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"Look, I don't mean to be rude but this is not as easy as it looks, so I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't distract me. "

 

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"You going up?"

 

"Yes! Yes!"

 

"You may be going a lot higher than you think."

 

Don Whillans talking to some Japanese climbers on the Eiger

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To rest is not to conquer...

 

Put your left foot forward and your right will always follow...

 

A fartin horse never tires...

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“Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports ... all others are games.” Ernest Hemingway

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"You have either have got the spirit or you don't. If you've got the spirit you fuckin rock; and if you don't ... you're a sport climber." -Leonard Coyne

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Here's one from a contemporary of ours, quite recently. The setting: way up on an unclimbed slab, I'm nearly freaking out, "where am I going to rest, how am I going to get some pro, gotta get over to that edge, this is all blank, I'm way past his last bolt, this wierd ramp is just barely good enough to stand on..." buzzing like a mozzie in my head. Hand drilling on lead is proving to be a strange new game indeed.

 

In unknown terrain in a sea of wavy granite, I'm twenty feet past David's last bolt and looking for a place pleasant enough to stand and drill another one. I've got a three eighths drill for the big bullets, and a quarter inch setup for the quick business. All this weight and clatter, with the penalty of a scraping fall down the slab with any misstep, and I'm getting worried.

 

So it was like a cool breeze to hear, coming up from the belay, the master calmly mention:

 

"Just think: What would Warren Harding do?"

 

Hammer in a quick quarter inch hole, bat hook, stand in etriers and drill a big one. Yeah!

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"Yer stupid and yer gonna die!" - The late Michael Reardon.

 

Irony?

 

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Applies to both philosophy and mountaineering:

"On the mountain of truth, you never climb in vain. You either reach a higher step today or you exercise your strength in order to climb higher tomorrow."--Nietzsche

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"Oh, shit !" — Jim Madsen when he rappelled off the end of his rope on El Cap's Dihedral Wall in 1968.

 

Why would this be a "favorite"?

 

Agreed. WTF?

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Not climbing per say, but reminiscent of a bivy or two:

 

Go without a coat when it's cold; find out what cold is. Go hungry; keep your existence lean. Wear away the fat, get down to the lean tissue and see what it`s all about. The only time you define your character is when you go without. In times of hardship, you find out what you're made of and what you're capable of. If you're never tested, You'll never define your character.

 

-Henry Rollins

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Concerned friend: "Aren't you hungry?"

 

Romanian hardman: "It is good to be hungry."

 

 

 

Rick Sylvester? after he he and his Romanian? hardman partner got knocked down by a near-miss lightning strike in the Alps:

 

"Are you okay?"

 

"Yes. I only hit in head."

 

 

 

Message left by Vulgarians in the Bugaboos: "Turn back, turn back, you will all be killed."

 

 

 

Pete Cleveland: "It weally aggwavated my hemawoids."

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Sir Edmund when asked about the crux of climbing a 8000m peak;

 

"Finding 2 inches of dick behind 8 inches of down when time to pee."

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Sir Edmund when asked about the crux of climbing a 8000m peak;

 

"Finding 2 inches of dick behind 8 inches of down when time to pee."

 

 

Edited by pink

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"Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence." as stated by my favourite hardman Hermann Buhl.

 

 

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"In the sixties climbing was dangerous and sex was safe. Now it's the other way around." - Chuck Pratt

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"I'm trying to reach that bus-stop in an hour or so, and I am doing it by laying-back this gutter. I am kind of guttering and laying-back at the same time."

 

Excerpt from:

 

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The next time you curse the fact that it's Monday, just think of it as proof that you made it through another weekend without killing yourself by doing something stupid. (Phil Garding)

 

 

I think climbers should get credit just for remembering what their jobs are on Mondays... (Gary Clark)

 

 

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