Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.— Leo Buscaglia
Spectacular Rock Climbing quotations
Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.
The mountains have rules. they are harsh rules, but they are there, and if you keep to them you are safe. A mountain is not like men. A mountain is sincere. The weapons to conquer it exist inside you, inside your soul.
Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.
There is probably nothing finer than to climb free and unencumbered by equipment, reveling in the gymnastic upward movement, like Preuss or a Dulfer before you, relying only upon yourself, keeping a sharp eye on things, feeling the rock beneath your feet and fingertips.
Consider what you want to do in relation to what you are capable of doing.
Climbing is, above all, a matter of integrity.
Potty mouth, rock star, at the top and still tryna climb, Drop the top sit back recline
For us the mountains had been a natural field of activity where, playing on the frontiers of life and death, we had found the freedom for which we were blindly groping and which was as necessary to us as bread.
I may not be able to pull on the smallest of holds, but those I can pull on I can pull on all day long.
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.
Just a reminder - a guidebook is no substitute for skill, experience, judgment and lots of tension.
There is no difference between religion and politics.
Both involve lies and fanatical beliefs that generaly defy logic... Just like rock climbing.
Mountains are not fair or unfair, they are just dangerous.
The strongest climbers aren’t always the happiest or nicest to be around;
neither are some of them coming from the purest motivation. Climbing another V17 is not going to save the world! This activity of 'rock climbing' is merely one of many ways to exist, pass the time, and evolve and grow from one moment to the next. That’s all.
Each climber loses one finger or toe once in a while.
This is a small but important reason for Polish climbers success. Western climbers haven't lost as many fingers or toes.
I've done archery for about six weeks, and rock climbing, tree climbing - and combat, running and vaulting. But also yoga and things like that, to stay catlike!
The greatest risk in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing and becomes nothing.
Experience comes from bad judgment.
- Why do you want to climb Mt. Everest, Sir? - Because it is there.
There is probably no pleasure equal to the pleasure of climbing a dangerous Alp;
but it is a pleasure which is confined strictly to people who can find pleasure in it.
I found climbing to be a very tactile sport.
There's no ball that is zipping through the air ready to crack you in the head. It is just you and the rock base.
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.
The best part is getting to the top 'cause the pain's all over.
Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.
I climb upon the highest mountains, laughing at all tragedies - whether real or imaginary.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he cannot learn, feel change, grow or live.
Bolts are the murder of the impossible.
Receiving oral sex from an ugly person is like rock climbing; you should never look down.
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 players
I thought climbing the Devil's Thumb would fix all that was wrong with my life.
In the end, of course, it changed almost nothing. But I came to appreciate that mountains make poor receptacles for dreams.
It's kind of too movie-like to say, "When I started climbing, I knew I wanted to climb Everest some day." Instead, I just started rock climbing as a kid, when I was 16, and then I started teaching and a buddy of mine started taking me out.
With climbing you can go to the most beautiful places on the planet and practice. Anywhere there is rock, you can climb.
Only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone and hospitalized a brick.
Many of the women who I've taught to climb have a better sense of balance than the men. I think it has to do with being a little more sensitive to it rather than relying on strenght. It's also a reflection of a passive attitude - balancing your way up the rock, rather than attacking it.
There are strong people who aren't able to climb.
It's about reading the rock, knowing how to position your body and having the tenacity to not let go.