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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

Trad climber
Little Rock and Loving It
Jan 18, 2019 - 01:50pm PT
Not sierra oriented, but one I've always been fond of:

Tired and Lonely by Dag Hammarskjöld

And lonely,
So tired
The heart aches.
Meltwater trickles
Down the rocks,
The fingers are numb,
The knees tremble.
It is now,
Now, that you must not give in.
On the path of the others
Are resting places,
Places in the sun
Where they can meet.
But this
Is your path
And it is now,
Now that you must not fail
If you can,
But do not complain.
The way chose you --
And you must be thankful.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 18, 2019 - 03:11pm PT
Appropriate to the Sierras:

“Nobody goes there any more, it’s too crowded.” Yogi Berra

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Jan 18, 2019 - 03:14pm PT
Don' fck up and die. me.
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Jan 18, 2019 - 03:17pm PT
We wish to pursue the truth no matter where it leads...

The Good Places
Jan 18, 2019 - 03:22pm PT
+1 for the Anatoli Boukreev quote shared by Ruppell.

as to his fate, pre-envisioned by Boukreev himself, he said:

"Mountains are my life...my work. It is too late for me to take up another road."
Mark Sensenbach

Jan 18, 2019 - 07:31pm PT
"It'l go"
By my buddy Davey D. as he drags my scared ass up sh#t.
Jim Clipper

Jan 18, 2019 - 08:12pm PT
A sense of uncertainty that is potentially fatal is what makes climbing an adventure.
Anything less is just working out.

--Jim Bridwell

I guess that means I'm just Sweatin' to the Oldies on the Bridwell scale. Meh, probably always knew that anyway...

The state of quantum flux
Jan 19, 2019 - 09:06am PT
Not a quote, but in the spirit of...our beloved High Sierra

Jon of Roc

At the Battle of Dark Star
he pulled the flag out of the stone
from the top of Temple Crag
he took it down
for the people there
and made
Third Lake
his mountain home

In the Siege of El Capitan
he fought the tourists
and the rats
then retreated
to Tuolumne
reflecting on the golden domes
a tired warrior
sun kissed

In Desolation
he was counseled by
the angels as they spoke
his trek along the Pacific Crest
twenty six hundred miles
or more
with celestial guardians
on high

At the mountain hall near Mendenhall
they slew him where he slept
their piousness masked
their jealousy
of nature’s love
and free spiritedness
their vigilante law


Social climber
Jan 19, 2019 - 11:03am PT
hey there, say, lynne...


SEE air...aahhhh....

see AIR...aaahhhh...

sierra... sieRRa... sierra...

ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.....so very nice!


Trad climber
Little Rock and Loving It
Jan 19, 2019 - 12:31pm PT
Lynne Hill on completing the FFA of the Nose:

"It Goes Boys!"
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 19, 2019 - 02:40pm PT
Keep them coming...Super Appreciate! Anyone know any John Muir or Norman Clyde's worthy words that are meaningful to you?

Jan 19, 2019 - 02:46pm PT
"A ship in the harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are made for."

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 19, 2019 - 03:22pm PT
“It’s nice to be dead” - Iggy Pop
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 19, 2019 - 03:45pm PT
Was Iggy speaking from experience? :)

Trad climber
Little Rock and Loving It
Jan 19, 2019 - 03:51pm PT
Anyone know any John Muir or Norman Clyde's worthy words that are meaningful to you?

This would be a good time for Doug Robinson to post up.

Lynne- you have been a bit vague about the book. Maybe if you told a bit more you would get more input.





Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Jan 19, 2019 - 04:17pm PT
My favorite:
"You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. 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. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know." — René Daumal.

More of these from our old friend at the wreck:

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 19, 2019 - 05:23pm PT
Lynne, I suspect he was speaking in an existential sense. Quite à propos I just read an
interview of Michel Houellebecq by Susannah Hunnewell in the Paris Review. Houellebecq
is a very polarizing writer.

“How do you have the nerve to write some of the things you do?” I asked him.
“Oh, it’s easy. I just pretend that I’m already dead.”
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 20, 2019 - 04:15pm PT
Reilly, thanks for turning me onto some new people, ideas....for me at least.

Trad climber
By decision or indecision we are where we are.
Jan 22, 2019 - 05:56am PT
Of course there is the quote attributed to Eric Beck:

"At either end of the social spectrum lies a leisure class"

Or something like that.

Trad climber
Valles Marineris
Jan 22, 2019 - 10:42am PT
I've always been partial to a quote from John Salathe' when referring to the difference between free climbing ("hiking") and aid climbing ("climbing")

Enough of this hiking. Let's get on with the climbing.

Mountain climber
Jan 22, 2019 - 12:36pm PT
“Without risk to life and limb, there is no adventure “
Yvon Chouinard

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings: Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine into flowers, the winds will blow their freshness into you, and the storms, their energy and cares will drop off like autumn leaves”
John Muir

“Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are naught without prudence, and 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

“We climb for so many reasons; the sheer beauty and grandeur of the mountains, the soothing balm of solitude, the satisfaction of exploring new ground, and of exploring our own reactions to new exacting experiences. The climber gains satisfaction from going into potentially dangerous places but the, through his own skill and experience, rendering it safe”
Sir Chris Bonington

“ The last step depends on the first and the first step depends on the last”
Rene Daumal

“Solo climbing is like life; a mystery, unpredictable, risky, often dependent on chance, and somewhat illogical “
Reinhold Messner

“For once I stood in the white, windy presence of eternity “
Eunice Tietjens

“The barriers we encounter in realizing our potential are, more often than not, self imposed. If we start by removing those, we find far fewer barriers than we had expected “
Cathy O’Dowd. (first woman to climb Everest)

“Life begins at 10,000 feet”
Will Unsoeld

“ The greatest asset of a good mountaineer is a bad memory “
Mark Jenkins

“ There are only three real sports; Bullfighting, Automobile racing, and mountain climbing. All the rest are just games.”
Ernest Hemingway

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 22, 2019 - 12:40pm PT
“The greatest asset of a good mountaineer is a good bladder” - moi
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 24, 2019 - 04:06pm PT
Thanks to all who took the time to contribute. Cheers!

Trad climber
By decision or indecision we are where we are.
Jan 24, 2019 - 05:20pm PT
Back atcha Lynne.

From Royal:

"By decision or indecision, we all control where we are".

OT: as a side note to Lynne, I am glad you have found a new life in this community. We've not yet met but have common friends. Glad you are at the campfire.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2019 - 02:21pm PT
Thanks for that quote, johntp. The past 11 years (yes, already 11!!!) have been a wonderful adventure around this campfire called Tacoland.

I may have met you briefly (try 2 minutes). Didn't you deliver the fresh fish to Todd Gordon's when we had the Sushi Fest there?

Mountain climber
Jan 25, 2019 - 02:47pm PT

Trad climber
By decision or indecision we are where we are.
Jan 25, 2019 - 03:24pm PT
I may have met you briefly (try 2 minutes). Didn't you deliver the fresh fish to Todd Gordon's when we had the Sushi Fest there?

Yes, delivered fish to Todd's two times. Once for tarfest and once for Birdfest.

ron gomez

Trad climber
Jan 25, 2019 - 05:25pm PT
Sent you some stuff Lynnie. Gotta get over here, look at the stuff I have, eat some grub and drink some wine! Bring The Yerian when he gets in.....guitars, harps and anything else that makes music.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2019 - 07:49pm PT
Thanks my friend, Ron. Your info was spot on.
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
Jan 26, 2019 - 09:32am PT
I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all.

Jack Kerouac - The Dharma Bums (1958).
Larry Nelson

Social climber
Jan 26, 2019 - 09:52am PT
"I'd rather be in the mountains thinking about God, than sitting in church thinking about the mountains."
Unknown author

Mountain climber
golden, rollin hills of California
Jan 26, 2019 - 10:34am PT
Chief Seattle's Letter

"The President in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky? the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them?

Every part of the earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every meadow, every humming insect. All are holy in the memory and experience of my people.

We know the sap which courses through the trees as we know the blood that courses through our veins. We are part of the earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters. The bear, the deer, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the dew in the meadow, the body heat of the pony, and man all belong to the same family.

The shining water that moves in the streams and rivers is not just water, but the blood of our ancestors. If we sell you our land, you must remember that it is sacred. Each glossy reflection in the clear waters of the lakes tells of events and memories in the life of my people. The water's murmur is the voice of my father's father.

The rivers are our brothers. They quench our thirst. They carry our canoes and feed our children. So you must give the rivers the kindness that you would give any brother.

If we sell you our land, remember that the air is precious to us, that the air shares its spirit with all the life that it supports. The wind that gave our grandfather his first breath also received his last sigh. The wind also gives our children the spirit of life. So if we sell our land, you must keep it apart and sacred, as a place where man can go to taste the wind that is sweetened by the meadow flowers.

Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the earth is our mother? What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth.

This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

One thing we know: our God is also your God. The earth is precious to him and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its creator.

Your destiny is a mystery to us. What will happen when the buffalo are all slaughtered? The wild horses tamed? What will happen when the secret corners of the forest are heavy with the scent of many men and the view of the ripe hills is blotted with talking wires? Where will the thicket be? Gone! Where will the eagle be? Gone! And what is to say goodbye to the swift pony and then hunt? The end of living and the beginning of survival.

When the last red man has vanished with this wilderness, and his memory is only the shadow of a cloud moving across the prairie, will these shores and forests still be here? Will there be any of the spirit of my people left?

We love this earth as a newborn loves its mother's heartbeat. So, if we sell you our land, love it as we have loved it. Care for it, as we have cared for it. Hold in your mind the memory of the land as it is when you receive it. Preserve the land for all children, and love it, as God loves us.

As we are part of the land, you too are part of the land. This earth is precious to us. It is also precious to you.

One thing we know - there is only one God. No man, be he Red man or White man, can be apart. We ARE all brothers after all."


Social climber
Pasadena and Ojai, CA
Jan 26, 2019 - 02:45pm PT
"The forging of friendships too deep for words is almost never the reason we set off into the wilderness to probe the unknown. But in the end, it is what glows in memory."
David Roberts Limits of the Known (2018) book

Trad climber
Portland Oregon
Jan 26, 2019 - 04:11pm PT
Of course there is the quote attributed to Eric Beck:

"At either end of the social spectrum lies a leisure class"

Or something like that.

I was on a gunks weekend trip with DanaB years ago and quoted this ( Eric lived with us for a short while).

Dana’s version was:

“ at either end of the social spectrum people live behind high walls and steel bars”.

Trad climber
Portland Oregon
Jan 26, 2019 - 04:29pm PT
Up high you all look like bugs. What a cool spot. I’m cool to even be here. I’m better than all of you.

~Jebus in the mountains (what a d bag)


Trad climber
Jan 26, 2019 - 04:44pm PT
When I die, spread my ashes across the Sierra Nevada, the mountains or the brewery, it won't matter.

Mountain climber
Timbers of Fennario
Jan 26, 2019 - 07:05pm PT
Indeed there has been no time in human history when mountains and mountaineering have had so much to offer... We need to rediscover the vast, harmonious pattern of the natural world of which we are a part-the infinite complexities of its myriad components, the miraculous simplicity of the whole. We need to learn again those essential qualities in our own selves which make us what we are: the energy of our bodies, the alertness of our minds; curiosity and the desire to satisfy it, fear and the will to conquer it. The mountain way may well be a way of escape-from cities and men, from turmoil and doubt, from the perplexities and uncertainties that thread our lives. But in the truest sense, it is not an escape from reality but to reality.
That men have climbed the Matterhorn and Denali, Aconcagua and Nanda Devi... means little. That should want to climb them and try to climb them means everything. For it is the ultimate wisdom of the mountains that a man is never more a man than when he is striving for what is beyond his grasp, and there is no conquest worth winning save that over his own weakness and ignorance and fear."
-James Ramsey Ullman in "High Conquest" 1942

Sport climber
100-year Visitor
Jan 26, 2019 - 07:28pm PT
Sent you some stuff Lynnie. Gotta get over here, look at the stuff I have, eat some grub and drink some wine! Bring The Yerian when he gets in.....guitars, harps and anything else that makes music.

I wanna play!
ron gomez

Trad climber
Jan 27, 2019 - 06:31am PT
Well hell, E get down here! I’m at best a hacker on guitar, but Yerian can make me sound good.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 27, 2019 - 10:30am PT
A quick pass through Galen's version of Muir's The Yosemite.

"I drifted enchanted...gazing afar over domes and peaks, lakes and woods, and the billowy glaciated fields...In the midst of such beauty...one's body is all one tingling palate. Who wouldn't be a mountaineer!"

"Yosemite became to to Muir what the Galápagos Islands were to Darwin: a place where personal experience and visionary thought came together to influence broader concepts pursued for decades thereafter in other parts of the world. Both men looked closely at the primordial struggle for existence long observed by others; both saw something not life-threatening and destructive, but rather a creative, life-giving process. Darwin liberated biologists from looking at species as fixed entities. Muir freed first himself, then generations of his disciples, from the venerated tradition of adapting land to human needs, urging instead a new ethic of adapting human behavior toward preserving the natural state of the earth.
I believe Muir made this leap of faith precisely because he was not pursuing a tangible goal in society, such as a college degree, a homestead, a pioneer trail, or even a national park. He inadvertently put himself into a situation where he spent long periods of time in the wilds without trying to change his surroundings to fit his needs. When he climbed mountains, the essence of his experience was the natural character of the terrain. Applied on a larger scale, the new way of viewing the world that he discovered for himself gave birth to the environmental movement as well as to forms of self-propelled outdoor recreation virtually unknown in his time." Galen Rowell on Muir

"The Sierra should be called, not the Nevada or Snowy Range, but the Range of Light. And after ten years of wandering in the heart of it, rejoicing in its glorious floods of light, the white beams of the morning streaming through the passes, the noonday radiance on the crystal rocks, the flush of the alpenglow, and the irised spray of countless waterfalls, it seems above all others the Range of Light."

"Look well about you wanderer! There is but one Yosemite on the face of the earth, and through the myriad moods, the shifting cyclic patterns, will always sound your need, simple joy and certitude, the face of life itself." Michael Borghoff

"The Sierra, instead of being a huge wrinkle of the earth's crust without any determinate structure, is built up of regularly formed stones like a work of art."

"Awful in stern, immovable majesty, how softly these rocks are adorned...their brows in the sky, a thousand flowers leaning confidently at their feet, bathed in floods of water, floods of light, while the snow and waterfalls, the winds and avalanches and clouds shine and sing and wreathe about them as the years go by."

"These beautiful days...do not exist as mere pictures - maps hung upon the wall of memory to brighten at times when touched by association or will...They saturate themselves into every part of the body and live always."

"The Master Builder chose for a tool, not the earthquake nor lightning to rend and split asunder, not the stormy torrent nor eroding rain, but the tender snow-flowers, noiselessly falling through unnumbered seasons, the offspring of the sun and sea."

After gaining a point about halfway to the top, I was suddenly brought to a dead stop, with arms outspread, clinging close to the face of the rock, unable to move hand or foot either up or down. My doom appeared fixed. I must (italics) fall...Then my trembling muscles became firm again, every rift and flaw in the rock was seen as through a microscope, and my limbs moved with a positiveness and precision with which I seemed to have nothing at all to do. Had I been borne aloft upon wings, my deliverance could not have been more complete." Muir about climbing Mount Ritter in 1873

"The power of modern photography is not unlike that of old Victorian prose. At its worst, it overwhelms the viewer with visual stimulation that does not truly reflect what the eye of an observer would see or, more important, care to see. At its best, by holding moments still for all time, it shows us something more than our eyes can see. This unswerving ability to hold true to reality while stimulating emotional sympathy is not built into the mechanics of the camera, but rather into the heart and soul of its user. This very quality of Muir's prose infects countless visitors to Yosemite with a new appreciation for both the scenes before their eyes and for the man whose vision created such a national park." Galen Rowell
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 27, 2019 - 03:42pm PT
Super Much enjoying All the contributions!!! Keep 'em coming. :)

Aeriq, you are always welcome!

Trad climber
Portland Oregon
Jan 27, 2019 - 05:43pm PT
“So, it’s kind of like the quest for the holy grail. Well, you know, who gives a sh#t what the holy grail is. It’s the quest is what’s important.”

Yvon Chouinard - 180 South
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Jan 27, 2019 - 06:24pm PT
I stink.
Therefore, I am.

Sorry Rene.

Mountain climber
Timbers of Fennario
Jan 27, 2019 - 07:28pm PT
^^^ Ha!

My name is Pierce,
It's what I do.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 27, 2019 - 07:30pm PT
Fuggetaboutit, kid, I’m just busting yer chops.

 Tony Spilotro (the guy played by Joe Pesci in “Casino”) to my brother’s father-in-law.
Tony lived upstairs from John. John brought home the first new car he had ever bought and
with the whole neighborhood oohing and ahing over it Tony intones (pardon the pun) what a
nice car it is and that he would like it. Seeing the horror on John’s Polak face Tony unleashed
a big smile and the above quote.

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Jan 29, 2019 - 01:56am PT
My sincere apologies to both you, Lynne, and brother, Dave, for not being able to help you more with your Tuolumne book. Please accept these quotations from Norman Clyde, as per Lynne’s request, as possibilities for literary references to our home area which your book will illuminate. Thank you for undertaking this project; it will be of immense benefit to those who will follow us on a never-ending exploration of what is possible, of what can bring us personal satisfaction, and of what is meaningful in LIFE.

I chose these quotations not only for their geographical relevance to your present project, but also because they not only illuminate the past, but also because they point to places where “high country Yosemite climbing” will inevitably proceed…

With diligent search of the Sheridan Anderson thread, you will find pictures that I posted of Sheridan and Norman.

Quotations are from Close Ups of the High Sierra by Norman Clyde. It’s interesting reading his assessments of Yosemite compared to the mountains farther south. Had he only known how the future of Sierra climbing would unfold, he might have written different words about Yosemite and Tuolumne. But when we met in Tuolumne, he had followed the development of Sierra climbing, and he knew, as all of us know, that we can’t really predict the future(s) of our chosen endeavors.

Please enjoy his writing!! He was, in fact, an adherent of Classical literature:

“Although neither so high, so rugged, nor so picturesque as the mountains of the southern Sierra, those of the Yosemite possess fascinating scenery and a considerable number of peaks sufficiently difficult to attract the attention of the climber.”

“Being at the head of the Tuolumne Meadow, it (Mt. Dana) possesses a very fine prospect down this oval basin some ten miles in length, the Tuolumne River winding sinuously through verdant meadows that rise gently to deep green belts of conifer forest which sweep up the gray, snow-splashed peaks forming the skyline on either side of it.”

“Somewhat more than halfway down the meadow and to the south of it is a cluster of unusually sharp peaks that shoot up abruptly from the pine clad slopes. They rise in isolated spires and ragged ridges that have been termed “cockscombs.” The best known of these are the Unicorn and Cathedral Peaks. Both are somewhat difficult ascents; the former demanding some rather delicate rock-work along a broken knife-edge ridge, to reach the summit…”

“North of the lower portion of the Tuolumne Meadow is a handsome, light-gray mountain that…stands in fine perspective at the head of receding canyons. This is Mt. Conness (12,556’)."

“The trail north of the Tuolumne River leaps in snowy cascades and whirling water-wheel falls for a distance of eighteen miles until it is eventually ensconced in a great steep canyon with walls a mile high.”

"Another enticing option is Matterhorn Canyon which can be reached through groves of excellent mountain hemlocks, where insects have not killed them, and on to the Matterhorn which offers an excellent, but not very difficult rock climb, to its narrow summit overlooking a fine panorama that extends far along the axis of the range…”
Robert Yoho

Social climber
Los Angeles,ca
Jan 29, 2019 - 03:11am PT
“But he betrayed Alcibiades,” I pressed. Bruise shrugged. “Who didn’t?”

I must sit, overcome, and wept for those companions upon whom eternal night had closed, and these, philosopher and assassin, who must tread that same dark passage soon

Trad climber
By decision or indecision we are where we are.
Jan 30, 2019 - 08:03pm PT

Here is Royal's quote. I muffed it.:

We all control, by decision or indecision, where we are. - Royal Robbins

Mountain climber
Jan 31, 2019 - 06:44am PT
Badges ? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges ! ( Alfonso Bedoya in "Treasure of the Sierra Madre " ) .

Social climber
my abode
Jan 31, 2019 - 07:29am PT
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
--- Albert Einstein

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
May 12, 2019 - 03:14pm PT
If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.

Ludwig Wittsenstein

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 12, 2019 - 03:59pm PT
Kris, I presume you meant Wittgenstein, ja? Didjya know he was chummy with Alan Turing?

Einstein, when he visited the University of Cambridge in 1922, was told by his host that he had done great things because he stood on Newton's shoulders; Einstein replied:

"No I don't. I stand on the shoulders of Maxwell".

(That would be James Clerk Maxwell)
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2019 - 07:02pm PT
Boodawg, I don't think I thanked you! If you ever have time to unearth pics that would be great. Project is coming to a completion. Cheers!

Trad climber
May 13, 2019 - 12:03pm PT
It's not climbing, but important.

" Never die easy. Why run out of bounds and die easy? Make that linebacker pay. It carries into all facets of your life. It's okay to lose, to die, but don't die without trying, without giving it your best."

Walter Payton
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - May 13, 2019 - 03:45pm PT
FRUMY, I liked Walter Peyton. Thanks.

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
May 13, 2019 - 05:33pm PT
"Never noticed a female monkey not climbing as well as a male, have you?" ~ Don Whillans

Trad climber
May 15, 2019 - 08:41am PT
^^^^ that's the truth
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2019 - 07:21pm PT
The truth....and you can quote me. "I love you Taco People." Just feeling the love tonight. Looks like it's now or never.
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
May 16, 2019 - 05:04pm PT

Found a Norman Clyde quote:


Trad climber
May 21, 2019 - 12:42pm PT
"Confidence is the feeling you have before you fully understand the situation."

Trad climber
May 21, 2019 - 12:50pm PT
FRUMY, that Walter Peyton quote perfectly described his running style. He never ran around anyone, he ran over 'em. Most problems in life are best handled straight on..
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - May 21, 2019 - 03:29pm PT
Thanks, Doug, you've given me an idea.....:)

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
May 21, 2019 - 03:37pm PT
"Confidence is the feeling you have before you fully understand the situation."

That's classic, and all too often true.

burnin' vernon

May 21, 2019 - 03:48pm PT
Don't know if it's Sierra specific but one of my fave Bridwell's:

“Adventure and excitement are the two things missing from civilization. Danger keeps you on your toes.” -- Jim Bridwell 2015

The adventure begins when/where the beta ends.

Trad climber
Punter, Little Rock
May 21, 2019 - 04:10pm PT
"Confidence is the feeling you have before you fully understand the situation."

That's classic, and all too often true.


Spot on!

In the same genre:

It's not an adventure until something goes wrong. - Yvon Chouinard
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