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Homer&Marje
06-24-2008, 07:32
:-?Just want to hear some of the diverse things people have gathered in their brain along countless hours of trails sky and pain. Always inspirational for me!

Heres one.

"The AT is not about luck, but rather the willingness to put up with extreme pain with a smile on your face while somewhere very close to the fringes of sanity" -Homer&Marje Happy trails

modiyooch
06-24-2008, 07:39
Here is my motto: "Thru hike; not thru pack"

Jason of the Woods
06-24-2008, 07:40
Walk it off, man.;)

Cabin Fever
06-24-2008, 07:43
"It's just over the next hill."

rafe
06-24-2008, 07:44
Here's a 232 page PDF packed with trail and wilderness-related quotes:

http://www.sctrails.net/trails/library/Quotes.pdf

kayak karl
06-24-2008, 08:50
Here's a 232 page PDF packed with trail and wilderness-related quotes:
http://www.sctrails.net/trails/library/Quotes.pdf

Good link:)
i like this quote from there........

I can only meditate when I am walking. When I stop, I cease to think; my mind only works with my legs.
—JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU, French philosopher & writer, 1712–78

fiddlehead
06-24-2008, 08:55
My own or somebody elses?

Mine: "And people think we rough it out here"

Other people: "No matter how hard you try, tin foil will not burn" (Rainman)

Grampie
06-24-2008, 09:03
"Hiking is like sex. You think you can do a lot, until you get into it.":-?

Lone Wolf
06-24-2008, 09:05
"blue-blazing is like masturbating. everybody does it but no one admits to it."

rafe
06-24-2008, 09:08
There were days
and there were days
and there were days I know
when all we ever wanted
was to learn and love and grow
Once we grew into our shoes
we told them where to go
walked halfway around the world
on promise of the glow
stood upon a mountain top
walked barefoot in the snow
gave the best we had to give
how much we'll never know we'll never know

- Days Between, Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia

MOWGLI
06-24-2008, 09:18
Here's a 232 page PDF packed with trail and wilderness-related quotes:

http://www.sctrails.net/trails/library/Quotes.pdf

Thanks. I've seen that in book form, but a PDF is quite useful.

Homer&Marje
06-24-2008, 09:27
"Complaining is like a rocking chair, it's fun, but at the end of the day it gets you nowhere, walking faster does."
-my parents

hopefulhiker
06-24-2008, 09:38
"Thru hiking is easy.... except for the hiking part" Hopeful Hiker

bloodmountainman
06-24-2008, 09:53
"Where in the Blue Blazes are we?":confused:

spunky
06-24-2008, 09:54
From the title of Model T (J.R. Tate's) book,
Walking on the Happy Side of Misery

That is difficult for a lot of people to comprehend but thru hikers, long distance hikers, and especially section hikers truly understand it.

Mags
06-24-2008, 10:00
The following is a collection of quotes from a Yahoo group I helped to maintain in the past.

The group has since transitioned to a website designed and maintained in part by a thru-hiker buddy of mine now located in Boulder: Mike "d-low" DiLorenzo. (http://www.d-low.com/)
(http://www.d-low.com/)
Most of the quotes were chosen by me. I found the quotes from my readings, cribbed from other sites or just happened to hear. A few I chose for a specific day (e.g. Halloween). A few were chosen by friends when I went away on vacation and they handled the e-mail list. Most, but not all, the quotes are outdoor and/or adventure related The really oddball quotes are probably by my buddy Josh (http://www.jzapin.com/) . :-D

Have the quotes up to Spring 2006 from just before I left for the CDT. I also have extra quotes that I like and never used.

Enjoy!

--Paul Mags


http://www.pmags.com/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=40&Itemid=33

Mags
06-24-2008, 10:01
Thanks. I've seen that in book form, but a PDF is quite useful.

I borrowed some quotes from that PDF in the past for my own quote list. :)

Lyle
06-24-2008, 10:17
While sitting, chest deep, fully clothed in Eagle Creek after being knocked off a log by Rhododendron during one of MANY crossings of the creek in the Smokies:

"G#@ D*%# banana trees!"

Homer&Marje
06-24-2008, 16:01
"Do not walk in front of me, for I will not follow you. Do not walk behind me, for I will not lead you. Rather, walk beside me, and be my friend"

-Two kids on acid (swear i wasn't one of em):eek:

Mags
06-24-2008, 16:04
While sitting, chest deep, fully clothed in Eagle Creek after being knocked off a log by Rhododendron during one of MANY crossings of the creek in the Smokies:

"G#@ D*%# banana trees!"


Oh. (another word for crap). We're here.
--Mags, PCT finish, Sept 2002

Odd Thomas
06-24-2008, 16:26
“A funny thing to do is, if you're out hiking and your friend gets bitten by a poisonous snake, tell him you're going to go for help, then go about ten feet and pretend that *you* got bit by a snake. Then start an argument with him about who's going to go get help. A lot of guys will start crying. That's why it makes you feel good when you tell them it was just a joke. (http://thinkexist.com/quotation/a_funny_thing_to_do_is-if_you-re_out_hiking_and/338756.html)” - Jack Handy

Homer&Marje
06-24-2008, 17:37
“A funny thing to do is, if you're out hiking and your friend gets bitten by a poisonous snake, tell him you're going to go for help, then go about ten feet and pretend that *you* got bit by a snake. Then start an argument with him about who's going to go get help. A lot of guys will start crying. That's why it makes you feel good when you tell them it was just a joke. (http://thinkexist.com/quotation/a_funny_thing_to_do_is-if_you-re_out_hiking_and/338756.html)” - Jack Handy

I cannot describe in words how funny that is to me... it's disturbing... but i think.. no yes i laughed so hard i peed myself

Odd Thomas
06-24-2008, 17:52
“When I found the skull in the woods, the first thing I did was call the police. But then I got curious about it. I picked it up, and started wondering who this person was, and why he had deer horns.” - Jack Handy

HeartoftheTrail
06-24-2008, 19:39
"Go all the way there - Come half way back"

in my signature, also.

Jason of the Woods
06-24-2008, 19:41
I forgot: It's just a little up and a little down.

Blade
06-24-2008, 20:46
Found scrawled on a shelter wall on Isle Royale:

"DEET is eating my gear"

Odd Thomas
06-24-2008, 21:01
Found scrawled on a shelter wall on Isle Royale:

"DEET is eating my gear"

rofl, thats classic! :p

Bearpaw88
06-24-2008, 21:20
"It'll grow back"
"Don't be a Douche"
"What's with all these drinkers with hiking problems?"
"The next section is all down hill"

Jim Adams
06-24-2008, 21:56
"Don't hurt the mice! We are just hikers spending a night in their world"

actually heard this at a shelter during my 1990 thru.

geek

ps. the cat ate good!

Cool AT Breeze
06-24-2008, 22:37
"It's just walking" - Lone Wolf

Bear Cables
06-25-2008, 10:57
" You can't have the mountain top experience unless you climb the mountian" my son's quote.

Then there's " just two more miles..."

And on a recent tough hike..." pull it from the liver"

faarside
06-25-2008, 11:47
The Trail is a path of knowledge where you may find questions or answers, joy or sorrow, death or life. What It does not have, is not worth having. What It does not know, is not worth knowing. -- Faarside

Happy Trails!

Bearpaw88
06-25-2008, 13:15
"It'll grow back"_COMA
"Don't be a Douche" -B Jack
"What's with all these drinkers with hiking problems?"- Lone Wolf
"The next section is all down hill"-every jerk headed sobo

forgot to properly give credit to the quotes

whitefoot_hp
06-25-2008, 13:17
"Its just this"

Kerosene
06-25-2008, 13:53
"I wonder about my wanderings." --Hammock Hanger

sherrill
06-25-2008, 13:58
"I don't think that storm is heading our way"

Monkeywrench
06-25-2008, 14:29
Standing in front of Big Branch shelter, which is yards from the roaring Big Branch, in a raging downpour with water cascading off the roof overhang, a newly arrived hiker asked the usual question, "Where's the water?" Duh!

Footslogger
06-25-2008, 14:33
"This wasn't in the brochure" ...heard often after the first 3 weeks of non-stop rain in 2003

'Slogger

Mzee
06-25-2008, 19:34
While climbing the brutal Copper Creek Trail out of Cedar Grove, Kings Canyon National Park where surmounting one ridge revealed another to be surmounted etc etc etc ...

"Blue sky at the top of a ridge means absolutely nothing." Chris Cameron

Cool AT Breeze
06-25-2008, 21:27
"The trail is much easier and flatter in Virginia"

NerdyJohn
06-25-2008, 22:28
As my hikes get more difficult, I cannot help but remember Stevie Nicks singing: "You cannot know the dream until you've known the nightmare"

Summit
06-26-2008, 06:46
Miles from nowhere
I guess I'll take my time
Oh yeah, to reach there

Look up at the mountain
I have to climb
Oh yeah, to reach there.

Lord my body has been a good friend
But I won't need it when I reach the end

Miles from nowhere
Guess I'll take my time
Oh yeah, to reach there

I creep through the valleys
And I grope through the woods
'cause I know when I find it my honey
It's gonna make me feel good

I love everything
So don't it make you feel sad
'cause I'll drink to you, my baby
I'll think to that, I'll think to that.

Miles from nowhere
Not a soul in sight
Oh yeah, but it's alright

I have my freedom
I can make my own rules
Oh yeah, the ones that I choose

Lord my body has been a good friend
But I won't need it when I reach the end

Miles from nowhere
I Guess I'll take my time
Oh yeah, to reach there.

-- Cat Stevens

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNId6M4SSNk

Been singing this song on the trail for 35 years! :)

mrc237
06-26-2008, 06:54
"Are we there yet"

RiverWarriorPJ
06-26-2008, 06:57
"blue-blazing is like masturbating. everybody does it but no one admits to it."

lllllllll......:jump:jump.......

RiverWarriorPJ
06-26-2008, 07:02
"Pain is Only Weakness Leaving Your Body"

notorius tic
06-26-2008, 07:44
"Where is the water standing at a DRY Spring" PA 07 as a Thunder Storm rolls in "ME"

notorius tic
06-26-2008, 07:46
Litterally talking to myself on PLEASENT POND 07 "*** AM I DOING HERE THIS IS NOT PLEASENT"

Tin Man
06-26-2008, 08:12
On the eastern end of VT

Bartender: "let me see the map. I thought we were going up through this section?"

Tin Man: "you have to go down to go up."

sheepdog
06-26-2008, 08:39
"I've hiked in plenty of ugly places" From Billy Goat

rafe
06-26-2008, 08:41
From Jan Liteshoe's book and LT diaries: "Tell the Queen!"









(you just have to read it, I guess...)

mrc237
06-26-2008, 08:47
"blue-blazing is like masturbating. everybody does it but no one admits to it."

"I ain't no stinkin blue blazer"