Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.— John Muir
Almighty Hike quotations
Because in the end, you won't remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain
When the sun is shining I can do anything;
no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.
I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.
Being a woman has only bothered me in climbing trees.
The man who goes afoot, prepared to camp anywhere and in any weather, is the most independent fellow on earth.
Midwest kids got to summer camp. There is something very special about being away from your parents for the first time, sleeping under the stars, hiking and canoeing.
You never know what's around the corner.
It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you've climbed a mountain.
Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.
I love the Midwest. I think about it every day. I wonder if I would rather have a little farm in the Midwest, in Illinois or Wisconsin, or would I rather have like a little getaway up in the mountains of Colorado.
It is one of the blessings of wilderness life that it shows us how few things we need in order to be perfectly happy.
All walking is discovery. On foot we take the time to see things whole.
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.
Nature is always hinting at us. It hints over and over again. And suddenly we take the hint.
When the path ignites a soul, there's no remaining in place.
The foot touches ground, but not for long.
Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer.
The longest journey begins with a single step.
Take a walk on the wild side.
There are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk.
Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.
One way to get high blood pressure is to go mountain climbing over molehills.
The place where you lose the trail is not necessarily the place where it ends.
If a tax hike makes it to my desk, I'll veto it in less time than it takes Vanna White to turn the letters V-E-T-O!
Along the river's summer walk, The withered tufts of asters nod;
And trembles on its arid stalk the hoar plum of the golden-rod.
Consider what you want to do in relation to what you are capable of doing.
Climbing is, above all, a matter of integrity.
Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.
To be whole and harmonious, man must also know the music of the beaches and the woods. He must find the thing of which he is only an infinitesimal part and nurture it and love it, if he is to live.
Surfing and climbing are both useless sports.
You get to be conquistadors of the useless. You climb to the summit and there is nothing there. And you could hike to the top from another direction. How you get there is the important part. It's the same with surfing.
When we tire of well-worn ways, we seek for new.
This restless craving in the souls of men spurs them to climb, and to seek the mountain view.
I'm from Wisconsin, and I love snowboarding, hiking, yoga and soccer.
Now that I have a 16-month-old son, my weekend ritual has changed - but it's better than ever. We get up early and go for a walk on one of the hiking trails near my home in Los Angeles, then meet up with friends at a diner. There's nothing better than sipping coffee, eating scrambled eggs, and taking three hours to do it.
I haven't got any special religion this morning.
My God is the God of Walkers. If you walk hard enough, you probably don't need any other god.
Hiking is the best workout!... You can hike for three hours and not even realize you're working out. And, hiking alone lets me have some time to myself.
I did get upset once, when we were hiking between pitches 15 and 16.
Two women and a dog were trying to find their way down through the maze of trails below the First Summit and they asked us: 'Are you on the trail?' I let my indignity show: 'NO, we're on a CLIMB!'