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Quote No. 1

"He gets a free ride after 10 rescues..."

Quote No. 2

"How is it Mac that you can climb so well, when you are so decadent?"

Quote No. 3

"Gravity is a myth, the Earth sucks."

Quote No. 4

"Climbing is the only cure for gravity."

Quote No. 5

"The law of gravity is strictly enforced."

Quote No. 6

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

Quote No. 7

"Some people love soloing and are great at it. They can have it."

Quote No. 8

"My next climb is going to be a tourist troll in a wheelchair."

Quote No. 9

"[Climbing is] more interesting than my other daytime activity, which closely resembles the million monkeys theory applied to software development."

Quote No. 10

"My success rate is much higher when I'm soloing. It's easier to talk yourself into quitting when you have someone to talk to."

Quote No. 11

"He who seeks fear shall be followed by fear."

Quote No. 12

"Routes rate me, not the other way around."

Quote No. 13

"The Puking Gecko, Grand Wall, *** S9 5.12d/e 712m - An intimidating and salacious climb. The final pitch is so exposed, tricky, and continuously strenuous that it is impossible to even contact the rock at any point. Better than making passionate love on top of a Japanese Bullet Train. Superbly magnificent and grimly brilliant."

Quote No. 14

"Anyone need advice on making the transition from 5.12 to 5.11?"

Quote No. 15

"During the qualifying round I heard the contestant ahead of me introduced: 'Hardest redpoint: 5.14b, hardest on-sight: 5.13c' (Geoff Weigand). The contestant after me: 'Hardest redpoint: K2' (Greg Child)."

Quote No. 16

"Disobey. Defy. Take your own time. Fly."

Quote No. 17

"Although one is not inclined to be timid or nervous, it is nevertheless a trifle depressing to receive letters full of expostulation and entreaty: 'If you are determined to commit suicide, why not come home and do so in a quiet lady-like manner?'"

Quote No. 18

"Hi, this is Annie. I can't meet with you this week because I'm off to Patagonia. I decided to go just today - I'll be in touch when I get back."

Quote No. 19

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

Quote No. 20

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

Quote No. 21

"If Everest is the cake, Trango is the topping."

Quote No. 22

"Mountain climbing is extended periods of intense boredom, interrupted by occasional moments of sheer terror."

Quote No. 23

"He who remains calm while those around him panics probably doesn't know what is going on."

Quote No. 24

"There are old climbers, there are bold climbers, but there are no old bold climbers!"

Quote No. 25

"Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile initially scared me to death."

Quote No. 26

"Pissing through 6 inches of clothes with a 3 inch penis!"

Quote No. 27

"I so much enjoy waking up to garbage truck 'back up' beepers in the morning at Yosemite. It makes me feel like I'm in New York city!"

Quote No. 28

"Dear Lord, please don't let me fuck up."

Quote No. 29

"It doesn't have to be fun to be fun."

Quote No. 30

"Climbing is no longer the best thing to do in this area."

Quote No. 31

"Rocks make no compromise for sex... rock climbing is not like some sports, where it is made easier for women; or sports like, say, softball, which is only baseball for soft people. On a rock, everything is equal."

Quote No. 32

"I wouldn't last 30 minutes climbing solo."

Quote No. 33

"When penalty slack is greater than the distance to the ground, the FF becomes irrelevant."

Quote No. 34

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

Quote No. 35

"Profanity is about the best pro you'll get until the crack starts to narrow. Include doubles of profanity in the #6 to #8 range on your rack for this lead."

Quote No. 36

"I've seen 5.11 divided into 11 different grades of increasing difficulty, as follows: 5.11a, 5.10d, 5.11-, 5.11b, 5.11, 5.11c, 5.9 squeeze, 5.11+, 5.10 OW, 5.12a, 5.11d."

Quote No. 37

"Duct tape is like the Force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together."

Quote No. 38

"They say you can't do it, but sometimes it doesn't always work."

Quote No. 39

"The fact that I'm three months pregnant doesn't change anything."

Quote No. 40

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

Quote No. 41

"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."

Quote No. 42

"If you can bang a pin in with your ice axe without anyone yelling at you and you packed the whiskey 'cause it is the only thing that won't freeze, you're probably alpine climbing."

Quote No. 43

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

Quote No. 44

"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."

Quote No. 45

"Why? Why, why, why do I do this???"

Quote No. 46

"As we unloaded packs at the parking lot, two young ladies approached us to ask if we were THE Yosemite climbers... They asked if it were true that Yosemite climbers chafe their hands on the granite to enable them to friction up vertical walls. We assured them that the preposterous myth was true."

Quote No. 47

"Remember when sex was safe and climbing was dangerous?"

Quote No. 48

"No, she's the leader of our climb."

Quote No. 49

"Climbers have no sense of smell."

Quote No. 1

"He gets a free ride after 10 rescues..."

Quote No. 2

"How is it Mac that you can climb so well, when you are so decadent?"

Quote No. 3

"Gravity is a myth, the Earth sucks."

Quote No. 4

"Climbing is the only cure for gravity."

Quote No. 5

"The law of gravity is strictly enforced."

Quote No. 6

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

Quote No. 7

"Some people love soloing and are great at it. They can have it."

Quote No. 8

"My next climb is going to be a tourist troll in a wheelchair."

Quote No. 9

"[Climbing is] more interesting than my other daytime activity, which closely resembles the million monkeys theory applied to software development."

Quote No. 10

"My success rate is much higher when I'm soloing. It's easier to talk yourself into quitting when you have someone to talk to."

Quote No. 11

"He who seeks fear shall be followed by fear."

Quote No. 12

"Routes rate me, not the other way around."

Quote No. 13

"The Puking Gecko, Grand Wall, *** S9 5.12d/e 712m - An intimidating and salacious climb. The final pitch is so exposed, tricky, and continuously strenuous that it is impossible to even contact the rock at any point. Better than making passionate love on top of a Japanese Bullet Train. Superbly magnificent and grimly brilliant."

Quote No. 14

"Anyone need advice on making the transition from 5.12 to 5.11?"

Quote No. 15

"During the qualifying round I heard the contestant ahead of me introduced: 'Hardest redpoint: 5.14b, hardest on-sight: 5.13c' (Geoff Weigand). The contestant after me: 'Hardest redpoint: K2' (Greg Child)."

Quote No. 16

"Disobey. Defy. Take your own time. Fly."

Quote No. 17

"Although one is not inclined to be timid or nervous, it is nevertheless a trifle depressing to receive letters full of expostulation and entreaty: 'If you are determined to commit suicide, why not come home and do so in a quiet lady-like manner?'"

Quote No. 18

"Hi, this is Annie. I can't meet with you this week because I'm off to Patagonia. I decided to go just today - I'll be in touch when I get back."

Quote No. 19

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

Quote No. 20

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

Quote No. 21

"If Everest is the cake, Trango is the topping."

Quote No. 22

"Mountain climbing is extended periods of intense boredom, interrupted by occasional moments of sheer terror."

Quote No. 23

"He who remains calm while those around him panics probably doesn't know what is going on."

Quote No. 24

"There are old climbers, there are bold climbers, but there are no old bold climbers!"

Quote No. 25

"Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile initially scared me to death."

Quote No. 26

"Pissing through 6 inches of clothes with a 3 inch penis!"

Quote No. 27

"I so much enjoy waking up to garbage truck 'back up' beepers in the morning at Yosemite. It makes me feel like I'm in New York city!"

Quote No. 28

"Dear Lord, please don't let me fuck up."

Quote No. 29

"It doesn't have to be fun to be fun."

Quote No. 30

"Climbing is no longer the best thing to do in this area."

Quote No. 31

"Rocks make no compromise for sex... rock climbing is not like some sports, where it is made easier for women; or sports like, say, softball, which is only baseball for soft people. On a rock, everything is equal."

Quote No. 32

"I wouldn't last 30 minutes climbing solo."

Quote No. 33

"When penalty slack is greater than the distance to the ground, the FF becomes irrelevant."

Quote No. 34

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

Quote No. 35

"Profanity is about the best pro you'll get until the crack starts to narrow. Include doubles of profanity in the #6 to #8 range on your rack for this lead."

Quote No. 36

"I've seen 5.11 divided into 11 different grades of increasing difficulty, as follows: 5.11a, 5.10d, 5.11-, 5.11b, 5.11, 5.11c, 5.9 squeeze, 5.11+, 5.10 OW, 5.12a, 5.11d."

Quote No. 37

"Duct tape is like the Force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together."

Quote No. 38

"They say you can't do it, but sometimes it doesn't always work."

Quote No. 39

"The fact that I'm three months pregnant doesn't change anything."

Quote No. 40

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

Quote No. 41

"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."

Quote No. 42

"If you can bang a pin in with your ice axe without anyone yelling at you and you packed the whiskey 'cause it is the only thing that won't freeze, you're probably alpine climbing."

Quote No. 43

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

Quote No. 44

"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."

Quote No. 45

"Why? Why, why, why do I do this???"

Quote No. 46

"As we unloaded packs at the parking lot, two young ladies approached us to ask if we were THE Yosemite climbers... They asked if it were true that Yosemite climbers chafe their hands on the granite to enable them to friction up vertical walls. We assured them that the preposterous myth was true."

Quote No. 47

"Remember when sex was safe and climbing was dangerous?"

Quote No. 48

"No, she's the leader of our climb."

Quote No. 49

"Climbers have no sense of smell."

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Quote No. 50

"It is better to retreat off a good climb than to succeed on an indifferent one."

Quote No. 51

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

Quote No. 52

"Only those who lack it use the adjective 'excess' in front of testosterone."

Quote No. 53

"The best part is getting to the top 'cause the pain's all over."

Quote No. 54

"Definition: Alpinism is the art of going through the mountains confronting the greatest dangers with the biggest of cares. What we call art here, is the application of a knowledge to an action."

Quote No. 55

"When feet doesn't want to hold you, you climb with your head. Maybe it isn't the natural order of things, but isn't it better to walk with your head than to think with your feet, as it happens so frequently?"

Quote No. 56

"I became so desperate that I considered throwing Eric [Beck] off the ledge. I thought I could get down and then lie about what had happened. To my addled brain, this was plausible. Then I came to my senses and woke Eric up and told him that either he had to retreat or I'd throw him off. We went down and I never climbed again for a quarter of a century."

Quote No. 57

"10 March... 0 hours climbing. Write 5 pages to my mother in law. Getting desperate."

Quote No. 58

"There is no difference between religion and politics. Both involve lies and fanatical beliefs that generaly defy logic... Just like rock climbing."

Quote No. 59

"To be a full-fledged boulderer, you need to be able to do two things: climb way harder than I can, and shout 'You got it, dude!' with convincing enthusiasm every time someone leaves the ground, continuing until their return."

Quote No. 60

"Every time I go out and do something, Hans panics and starts trying to beat me. He's like a dog humping your leg."

Quote No. 61

"Artificial climbing: knack of appearing to climb by talking about it. This technique is best employed far from actual climbing areas, which tend to be hazardous. Small taverns and pizza parlors with an impressionable clientele are excellent sites for artificial climbing."

Quote No. 62

"Blood /n./ substance commonly used to mark a climbing route."

Quote No. 63

"Foot jam /n./ offensive accumulation between the toes, caused by wearing the same socks for several days."

Quote No. 64

"Layback /n./ what a climber looks forward to at the end of a day."

Quote No. 65

"Line of weakness: long involved explanation for not attempting a route."

Quote No. 66

"Mountaineering /n./ slow walking uphill while not feeling very well."

Quote No. 67

"Offwidth crack /n./ remark made in a smartass manner."

Quote No. 68

"Wilderness /n./ archaic word used to refer to the space that once existed between urban areas and which is now used as a proving ground for 4-wheel drive vehicles."

Quote No. 69

"Boulder /n./ place close to the ground to practice falling. When climbers aren't climbing, they like to sharpen their skills by bouldering on large rocks located in places frequented by impressionable tourists. Because bouldering is done without protection, the rule is never to climb higher than you'd like to fall. That is why so many climbers stand around discussing boulder problems instead of climbing them."

Quote No. 70

"Bivouac /n./ French for 'mistake'."

Quote No. 71

"Well, I'll say this: climbing can kill you, but women can destroy you. There's a big difference, y'know."

Quote No. 72

"Welcome to the employee rock-climbing seminar. You'll learn valuable teamwork skills by doing dangerous things unrelated to your jobs."

Quote No. 73

"To practice for the Steck-Salathé, crawl across asphalt parking lots in the summer, on your knees and elbows."

Quote No. 74

"You guys going up? Yes, yes, we go up. You may be going a lot higher than you think!"

Quote No. 75

"One thing to remember on the Eiger, never look up, or you may need a plastic surgeon."

Quote No. 76

"This is a group of people I used to go walking with. (long pause) That's me on the left. (even longer pause) On the right is the woman I married, Audrey. (very long pause, speaker looks at shoes) Which just goes to show that danger lurks where you least expect it."

Quote No. 77

"Never noticed a female monkey not climbing as well as a male, have you?"

Quote No. 78

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

Quote No. 79

"Nothing substitutes a large apprenticeship, a heap of experiences which converts into the base of intuition."

Quote No. 80

"All ice is dangerous. Grade 4 pillars are pumpy. Grade 5 pillars are pumpy and dangerous. Except for certain rare days of triple-high biorythms and favorable planetary alignments, grade 6 is beyond reach."

Quote No. 81

"Climb now, work later."

Quote No. 82

"Sit-down starts SUCK! No self respecting climber is going to make a habit of sitting on her ass to go climbing."

Quote No. 83

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

Quote No. 84

"Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it."

Quote No. 85

"I knew I was in trouble when my farts came out cold."

Quote No. 86

"Climbing is like a brain enema. It just cleans all the crap out of your head."

Quote No. 87

"Er, I say, are you going to be able to get me out?"

Quote No. 88

"Gravity would be softer were its acceleration not as fast."

Quote No. 89

"The moral here is to never trust equipment, but oneself. Hence, free soloing is the best choice for the safety conscious climber."

Quote No. 90

"It is a fine thing to be out on the hills alone. A man can hardly be a beast or a fool alone on a great mountain."

Quote No. 91

"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?"

Quote No. 92

"A man's passion for the mountain is, above all, his childhood which refuses to die."

Quote No. 93

"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."

Quote No. 94

"As in any alpine region, the weather is changeable, protection questionable, route-finding bewildering, rockfall frequent and descents tedious. In short, it's everything you could ever ask for."

Quote No. 95

"Free soloing can be deadly, even if it looks great in the photos."

Quote No. 96

"When you are in harmony with yourself and with the things you do, your body is fickle and you can do incredible things. Without doubt here comes the question of why really climb for. Many times men go to the mountain to obtain prestige, raise money and with this everything changes; then you become heavy."

Quote No. 97

"We wouldn't have this problem if it weren't for the cretins who popularize the classic routes on their web sites!"

Quote No. 98

"I think climbers should get credit just for remembering what their jobs are on Mondays."

Quote No. 99

"I climb much harder in my posts than I do in real life."

Quote No. 100

"Summits in the Alps go through 3 steps: 1) impossible! 2) the hardest climb of the Alps. 3) a lady's walk."

100 - 150

Quote No. 101

"Igor, one as you know that real man need not pad. Pad is for woman and only man who have not the ball."

Quote No. 102

"If by protected you mean that it's 10-15 feet above that alien, then yes, yes it is protected."

Quote No. 103

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

Quote No. 104

"If you think climbers fear thunderstorms, try canyoneers."

Quote No. 105

"The difference between climbers and normal workers is that climbers are glad of the Mondays, so they can rest."

Quote No. 106

"I like climbing for pleasure but wouldn't like to do it for money. Same thing than for sex."

Quote No. 107

"If someone were to ask me to quit climbing because they love me so much and doesn't want to lose me, I'd be out the door so fast, that someone wouldn't have time to say adios."

Quote No. 108

"Every critter does what feels good, I guess. Pigs roll in mud, Scott climbs, Inez rolls in mud and climbs. I think it is simple biology."

Quote No. 109

"Naked male sport climbers? No! I want naked male trad hogs! Pushing 50 or over, very hairy chest and back, front tooth missing (no dental insurance), wrinkled yellow toenail fungus, sunburnt dome with long gray ponytail (sparse curls will do), fingers the size of Polish sausages, torn-off nipples due to offwidth damage... Now there's a man, an image to behold, every climber chick's dream. And when he says: 'Hey, honey, wanna do the DNB?' you just melt into a heap of adoring lard."

Quote No. 110

"This is the fucking life, no?"

Quote No. 111

"Men's harness come with a set of nads built in, which can come in handy on a scary lead."

Quote No. 112

"The climb will go. Get rid of the rope. It's only distracting you."

Quote No. 113

"Il bouldering e un puo il coit interroto dell'arrampicata..."

Quote No. 114

"After all, maybe sticking to a diet is easier than climbing big walls."

Quote No. 115

"Doubt is the enemy of success."

Quote No. 116

"Oh, shit!"

Quote No. 117

"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."

Quote No. 118

"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."

Quote No. 119

"If the answer is 13 RURPs and a bat hook, what was the question?"

Quote No. 120

"The hardest thing about Fontainebleau is spelling it."

Quote No. 121

"I was once bouldering in solitude in the Needles, when a young female walked up and introduced herself and asked who I was. I told her and continued bouldering. She turned and walked away after a few minutes, saying over her shoulder: 'you can't be John Gill. He climbs much better than that'."

Quote No. 122

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

Quote No. 123

"I came up to help you with your pack, but it looks like you don't need any help."

Quote No. 124

"Then came a bigger fear. Not the threat of imminent injury, but the fear that if I didn't go back up, I would be a chickenshit forever."

Quote No. 125

"Are you alive?"

Quote No. 126

"Gee, in the old days people used aid to make things easier, nowadays they use aid to make things harder."

Quote No. 127

"The real, in all this efforts, is that we climb just for climbing."

Quote No. 128

"Climb like a girl. Pee like a guy."

Quote No. 129

"Hey brother, you're not fat dude, you're just bomber!"

Quote No. 130

"I heard that having big balls can help a climber make a bold lead, but that being a dick doesn't help anybody."

Quote No. 131

"Rock climbing, for me, is liking making Love to the Stone... for that I like to take some clothes off and be comfortable."

Quote No. 132

"If one more person says to me: 'Wow, you climb, and you don't have a boyfriend?' I'm gonna hurl. What am I supposed to say in response to that: 'Well, I have a really lousy personality'?"

Quote No. 133

"Of course, the first all-female ascent of Midnight Lightning was a huge coup, as Lynn was obviously aware. In fact, to make the ascent seem all the more valid, she even had her belayer (John Bachar) dress up in women's lingerie."

Quote No. 134

"Sitting on that first hook of the day, it's like your first time having sex. Your entire focus is on one very small object."

Quote No. 135

"Slug mode is when you lay in your tent with nothin' to do, maybe not even a book to read, maybe not even nothin' to eat. I can do it pretty well."

Quote No. 136

"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!"

Quote No. 137

"All men dream, although not in the same way. The ones who dream by night in the dusty shelters of their minds, wake up the next day and discover that it was just vanity; but the ones who dream by day are dangerous men, because they can represent their dreams with the eyes open to make them possible."

Quote No. 138

"The essence of climbing is not limited to those out there making a name for themselves."

Quote No. 139

"I believe that driving is more risky [than climbing]. The rock is never drunk, or on a cell-phone, or reaching into the back seat to smack a kid. Gravity is always there, of course, but it's not going 30mph at one time and driving a semi-truck at 80mph another."

Quote No. 140

"I was quaking in my boots."

Quote No. 141

"Height has nothing to do with it, it is your strength that counts."

Quote No. 142

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

Quote No. 143

"If everything's under control, you're going too slow."

Quote No. 144

"Frostbite? I consider that a failure."

Quote No. 145

"Lamest response ever to 'Let's toss for the crux pitch?': 'I don't have a coin'."

Quote No. 146

"Without gravity you wouldn't have a sport."

Quote No. 147

"Together we knew toil, joy and pain. My fervent wish is that the nine of us who were united in face of death should remain fraternally united through life."

Quote No. 148

"You know you're a speed climber when getting down a mountain takes the same or more time than going up."

Quote No. 149

"If it weren't for egos, some of the greatest accomplishements of climbing would never have happened."

150 - 200

Quote No. 150

"Big alpine routes aren't exactly safe... You need to have your feelers out, and you need to be willing to back off if things aren't quite right. At the same time, you have to push through your doubts and fears."

Quote No. 151

"In fact, I think you should add your body fat to the rating of the climb, to get a true measure of your inner climber. So climbing a 5.7 with 22% body fat is way harder than climbing a 5.14 with 3% body fat."

Quote No. 152

"I boulder with a rope. It's for body recovery."

Quote No. 153

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

Quote No. 154

"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..."

Quote No. 155

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

Quote No. 156

"The ground is a harsh spotter."

Quote No. 157

"Only the Spirits of the Air know what awaits me behind the mountains, but still I travel onwards."

Quote No. 158

"A man without scenery is completely disarmed."

Quote No. 159

"In times like these, it is helpful to remember that there have always been times like these."

Quote No. 160

"Found the following in a local post by someone describing what they look for in a resume when hiring a person for a computer programming job: Flowery action words can't hide a lack of accomplishment in life. I like it when someone lists things like 'mountain climbing' in their resume, because it means he's geeky enough to feel it's necessary to prove that he's not a geek, yet not so geeky that he's anal retentive."

Quote No. 161

"I'm getting cooked on all this wall climbing slavery. I want to sit on the beach, get a tan, and look at girls!"

Quote No. 162

"All of us knew that climbing was a sure way to stay poor, a lousy way to impress people and definitely no way to meet girls."

Quote No. 163

"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."

Quote No. 164

"A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave 5 minutes longer."

Quote No. 165

"I've tried many sports, but climbing is the best. The beauty of this sport is that no matter how good you get, you can always find a way to challenge yourself."

Quote No. 166

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

Quote No. 167

"This [rec.climbing] thread reminds me of why the Silent Partner was invented."

Quote No. 168

"Learn to jam, learn to bleed, learn when to turn over the lead!"

Quote No. 169

"If she spends more time drooling over gear catalogs than you, takes guidebooks into the bathroom to spend some quality time, blows off a friend's wedding or bridal shower to go to the Phoenix Bouldering Contest, then *maybe* she's a climber."

Quote No. 170

"You can't buy a 5.12."

Quote No. 171

"What most male climbers want from their female partners is one thing: a good belay."

Quote No. 172

"I've never noticed that being a woman is a handicap or a plus. I am a woman and there are men and we climb together. Sometimes I'm stronger, sometimes they're stronger - we motivated each other."

Quote No. 173

"This climb waits for someone with stainless steel testicles."

Quote No. 174

"In Ukraine, we have enough climbers without fingers and toes - the only problem is to change bootsize."

Quote No. 175

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

Quote No. 176

"John Wayne never wore Lycra."

Quote No. 177

"Our ascent, of course, does not end the possibility for new accomplishments on El Capitan. The day will probably come when this climb will be done in five days, perhaps less; and a younger generation will make a new route on the west face."

Quote No. 178

"I had the unique experience the next day: placing sixteen bolts in a row. It was just blank and there was no way around. But it was a route worth bolting for, and after a time I began to take an almost perverse joy in it, or at least in doing a good job."

Quote No. 179

"Here I was working away and always this mumbling and bitching from below, and finally the shocking ejaculation 'This is a lot of shit'. From then on I felt I was battling two opponents, the wall and Peterson."

Quote No. 180

"Anyone who says that they are having fun up here is flat out lying!"

Quote No. 181

"Being out on lead is like having a loaded gun pointed at your head all day!"

Quote No. 182

"Anyone who climbs walls is certifiably insane."

Quote No. 183

"Bouldering is like masturbation: not as good as the real thing but you don't need to worry about your protection."

Quote No. 184

"Most sports require only one ball."

Quote No. 185

"There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing."

Quote No. 186

"It's all bullshit on Everest these days."

Quote No. 187

"Don't Bolt - Be Bold"

Quote No. 188

"When in doubt - Run it out"

Quote No. 189

"Goddamn it! His parka doesn't fit me!"

Quote No. 190

"In 1961 I led this chimney in a state of metabolic uproar. At the base of the pitch I smoked several cigarettes (the first and last ones of my life). This was to calm me. Then I spooned half a jar of honey. This was to ensure superhuman strength. Mort Hempel, my partner, watched this silly ritual with mouth agape and eyes exploding with fear."

Quote No. 191

"There are all kind of values to be gotten out of climbing. Sometimes you can take a girlfriend up a climb and get laid for it."

Quote No. 192

"A woman's place is on top."

Quote No. 193

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see it's path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

Quote No. 194

"1) High pain threshold. 2) Bad memory. 3) I forget the third."

Quote No. 195

"I soon learned that Everest wasn't a private affair. It belonged to many men."

Quote No. 196

"Sometimes I'm soloing and then someone calls me 'bro' or tells me to 'go big' and suddenly I'm bouldering."

Quote No. 197

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

Quote No. 198

"I started climbing when men were men... and we nailed 5.8."

Quote No. 199

"We'll climb with you and steal your women."

Quote No. 200

"Climbing is not a battle with the elements, nor against the law of gravity. It's a battle against oneself."

200 - ...

Quote No. 201

"Each climber loses one finger or toe once in a while. This is a small but important reason for Polish climbers' success. Western climbers haven't lost as many fingers or toes."

Quote No. 202

"I am too slow to be a good climber, so I film instead."

Quote No. 203

"I couldn't catch a ball or any of that stuff. I could do only what required brute stupidity."

Quote No. 204

"Screwing is more enjoyable than drilling bolt holes!"

Quote No. 205

"As I hammered in the last bolt and staggered over the rim, it was not at all clear to me who was the conqueror and who was the conquered. I do recall that El Cap seemed to be in much better condition than I was."

Quote No. 206

"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."

Quote No. 207

"I wouldn't go there if I were you. They steal from the store and they smell and they wear rags and even piss right outside their tents. I tell you, it's like a leper colony, that place."

Quote No. 208

"The reason it was so scary was that there was only one climber capable of rescuing us, and that was Layton Kor, and he was in Colorado."

Quote No. 209

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

Quote No. 210

"The future of Yosemite climbing lies not in Yosemite, but in using the new techniques in the great granite ranges of the world."

Quote No. 211

"Personally, I would rather climb in the high mountains. I have always abhorred the remendous heat, the dirt-filled cracks, the ant-covered foul-smelling trees and bushes which cover the cliffs, the filth and noise of Camp 4 (the climbers' campground), and worst of all, the multitudes of tourists which abound during the weekends and summer months."

Quote No. 212

"Climbing for speed records will probably become more popular, a mania which has just begun. Climbers climb not just to see how fast and efficiently they can do it, but far worse, to see how much faster and more efficiently they are than a party which did the same climb a few days before. The climb becomes secondary, no more important than a racetrack. Man is pitted against man."

Quote No. 213

"Remember: if you take bivouac equipment along, you will bivouac..."

Quote No. 214

"It is very important for women to climb with other women."

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