovery deepening a little further with every climb: who we are, how far we can go, what is our potential, where are the limits of our technique, our strength, our skill, our mountaineering sense: discoveries whose acceptance means that, if necessary, we may turn back and return another time, several times if need be Tomorrow is a new day. Gaston Rebuffat from The Mont Blanc Massif: The Hundred Finest Routes

Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long. George Bernard Shaw

Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are enough 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 from Scrambles Amongst The Alps

Better we raise our skill than lower the climb. Royal Robbins

I would say that the need to climb comes from that tough, lonely place of searching for your dignity. You know, that place  where we actually choose to confront our own weaknesses and fears, where we rebel against the terror of death  is really about dignity. That’s why alpinism is not just the act of ascending a mountain, but also inwardly of ascending above yourself. Voytek Kurtyka

Success is not counted by how high you have climbed but by how many people you brought with you.  Will Rose

It doesn’t have to be fun to be fun. Barry Blanchard

It’s like climbing a staircase. I’m on the top of the staircase, I look behind me, and I see the steps. That’s where I was. Jeanne Moreau

You never climb the same mountain twice, not even in memory. Memory rebuilds the mountain, changes the weather, retells the jokes, remakes all the moves. Lito Tejada Flores

Don’t show your inferiority by climbing a stunted tree, show your superiority by climbing the longest and crooked one. Michael Bassey Johnson

In this short span between my fingertips and the smooth edge and these tense feet cramped to a crystal ledge, I hold the life of a man. Geoffrey Winthrop Young

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. Stephen Covey

I don’t think I would become a climber if I were a young man now. What is freedom to a bird if it is in the middle of a flock? John Gill

Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. Michael Jordan

One does not climb to attain enlightenment, rather one climbs because they are enlightened. Zen Master Futomaki

Static people don’t fall! You fell because you were either climbing or running. This is a sign that you are on track. Israelmore Ayivor

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

You wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don’t make moves and when you don’t climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you’re not competition. Nicki Minaj

In climbing you are always faced with new problems in which you must perform using intuitive movements, and then later analyze them to figure out why they work, and then learn from them. Wolfgang Gullich

There’s no secret on how to attain greater height, just keep climbing the ladder, don’t look at the dreadful distance, lock up that negative thought today, and fulfill your dreams. Michael Bassey

One can’t take a breath large enough to last a lifetime; one can’t eat a meal big enough so that one never needs to eat again. Similarly, I don’t think any climb can make you content never to climb again. Woodrow Wilson Sayre

If you’re climbing the ladder of life, you go rung by rung, one step at a time. Don’t look too far up, set your goals high but take one step at a time. Donny Osmond

Stand at the base and look up at 3,000 feet of blankness. It just looks like there’s no way you can climb it. That’s what you seek as a climber. You want to find something that looks absurd and figure out how to do it. Tommy Caldwell

The summit is just a halfway point. Ed Viesturs

The best climber in the world is the one having the most fun! Alex Lowe

When preparing to climb a mountain pack a light heart. Dan May

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

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

To be a climber one has to accept that gratification is rarely immediate. Bernadette McDonald

Climb mountains, not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world. David McCullough Jr.

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 Harding

On life and peaks it is the same. Wash your spirit clean Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. John Muir

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

Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. David McCullough Jr.

Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence. Hermann Buhl

A man does not climb a mountain without bringing some of it away with him and leaving  something of himself upon it. Sir Martin Conway

In the mountains there are only two grades: You can either do it, or you can’t. Rusty Baille

Fain would I climb, yet fear I to fall. Walter Raleigh

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

To see what others can not You must climb the mountain Ron Akers

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, only 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