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Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 17, 2019 - 03:48pm PT
Does anyone here in Taco Land have a quote or saying they love that describes the Sierra, rock climbing and the significance these hold in their lives.....looking for some inspiration. Thanks!

Sport climber
100-year Visitor
Jan 17, 2019 - 04:13pm PT
Besides the over-quoted John Muir statement we all know, I have always liked this one:

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”
wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
Jan 17, 2019 - 07:04pm PT
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.

John Muir

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Jan 17, 2019 - 07:06pm PT
Going to the liquor store is like going home...rj
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 17, 2019 - 07:12pm PT
Thanks, you Guys. I hope we get more of these gems. We'd like to include the best in a book on Tuolumne we are just finishing. Cheers!

Jan 17, 2019 - 07:19pm PT
I don't think he ever made it the the Sierra but this is by far my favorite quote.

“Mountains are not Stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.”

― Anatoli Boukreev
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 17, 2019 - 07:30pm PT
Another very kuhl one! Thanks and please keep them coming.
Flip Flop

Earth Planet, Universe
Jan 17, 2019 - 07:52pm PT

For All

Ah to be alive
on a mid-September morn
fording a stream
barefoot, pants rolled up,
holding boots, pack on,
sunshine, ice in the shallows,
northern rockies.

Rustle and shimmer of icy creek waters
stones turn underfoot, small and hard as toes
cold nose dripping
singing inside
creek music, heart music,
smell of sun on gravel.

I pledge allegiance

I pledge allegiance to the soil
of Turtle Island,
and to the beings who thereon dwell
one ecosystem
in diversity
under the sun
With joyful interpenetration for all.

-Gary Snyder

I settled at Cold Mountain long ago

Already it seems like ages

Wandering free I roam the woods and streams

Lingering to watch things be themselves

Men don't come this far into the mountains

Where white clouds gather and billow

Dry grass makes a comfortable mattress

The blue sky is a fine quilt

Happy to pillow my head on the rock

I leave heaven and earth to endless change

Han Shan

I love the joy of mountains

Wandering free with no concerns

Every day I find food for this old body

There's leisure for thinking, nothing to do

Often I carry an ancient book

Sometimes I climb a rock pavilion

To look down a thousand foot precipice

Overhead are swirling clouds

A cold moon chilly cold

My body feels like a flying crane

-Han Shan

If I had a peaceful heart
It would look like this-
Some trees & hills, a creek
By which to kiss-
The fog would be this cool
The hawk would sail that far
And the song I'd hear
Would come from Kate's guitar

I know why we live
& I know why we die-
I know why we laugh
& I know why we cry
But I don't know how this
Color of sky invites the evening star
& I don't know how such peacefulness
Found a home in Kate's guitar-

In the hills of California
Lovers struggle on-
There's discussions in the kitchen
A tired embrace at dawn-
Kate left but I don't think
She really went that far-
Sometimes I swear there's
More than two hands
Playing Kate's guitar

-Greg Brown

The higher the trail the steeper it grows
Ten thousand tiers of dangerous cliffs
The stone bridge is slippery with green moss
Cloud after cloud keeps flying by
Waterfalls hang like ribbons of silk
The moon shines down on a bright pool
I climb the highest peak once more
To wait where the lone crane flies


Wash my eyes that I may see
Yellow return to the willow tree
Open my ears that I may hear
The river running swift and clear
And please
Wash my eyes
And please
Open my ears
Wash this world that is one place
And wears a mad and fearful face
Let the cruel raging cease
Let these children sleep in peace
And please
Wash this world
And please
Let these children
Sleep in peace
-Greg Brown

Jan 17, 2019 - 07:55pm PT
"Quack" ~ said the duck as it flew over the countryside ....
Flip Flop

Earth Planet, Universe
Jan 17, 2019 - 08:14pm PT
The inimitable Mary Oliver has transcended

The dream of my life
Is to lie down by a slow river
And stare at the light in the trees—
To learn something by being nothing
A little while
but the rich
Lens of attention.

-Mary Oliver


Sport climber
100-year Visitor
Jan 17, 2019 - 08:23pm PT
A sense of uncertainty that is potentially fatal is what makes climbing an adventure.
Anything less is just working out.

--Jim Bridwell

Trad climber
Ontario, Canada
Jan 17, 2019 - 08:50pm PT
All great quotes and beautiful poetry. Maybe I can think of something to add.

from out where the anecdotes roam
Jan 17, 2019 - 08:52pm PT
"I hold the most archaic values on earth ... the fertility of the soul, the magic of the animals, the power-vision in solitude.... the love and ecstasy of the dance, the common work of the tribe."
-gary snyder

"I gave my heart to the mountains the minute I stood beside this river with its spray in my face and watched it thunder into foam, smooth to green glass over sunken rocks, shatter to foam again. I was fascinated by how it sped by and yet was always there; its roar shook both the earth and me."
-wallace stegner

"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!"
-hunter s. thompson

"truth and beauty can still win battles. we need more art, more passion, more wit in defense of the earth."
-david brower

"Every pizza is a personal pizza if you try hard and believe in yourself."
-bill murray
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Jan 17, 2019 - 09:09pm PT
"Where the f*#k is the top of this f*#king thing?"

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Jan 17, 2019 - 11:46pm PT
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.

Markus Aurelius

Trad climber
Portland Oregon
Jan 18, 2019 - 12:03am PT
Quack" ~ said the duck as it flew over the countryside ....

Smart duck

Trad climber
Portland Oregon
Jan 18, 2019 - 12:08am PT
We were having a casual day starting a climb on the Apron when a college kid pollster came by and asked some questions for his thesis.

Pollster: “how has climbing affected your career choices?”

My Partner: “I have no career.”

Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Jan 18, 2019 - 10:45am PT
Nature is not a place to visit. It is your home.
- Gary Snyder
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 18, 2019 - 12:19pm PT
Sitting here reading, smiling, chuckling and pondering. It's a cold, wet, cloudy day but the campfire is warm and there are great souls around it.

Jan 18, 2019 - 01:43pm PT
While standing on a thousand summits,
I saw and watched
both the Dawn and the setting sun,
and crossing the highest passes
I happily trod
razored ridges
understanding well my limitations as a man.

While resting in meadows,
I observed the parodies
of the Earth,
and with quiet stream explaining
solved all manner of problems,
and discovered my soul limitless
in the eyes of a perfect God.

Ian Skies Walker
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