Best Climbing Quotes – 75 Inspirational Climbing Quotes

Browsing through a list of some of the world’s best climbing quotes can be nice to read if you are in the middle of planning your next climbing adventure. They can motivate you and help get you in the right mindset. They can also be a good way to reflect on previous climbs. 

A collection of some of the very best climbing quotes is compiled herein. Many are quotes about climbing from experienced mountaineers and alpinists. Others are simply outdoor-focused inspirational quotes

Climbing Quotes – 75 Inspirational Quotes About Climbing 

The summit is what drives us but the climb itself is what matters

Conrad Anker

Life is like climbing a mountain. You climb up to each new ledge and create a camp. If you can’t do that within a certain amount of time, you have to go back down to the previous camp. You can’t hang out on the mountainside

Tim Kelley

Because in the end, you wont remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain

Jack Kerouac

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings

John Muir

He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.

Friedrich Neitszche

Anytime you finish a climb, there’s always the next thing you can try.

Alex Honnold

Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing

Barry Finlay

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves

Sir Edmund Hillary

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.

There’s no glory in climbing a mountain if all you want to do is to get to the top. It’s experiencing the climb itself – in all its moments of revelation, heartbreak, and fatigue – that has to be the goal.

Karyn Kusama

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

Greg Child

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

Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion

Anatoli Boukreev

The mountains are calling and I must go

John Muir

Mountain climbing is long periods of boredom interspersed with a few sections of sheer terror


More inspirational quotes about climbing

Quotes about climbing
Quotes about climbing

If youre afraid of heights then you have no choice but to climb to the top of the mountain


When you reach the top, just keep climbing

Zen proverb

Each fresh peak ascended teaches something

Sir Martin Convay

Life is like climbing a mountain filled with uncertainties. The only difference is that mountain climbers know their journey will end at the peak, but we don’t know when or where our life will end.


“You have to climb the mountain to see the view.”


Stop staring at mountains. Climb them instead, yes, it’s a harder process but it will lead you to a better view


Lifes a climb but the view is great


Everyone wants to live on the top of the mountain but the happiness and growth occurs while youre climbing it

Andy Rooney

The hardest mountain to climb is the one within

J. Lynn

Life is a bit like mountaineering. Never look down.

Sir Edmund Hillary

“You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. That’s the bitter truth of climbing mountains. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen.

Rene Daumal

If you’re climbing the ladder of life, you go rung by rung, one step at a time. Don’t look too far up, set your goals high but take one step at a time. Sometimes you don’t think you’re progressing until you step back and see how high you’ve really gone.

Donny Osmond

Climbing here saved my life from the confines of materialistic illusion that we’re taught as children in school. The way I see it, there are two worlds: there’s the world where nothing is sacred except money, and the other world where everything is sacred

Ron Kauk

The best part of climbing is when it all clicks and gravity ceases to exist

Chris Sharma

Even more quotes about climbing

Best Quotes about climbing
Best Quotes about climbing

Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains

Jeffrey Rasley

There are a dozen reasons for climbing, some bad, and I’ve used most of them myself. The worst are fame and money. Commonly people cite exploration or discovery, but that’s rarely relevant in today’s world. The only good reason to climb is to improve yourself

Yvon Chouinard

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

Never did I explore life as intensively in its beautiness, as while hanging on two fingertips freely over the deep hollow

Wolfgang Güllich

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

Nelson Mandela

I am never lost in the mountains. Its where I find myself.


One does not climb to attain enlightenment, rather one climbs because they are enlightened

Zen Master Futomaki

It’s wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky. Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears

Hellen Keller

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

Martin Conway

Those who travel to mountain-tops are half in love with themselves and half in love with oblivion

Robert Macfarlane

Climbing, simply and joyfully, is why I love the world

Steph Davis

I’d rather be in the mountains thinking of God, than in Church thinking about the mountains

John Muir

Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains

William Shakespeare

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.

Edward Abbey

Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long

George Bernard Shaw

Practical quotes about climbing

Quotes about climbing
Quotes about climbing

In truth, mountain climbing is an exhilarating experience but it can also be a dangerous one. Feeling inspired about getting back to nature and the great outdoors is wonderful.

However, it is equally important to make sure that you plan each climb carefully. This means ensuring that you have the correct equipment and sufficient supplies, checking the best time of year to attempt the climb, planning your route carefully, and ensuring that it aligns with your fitness and experience level.

The climbing quotes below focus on the more practical aspects of climbing. Notable Alpinists have written them.

The best climber in the world is the one having the most fun!

Alex Lowe

In the mountains there are only two grades: You can either do it, or you can’t

Rusty Baille

Mountains are not fair or unfair, they are just dangerous

Reinhold Messner

Climbing is, above all, a matter of integrity

Gaston Rebuffat

Bolts are the murder of the impossible

Reinhold Messner

Ive walked away from more climbs than I can count, just because I sensed that things were not quite right.

Alex Honnold

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

There are certainly better technical climbers than me. But if I have a particular gift, it’s a mental one – the ability to keep it together where others might freak out.

Alex Honnold

To be a climber one has to accept that gratification is rarely immediate

Bernadette McDonald

The mountains have rules. they are harsh rules, but they are there, and if you keep to them you are safe. A mountain is not like men. A mountain is sincere. It changes almost nothing in haste. The weapons to conquer it exist inside you, inside your soul

Walter Bonatti

Funny and lighthearted quotes about climbing

Quotes about climbing
Quotes about climbing

There is often beauty in the absurd. The climbing quotes below are simply funny and light hearted.

You dont need to climb a mountain to know that its high

Paulo Coelho

Sometimes I wonder if the walls ever miss me back


The higher you climb on the mountain, the harder the wind blows.

Sam Cummings

Why climb the mountain? Because its there!

George Mallory

It’s always further than it looks. It’s always taller than it looks. And it’s always harder than it looks.


You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain

Tom Hiddleston

General motivational quotes to inspire mountain climbers

Best Quotes about climbing

It is never too late to be who you might have been

George Eliot

The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall

Vince Lombardi

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go

T.S. Elliot

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it

Chinese proverb

The ones who climb the mountain dont wait for permission, they just start walking

Trinity Bourne

Dont let the fear of falling keep you from climbing up

Constance Chuks Friday

No one realises how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old familiar pillow

Lin Yutang

Never stop exploring


There are no short cuts to any place worth going

Beverly Sills

For me, its all about performance. Nothing good happens in the world by being happy and cozy. Nobody achieves anything great because theyre happy and cozy.

Alex Honnold

What is freedom to a bird if it is in the middle of a flock?

John Gill

I can. I cant. Both are true

Rudy Ledbetter

If happiness is the goal, and it should be, then adventures should be a priority

Richard Branson

Keep close to Nature’s hear and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.

John Muir

Trekkers at high altitudes sometimes sense a person walking a few paces behind them, just out of sight. Often this person is dead. I never feel this, but once or twice I imagine someone walking a little ahead of me

Colin Thubron

Parting words

In the realm of climbing, the journey often embodies a transformative experience, echoing the profound insights encapsulated in the best climbing quotes. Each ascent is a metaphor for addressing life’s challenges, where one never truly climbs the same mountain twice.

The act of climbing, with its struggles and triumphs, serves as a powerful tool to fix what feels wrong in life. Our perspective shifts as we hammer in the last bolt and stagger over the rim. The mountain, forever unyielding, changes us instead.

Climbing teaches us that even in memory, the weather of our experiences shifts, retelling the jokes of our adventures in a much better condition, illuminating the thought that through climbing, we continually ascend not just mountains, but also the summits within ourselves.

Have any additional quotes about climbing that you would like to share? Which quotes are your favorites?

Happy trails! Melissa xo


Alice Cooper is a British Travel Writer and Blogger based in Athens, Greece. She writes for numerous high profile travel publications across the globe - including Forbes Travel Guide, Matador Network, The Times of Israel and The Huffington Post.

Leave a Reply