I go up there and feel the happiest… I climb because, for me, climbing mountains outside is climbing mountains inside…ultimately, this is all about; it is not about conquering anything, is not about having anything…it is about becoming; each climb does not change you but transforms you; it is all about reinventing yourself (time and time again).

"You cannot stay on the mountain 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."
(Rene Daumal, Mont Analogue)

"…But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live. Chained by his servitude he is a slave who has forfeited all freedom. Only a person who risks is free. The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; and the realist adjusts the sails."
(William Arthur Ward)