Rock Climbing Sayings and Quotes

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

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

Climbing is an artistic, creative thing; it's about being spontaneous, traveling, seeing the world, hanging out. It's a balance of setting goals while enjoying the process, being ambitious without being too competitive.     

Chris Sharma

Climbing is, above all, a matter of integrity.     

Gaston Rebuffat

In rock climbing, people get strong enough, and then they pick goals they can do with their strengths at that moment.     

Tommy Caldwell

The rope connecting two men on a mountain is more than nylon protection; it is an organic thing that transmits subtle messages of intent and disposition from man to man; it is an extension of the tactile senses, a psychological bond, a wire along which currents of communication flow.     


Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end.     

Edward Whymper

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

Barry Finlay

With climbing you can go to the most beautiful places on the planet and practice. Anywhere there is rock, you can climb.     

Chris Sharma

Jumping from boulder to boulder and never falling, with a heavy pack, is easier than it sounds; you just can't fall when you get into the rhythm of the dance.     

Jack Kerouac

The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal.     

Chris Sharma

Mountains are not fair or unfair, they are just dangerous.     

Reinhold Messner