Climbing Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old climbing quotes, climbing sayings, and climbing proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The problem with spending your life climbing up the ladder is that you will go right past Jesus, for he's coming down

John Ortberg

Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.

Greg Child

Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better!

Ingrid Bergman

Mountain climbing is my passion, and to empower women through my expeditions is the reason.

Samina Baig

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

John Ohrenschall

Climbing is this lifestyle activity that really works every muscle in your body.

Chris Sharma

Climbing is often group activity and it's always inspiring to see how other people, who share your passions, do things.

Fred Nicole

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

A man does not climb a mountain without bringing some of it away with him, and leaving something of himself upon it.     

Martin Conway

Climbing is, above all, a matter of integrity.     

Gaston Rebuffat

Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.

Barry Finlay

Once I had a better beat, I needed to have an even better one. And somewhere in that climbing, I lost sight of, sort of, my moral and ethical underpinnings.     

Jayson Blair

The secret to climbing up is to put your heart into your work.

Jeffrey Gitomer

When you're climbing at high altitudes, life can get pretty miserable.     

Edmund Hillary

In climbing, having confidence in your partners is no small concern. One climber's actions can affect the welfare of the entire team.     

Jon Krakauer

Every climb is different, has its own unique set of movements and body positions. Climbing and my appreciation for nature are totally intertwined.     

Chris Sharma

When you go to the mountains, you see them and you admire them. In a sense, they give you a challenge, and you try to express that challenge by climbing them.     

Edmund Hillary

It is the climbing of the mountain that makes the view from the top so breathtaking.     

Richard C. Miller

In some ways, climbing in the clouds is comforting. You can no longer see how high off the ground you are.     

Tommy Caldwell

Writing about climbing is boring. I would rather go climbing.

Chuck Pratt

Climbing the economic ladder has been very hard for me; I still feel a great deal of guilt towards those I left behind.

Elena Ferrante

At its best, climbing becomes a life focus around which everything else must orbit and at its least is an excellent diversion from the real world.

Todd Skinner

Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.

A. C. Benson

Climbing may be hard, but it's easier than growing up.     

Ed Sklar

Life is like a mountain: after climbing up one side and sliding down the other, put up the sled.

Josh Billings

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

Nelson Mandela

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.     

Stephen Covey

Climbing is a process like yoga or running. We want to go to the spots where we're barely able to hold on. Those are the climbs that force us to become better athletes and grow as climbers.

Chris Sharma

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.     

Wolfgang Gullich

The climbing as a whole is not very esthetic or enjoyable; it is merely difficult.     

Yvon Chouinard

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