Hiking Quotes

Here are some of my favorite “thru-hiker-related” sayings that have encouraged me along the way:

“A house on your back.” –Colin Fletcher

“Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.” –Steven Wright

“When you get there, there isn’t any there there.” -Gertrude Stein

“Arise, walk through the land in length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.” –Genesis 13:17 (KJV)

“Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.” –William Barclay

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” –Lao Tzu

“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” –Sir Edmund Hillary

“Don’t trust any decision that you make uphill.” –Thru-Hiker

“Hike your own hike (HYOH).”  –Common Trail Expression

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” –Sir Rannulph Fiennes

“This wasn’t in the brochure.” –Thru Hiker

“When it comes to thru-hiking, part of the plan is to not have a plan.” –David Mizer

“A thru-hike is a series of 5-day backpacking trips.” –Thru-Hiker

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” –Henry David Thoreau

“You pack your fears.” –Common Trail Expression

“Hiker funk can make a skunk envious.” –Thru-Hiker

“You do not “carry” a pack, you “wear” a pack.” –Wayne Gregory

“There are no gains, without pains.”–Father Abraham

“Enjoying extraperambulatory activities.” –Colin Fletcher

“Carry as little as possible, but choose that little with care.” –Earl Shaffer

“Although the vast majority of walkers never even think of using a walking staff, I unhesitatingly include it among the foundations of the house that travels on my back.” -Colin Fletcher

“The trail is a teacher.” –Thu-Hiker

“A hiker’s tent is his castle.”  –Colin Fletcher

“Going to the woods is going home.” –John Muir

“Except along flat, straight roads, miles are just about meaningless.  Hours are what count.” –Colin Fletcher

“Throw a loaf of bread and a pound of tea in an old sack and jump over the back fence.” –John Muir

“Discussions on backpacking should always begin with the personal pronoun “I.”  –David Mizer

“Never leap a chasm in two bounds.” –George Will

“I’m more worried about the human animals.” –Thru Hiker

“I halt every hour with fairly mechanical regularity, modifying slightly to suit terrain.”–Colin Fletcher

“If you want to go fast, walk alone; if you want to go far, walk together.” –Thru Hiker


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