40 Mountain Quotes For Outdoor Enthusiasts

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Mountain Quotes & Outdoor Wisdom

Below you’ll find a collection of mountain quotes and outdoor wisdom that will inspire, encourage, and motivate you. These words of wisdom come authors, mountaineers, climbers, and legends. Enjoy.

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Ed Viesturs Quote

“The mountain decides whether you climb or not. The art of mountaineering is knowing when to go, when to stay, and when to retreat.” – Ed Viesturs

Gaston Rebuffat Quote

“The Matterhorn is climbed for a variety of reasons, but first and foremost it is climbed because it is the Matterhorn.” — Gaston Rebuffat

Jeff Rasley Quote

“Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.” – Jeffrey Rasley

John Muir Quote

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…” – John Muir

John Muir Quote

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir

John Muir Quote

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.” – John Muir

Reinhold Messner Quote

“It’s always further than it looks. It’s always taller than it looks. And it’s always harder than it looks.” – Reinhold Messner (The Three Rules Of Mountaineering)

Ed Viesturs Quote

“Mountains don’t kill people, they just sit there….” – Ed Viesturs

Ed Viesturs Quote

“Getting to the summit is optional, getting down is mandatory.” – Ed Viesturs

Mark Udall Quote

“You don’t climb mountains without a team, you don’t climb mountains without being fit, you don’t climb mountains without being prepared and you don’t climb mountains without balancing the risks and rewards. And you never climb a mountain on accident – it has to be intentional.” – Mark Udall

Mark Twight Quote

“The simple fact is this: when you go to Alaska, you get your ass kicked.” – Mark Twight

Lito Tejada Flores Quote

“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

Roland Smith Quote

“For a climber, saying that you are stopping by Everest is like saying that you are stopping by to see God.” – Roland Smith

Chris Sharma Quote

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

Reinhold Messner Quote

“Mountains are not fair or unfair, they are just dangerous. – Reinhold Messner

Reinhold Messner Quote

“Bolts are the murder of the impossible.” – Reinhold Messner

Reinhold Messner Quote

“Without the possibility of death, adventure is not possible.” – Reinhold Messner

Reinhold Messner Quote

“The wonderful things in life are the things you do, not the things you have.” – Reinhold Mesner

Reinhold Messner Quote

“I didn’t go up there to die. I went up there to live.” – Reinhold Messner

George Mallory Quote

“Why climb Mount Everest? Because it’s there.” – George Leigh Mallory

George Mallory Quote

“What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money.” – George Leigh Mallory

George Mallory Quote

“The greatest danger in life is not to take the adventure.” – George Leigh Mallory

George Mallory Quote

“We do not live to eat and make money, we eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means, and that is what life is for.” – George Mallory

Alex Lowe Quote

“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

Alex Lowe Quote

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

Randy Leavitt Quote

“I’ve tried many sports, but climbing is the best. The beauty of this sport is that no matter how good you get, you can always find a way to challenge yourself.” – Randy Leavitt

Jack Kerouac Quote

“In the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac

Aldous Huxley Quote

“My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.” –Aldous Huxley

Sir Edmund Hillary Quote

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary QUote

“Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.” – Sir Edmund Hillary

Ernest Hemingway Quote

“There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.” – Ernest Hemingway

Barry Finlay Quote

“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” – Barry Finlay

Dr Seuss Quote

“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss

David McCullough Quote

“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” – David McCullough Jr.

Martin Conway Quote and Picture

“Each fresh peak ascended teaches something.” – Sir Martin Conway

Greg Child Quote with Picture

“The mountains are beautiful but they are not worth dying for.” — Greg Child,The Other Side of Luck

Greg Child Quote with Picture

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

Tommy Caldwell Quote and Picture

“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

Anatoli Boukreev Quote with Picture

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

Barry Blanchard Quote with Picture

“It doesn’t have to be fun to be fun.” – Barry Blanchard


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