At its finest moments climbing allows me to step out of ordinary existence into something extraordinary, stripping me of my sense of self-importance.

— Doug Scott

The most heartwarming Doug Scott quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you

History may be accurate. But archaeology is precise.

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Like it or not taking risks, by a total commitment to the mountain and the vagaries of the weather, is essential for the greater satisfaction to be derived from mountaineering.

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Pucky lads, a wee bit over their heads.

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If you want to climb it badly enough, you will. So... why bother ?

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Nothing substitutes a large apprenticeship, a heap of experiences which converts into the base of intuition.

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Climbing is about pioneering new routes, exploring new ground, facing the unknown. Those hooked on climbing the normal routes on the eight-thousanders will miss all theat. They are wasting the best years of their climbing lives.

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Milton, when he went blind, declared that he could now begin the real work of his life. Similarly, with the merciless passage of time reducing my phisical strengh, I find myself less able to explore the outer world, but better prepared to explore the inner.

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In order to climb properly on big peak one must free oneself of fear.

This means you must write yourself off before any big climb. You must say to yourself, I may die here.

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