You defeated me But you won't defeat me again Because you have grown all you can grow.... but I am still growing (about Mount Everest).
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.
People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.
As far as I knew, he had never taken a photograph before, and the summit of Everest was hardly the place to show him how.
We knocked the bastard off.
I am hell-bent for the South Pole-God willing and crevasses permitting.
There is precious little in civilization to appeal to a Yeti.
Better if he had said something natural like, Jesus, here we are.
Well, we knocked the bast*rd off!
I have discovered that even the mediocre can have adventures and even the fearful can achieve.
You don't have to be a hero to accomplish great things---to compete. You can just be an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.
I think the whole attitude towards climbing Mount Everest has become rather horrifying. The people just want to get to the top. They don't give a damn for anybody else who may be in distress and it doesn't impress me at all that they leave someone lying under a rock to die.
Reaching the summit of a mountain gives great satisfaction, but nothing for me has been more rewarding in life than the result of our climb on Everest, when we have devoted ourselves to the welfare of our Sherpa friends.
We didn't know if it was humanly possible to reach the top of Mt. Everest. And even using oxygen as we were, if we did get to the top, we weren't at all sure whether we wouldn't drop dead or something of that nature.
I am a lucky man. I have had a dream and it has come true, and that is not a thing that happens often to men.
The explorers of the past were great men and we should honour them. But let us not forget that their spirit lives on. It is still not hard to find a man who will adventure for the sake of a dream or one who will search, for the pleasure of searching, not for what he may find.