Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Favorite Quotes & Epic Adventures

Today is a good day to share some of my favorite quotes and pictures of epic adventures. Feel free to make a strong cup of coffee and contemplate your next move or "summit" in life:

Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.
~William James

He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed.
~William James

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.
~William James

Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few.

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
~John Ruskin

In God's wildness lies the hope of the world -- the great fresh, unblighted, unredeemed wilderness. The galling harness of civilization drops off and the wounds heal ere we are aware.
~John Muir

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing views. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
~Edward Abbey

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
~Edmund Hillary

Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. Climb slowly, steadily, enjoying each passing moment; and the view from the summit will serve as a fitting climax for the journey.
~Harold B. Melchart

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
~John Muir

Always do what you are afraid to do.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is a lake between sun and moon not too many know about. In the silence between whisper and shout, the space between wonder and doubt. This is a fine place, shining face to face. Those bonfire lights in the mirror of the sky. The space between wonder and why.
~Neil Peart of Rush

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
~Andre Gide

Now, some of my favorite epic adventures and pictures:

The Ramp as seen from the summit of Hidden Peak.

Altimeter reading from the summit of Peeking Mountain.

Winter night ascent of O'Malley Peak.

Bird to Eagle River traverse: Moraine Pass.

Flying high in Palmer, someplace near Mat Peak.

Cranking up Iron Mountain.

The bleak summit of East Twin Peak.

The summit of Eagle Peak! One of the greatest outings in my database.

Another view from Eagle Peak.

Ascending Eagle Peak on route to the hard earned summit.

A winter descent of Temptation Peak.

My friend Charlie signing the summit register of Cantata Peak.

The Bomber Traverse: Hatcher Pass.

The summit of Bold Peak.

Looking down from the summit of Bird Peak.

A winter ascent of Koktoya Peak.