35+ Best Rock Climbing Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Rock climbing is a sport in which participants climb up, down or across natural rock formations or artificial rock walls. Profoundly inspirational rock climbing quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

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Famous Rock Climbing Quotes

I am an amateur mountain climber. Once or twice a year I go off to Chamonix in the French Alps, under Mont Blanc, and with a guide do treks that include rock climbing at high altitude. — Robert Littell

My mother used to rock me – and she used big rocks. — Rodney Dangerfield

The tide of visitors will float slowly about the bottom of the valley as harmless scum collecting in hotel and saloon eddies, leaving the rocks and falls eloquent as ever. — John Muir

Climbing here saved my life from the confines of materialistic illusion that we’re taught as children in school. The way I see it, there are two worlds: there’s the world where nothing is sacred except money, and the other world where everything is sacred. — Ron Kauk

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

I love surfing, rock climbing, cycling – all that stuff. But it’s just amazing that I can inspire people with my running. It’s humbling, really. — Dean Karnazes

There are two kinds of climbers, those who climb because their heart sings when they’re in the mountains, and all the rest. — Alex Lowe

I actually just rock-climbed when I was away on vacation and now I’m searching out rock climbing gyms. That’s my new obsession for 2013. — Shay Mitchell

Only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone and hospitalized a brick. — Muhammad Ali

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

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

I think a great first date would be something different… not like movies or going to dinner… going rock climbing together… doing an activity and then going to dinner, so that you guys share an experience, and then you have something to talk about, and it’s not the same old thing. — Madeline Zima

It’s the maritime equivalent of rock climbing. — Cesar Romero

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When we are clicking and we have everybody firing we are a more dangerous team. When they can lock down on one guy, we kind of slow down, but when we are flying and everyone is contributing, that is when we are at our best. — Raja Bell

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

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

Ocean State School of Gymnastics has a 25-year history of quality instruction and safety from highly trained instructors and coaches. We brought that same tradition to our rock climbing business. All our instructors have been trained and safety certified. — Tim Lyons

I grew up rock climbing. — Jason Momoa

I got a plumbing company. I’ve got to drive. … You’re caught between a rock and a hard place. — Ed McLaughlin

Start with short stories. After all, if you were taking up rock climbing, you wouldn’t start with Mount Everest. So if you’re starting fantasy, don’t start with a nine-book series. — George R. R. Martin

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

Just why is Yosemite climbing so different ? Why does it have techniques, ethics and equipment all of its own ? The basic reason lies in the rock itself. Nowhere else in the world is the rock so exfoliated, so glacier-polished and so devoid of handholds. All of the climbing lines follow vertical crack systems. Every piton crack, every handhold is a vertical one. Special techniques and equipment have evolved through absolute necessity. — Yvon Chouinard

I have some close friends I keep in touch with. I knit. I watch a little too much TV. I ski, if the weather’s right for that. If I can find a group of buddies, I go rock climbing. — Melissa Leo

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

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 your self. — Voytek Kurtyka

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

Along with rock climbing, I hike and I like to go to the beach, anything outdoors and anything that takes me out of the everyday. — Christa B. Allen

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

I find that rock climbing is the finest, most healthiest sport in the whole world. It is much healthier than most. Look at baseball, where 10 000 sit on their ass to watch a handful of player. — John Salathe

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

I like mountains, always have done. Big obstinate bits of rock sticking up where they’re not wanted and getting in folk’s way. Great. Climbing them is a different matter altogether though. I hate that. — Mark Lawrence

On the personal side, I was rock climbing and taking pictures with my friends. We took all sorts of portrait and action pictures, and I was thinking at the time that these are inherently difficult to focus correctly. — Ren Ng

I would also suggest that any aspiring writer begin with short stories. These days, I meet far too many young writers who try to start off with a novel right off, or a trilogy, or even a nine-book series. That’s like starting in at rock climbing by tackling Mt. Everest. Short stories help you learn your craft. — George R. R. Martin

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

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