The best journeys are those that answer the questions that at the outset you never thought to ask

Mountain shapes are often fantastic when seen through a mist, these were like the wildest creation of a dream.

—George Mallory

And this:
Our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.

—from As You Like It by Sir William Shakespeare

Some of the places we adventure have the best names for stuff…

A few of my favorites:
Dream Chutes
Dragon’s Tail Couloir
Castle Peak
The Enclosure
The Guardian
Sky Chutes
Wall Street
Idaho Express
Ellingwood Arête
Nez Perce
Conundrum Peak
The Narrows
Challenger Point
Cloudveil Dome
The Ship’s Prow
Disney Chutes
The Petzolt Knob
Dead Elk Couloir
Dead Dog Couloir
Lost Rat Couloir
Exum Ridge

Let me know some of yours.

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

—Martin Conway (via house-under-a-rock)

The bottom line is I’ve made thousands of good calls in the mountains and they don’t mean anything tomorrow when I go into the mountains. We’re all one bad call away from not coming home.

—Jeremy Jones