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Hey, Im a climbing coach and im looknig for some good climbing quotes, so i can give the team one a week.
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"It's good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end."
- Ursula K. Le Guin

This quote is one of many from the book "The Quoatable Climber," edited by Johnathon Waterman (and available through fine booksellers everywhere.....).

The first time I climbed outside, it was through a two-day AMC climbing workshop, and the guides were incredible human beings. (One had successfully summitted Denali, and they also ran a youth program, where kids mandated by the courts were taken on climbing/mountaineering trips.

Each of the days, after we arrived at the cliffs but before we began to set up, they read/recited text from climbers. I don't think any of the others in my group cared one whit, or were even really listening, but both of the readings they gave spoke directly to me.

The readings were a powereful meditation to put the experience we were about to have in context. Through them, I felt a connection to my guides, who had found the reading and were thoughtful enough to be sharing it with me. I also felt like I was being initiated into the climbing community through the emotions I felt while listening to the reading. And I felt a connection, appreciation and healthy respect for nature and the rock I was standing before.

I think the readings can be a really powerful tool, and if one of your students is touched through the effort you make, it is worth all the effort you make in finding suitable works that convey the message you are looking to say.


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Check out Guillaume Dargaud's page:

http://www.gdargaud.net/Humor/QuotesClimbing.html


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I am not sure this qualifies as motivational, but it's funny. I got this one from my climbing partner who read it somewhere, so I don't know who to attribute it to. Here it is. "I climb just as hard as anyone. I just do it on easier routes."


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"There are old climbers, and there are bold climbers ... but there are no old bold climbers"


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"There are old climbers, and there are bold climbers ... but there are no old bold climbers"

I hate that qoute. Especially because it is not true. There appear to be quite a few old, bold climbers.


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There appear to be quite a few old, bold climbers.

I agree of course, but the quote is not to be taking extremely literally. Its just a saying that promotes safety ... thats all. I don't understand why to get uptight, its just a quote.


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cracks hurt so dont leave the tape on the kitchen table


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The simpler you make the experience, the richer it becomes.
-- Steve House

The best climber is the one having the most fun.
-- Alex Lowe

It doesn't have to be fun to be fun.
-- Barry Blanchard


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We have something similar going on over at chockstone, take a look.

http://www.chockstone.org/Forum/Forum.asp?Action=DisplayTopic&ForumID=1&MessageID=10726&Replies=118&PagePos=0&Sort=#newpost

hope it helps.

Nick.


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"I climb just as hard as anyone. I just do it on easier routes."


That's a fantastic quote :D It surely captures the essence of why rockclimbing is such an awsome activity regardless of ability. I'll be using that one 'til the day I die.


Then the confusing quote one of my friends use regularly..."There are rockclimbers, and then there are rockclimbers!"

Only make sense phonetically really :? Depends a bit on how you pronounce 'rockclimbers'...


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I would recommend getting your hands on a book called "The Edge." The author is Howard Fergusson. The book has been out of print for a number of years but it is an incredible collection of motivational sports quotes, phrases, and writings of inspirational people throughout history. It is not climbing specific but you will find it better than anything else you could get your hands on. If I had the ability/responsibility, I would require every coach to own a copy. Good luck!


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Enjoy: :)





"A climber's day always starts at the crux: getting out of bed."

"There are only 3 real sports: bull-fighting, car racing and mountain climbing. All the others are mere games." — Hemingway.

"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" — John Salathι, 1974.

"I don't want to write about climbing; I don't want talk about it; I don't want to photograph it; I don't want to think about it; all I want to do is do it." — Chuck Pratt.

"Leading something that is 50/50 is not 'my limit'. It's off route." — Nathan Sweet.

"Where are the holds, Hector ?!?!" — Paulina.
"There were no holds so I had to use skill."

"On real cliffs, opportunities for problems loom like an early morning drive in mist-shrouded moose country." — Guido.

"I love climbing because it feels so good when I stop..." — Karl "we're all nuts".

"Climbers seem to forget that we said in our introduction that there were simply '50 classic routes', not 'the 50 classics'. We chose 50 from a list of about 120. Only a torturer will ever pry loose from our lips the names of those other 70 classics..." — Steve Roper.

"One method of getting loved ones to look more fondly on your climbing is to tell them that since you've started climbing you hardly do drugs anymore." — David Harris.

"It's all fun and oneness with nature until you realize you can't have diarrhea and vomit at the same time without an extra bucket." — Nate B.

"Fucking Layton Kor... God I hate Cameron Burns. I wonder how much it would hurt if I just jumped? Why the hell would anyone climb this hunk of dirt anyway, or anything for that matter-pointless? How long can you be dead and still be an organ donor?" — Frank Stock's thoughts while on the Kor Route on Monster Tower.

"Just a reminder — a guidebook is no substitute for skill, experience, judgement and lots of tension." — Charlie Fowler.

"That was amazing ! Five lead changes to climb 40 feet of rock ! How can they say this route doesn't look good ? This was MORE than a route — this was an EXPERIENCE !" — Larry D.

"The best climber in the world is the one who's having the most fun." — Alex Lowe.

"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." — Jim Wickwire.

"Climbing may be hard, but it's easier than growing up." — Ed Sklar.

"In France, a publicly accessible climbing area without bolted lines is viewed like a publicly accessable swimming pool with sharks in it." — David Kastrup.


"In most parts of France, they climb 'French Free'. In Chamonix they climb 'French Expensive'." — Tim.

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

"Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible." — Doug Lawson.

"Those who say it can't be done should get out of the way of those who are doing it." — Joel Barker.

"If you want to climb it badly enough, you will. So... why bother ?" — Doug Scott.

"Yoga is a system, scientifically proven to boost your climbing ability significantly. Why do you think you always see that Guru figure sitting on the top of the mountain? You think he/she got there by enlightenment?" — Lg.

"Breaking into a new area of climbing while remaining safe is probably sort of like practicing religion. There's no best way to do it, and if you screw up, you're going down..." — Nate Beckwith.

"Alcohol, firearms and a 4 wheel drive can go a long ways towards making a rain day into a fun rest day." — Frank Stock.

"To qualify for mountain rescue work, you have to pass our test. The doctor holds a flashlight to your ear. If he can see light coming out the other one, you qualify." — Willi Pfisterer.

"Why ? Why, why, why do I do this ???" — Chuck Pratt.

"Life is brought down to the basics: if you are warm, regular, healthy, not thirsty or hungry, then you are not on a mountain. Climbing at altitude is like hitting your head against a brick wall — it's great when you stop." — Chris Darwin.

"The best training was to go to the pub, drink 5 quarts of beer, and talk about climbing." — Ron Fawcett.

"The distinguishing mark of true adventures, is that it is often no fun at all while they are actually happening." — Kim Stanley Robinson.

"You can grunt and heave, sweat and strain, wear yourself out, and unless you simply forget about it and step up, you won't even get off the ground." — Mike Borghoff.

"There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing." — Sir Rannulph Fiennes.

"The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective." — Al Neuharth.

"How do you distinguish between being off-route and putting up a first ascent ?" — Bruce Bindner.

"As a member of an escorted tour, you don't even have to know the Matterhorn isn't a tuba." — Temple Fielding.

"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." — Jimmy Jewel.

"You can't be here: it's public land !" — A snowplow driver at the base of Lincoln Falls (Colorado).

"I climb as hard as anyone on earth. I just do it on easier routes." — Mad Dog.

"Vertigo I can handle alright — It's horizonto that drives me nuts." — Jim Lubell.

"Real Programmers don't play tennis, or any sport that requires you to change clothes. Mountain climbing is OK, and real programmers always wear their climbing boots to work in case a mountain should suddenly spring up in the middle of a machine room." — From Real programmers don't write specs.

"Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance." — Anonymous.

"Climb Now, Work Later." — DMM slogan

"No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible." —George Burns.

"They say that if the Swiss had designed these mountains they'd be rather flatter." — Paul Theroux

"An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.
An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered." — G.K. Chesterson.

"If climbers used the word 'beta' the way most software houses do, we'd all be dead."

"Being a climber in Florida is like being in Seatle without a raincoat."

"Once, I was lost in the wilderness, and I was forced to eat a dog to survive ! Later I realized I was just in the back yard, but boy, was my mom pissed !" — C. Rostan.

"Dear Lord, please don't let me fuck up." — Attributed to Alan Shepard, the first American astronaut (makes a good rappeling prayer)

"Maybe true. Maybe not true. Better you believe." — Sherpa saying.

"As far as I'm concerned, if someone eliminates the mental part of climbing, then we might as well all go play miniature golf." — Greg Opland.

"But now that I was finally here, standing on the summit of Mount Everest, I just couldn't summon the energy to care. " - Jon Krakauer

"Well, we knocked the bastard off!” - Edmund Hillary, on first climbing Mount Everest

"The highest of the world's mountains, it seems, has to make but a single gesture of magnificence to be the lord of all, vast in unchallenged and isolated supremacy." - George Mallory, 1924

"Oh, the absolute lethargy of 24,600'. You want to pee, and you lie there for a quarter of an hour making up your mind to look for the pee bottle." - Chris Bonnington, 1975

"We agreed that this was going to be no ordinary climb. For the time being, Everest was rather more than a mountain." - John Hunt

"I have not conquered Everest, it has merely tolerated me" - Peter Habeler

"We have founded a support group for Everest climbers called Everest Anonymous, members can call each other up for support when their thinking about returning to the mountain" - David Breashears

"Getting to the summit is optional, getting down is mandatory" - Ed Viesturs

"Fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind." — Dale Carnegie.

"What an odd sport we inhabit, where bits of obscure rock in remote locations are recognizeable." — Richard Pawlowicz.

"I think you love rocks so much that they've replaced your brain." — Rex Pieper.

"Getting out of this required a 5.11 Beached Whale move combined with a Bloody Scream, something they never teach in the gym." — Lord Slime.

"Sure, some people pack more crap than others, but going dumb and naked isn't what 'Fast and light' is about either." — Nate B.

"Climbing would be a great, truly wonderful thing if it weren't for all that damn climbing." — John Ohrenschall

"How can you tell Santa is a climbing bum ?
He's got a beard, always wears the same clothes, and only works one day a year."

"— We are going to make it...
— I don't think so, but we will finish in style..." — Clint Eastwood

"Doubly happy, however, is the man to whom lofty mountain tops are within reach." — John Muir

"The summit is just a halfway point." — Ed Visteurs

"It's always further than it looks.
It's always taller than it looks.
And it's always harder than it looks." — The 3 rules of mountaineering

"Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence." — Hermann Buhl

"Because it is there." — George Mallory (1886-1924), answer to the question 'Why do you want to climb Mt. Everest ?'

"When you ride your bike, you're working your legs, but your mind is on a treadmill. When you play chess, your mind is clicking along, but your body is stagnating. Climbing brings it together in a beautiful, magical way. The adrenaline is flowing, and it's flowing all the time." — Pat Ament

"One can't take a breath large enough to last a lifetime ; one can't eat a meal big enough so that one never needs to eat again. Similarly, I don't think any climb can make you content never to climb again." — Woodrow Wilson Sayre

"Society speaks and all men listen, mountains speak and wise men listen." --John Muir

"One does not climb to attain enlightenment, rather one climbs because he is enlightened." — Zen Master Futomaki

"We do not live to eat and make money, we eat and make money to be able to enjoy life." - George Mallory


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ok well in case there is nt enough there....


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great quotes! thanks for taking the time to write all those :)

"It is not the rock we conquer, but ourselves"


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great quotes! thanks for taking the time to write all those :)

"It is not the rock we conquer, but ourselves"

I confess, I had them saved on my computer in a text file. I just copied and pasted. ;)


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I used to enjoy climbing b/c of the sweet anticipation of reaching the top. I've slowed down enough to stop and enjoy more of the movement inbetween.


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A partner of mine always said, for motivation of course.

"Crankin' skills or Medical bills"


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"The defining thing about climbing is that it kills you."

Joe Simpson

On second thought, perhaps that's not really good for kids to hear...


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This is one of my favorites

:wink:


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This is not a rock climbing quote, but could be used as one...........


There are no problems, only opportunities for solutions.


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The best climber is the one having the most fun.

Hey, I really like that one.

Here's something I heard a couple weekends ago at the crag (not inspirational, but kind of funny) said by a climber who was being pestered by people who: a) wanted to pass him, and b) were loudly complaining about the route.

"If you stop crawling up my @$$, this climb will stink much less."


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This is more mountaineering related, but is one of my favorite qoutes:

"it's the sides of the mountains that sustain life, not the top."

--robert pirsig

(it's from a really cool paragraph or two in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)

peace


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This doozey happened this weekend while getting slapped around on the wide stuff.

If I needed to dump a girlfriend, I'd come here and make her climb this route.

What if she sent it?

I'd marry her.

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