Hiking and outdoor quotes


Over the years we have published a selection of hiking and other outdoor based quotes as part of our regular newsletters. These quotes cover the full range from witty, to inspiring, and sometimes irreverent, so we thought we would collect them all in one central location and continue to update this list on a monthly basis as we find more quotes.

The following list is arranged in alphabetical order based on the attributed author’s last name. Enjoy!


It feels good to be lost in the right direction.


If the winter is too cold and the summer is too hot, you are not a hiker.


Anywhere is ‘within walking distance’.


The earth has music for those who listen.


Comfortable in camp, or comfortable on the trail.



Adventure is the result of poor planning.

Roald Amundsen, Polar Explorer


“What a lovely surprise to discover how un-lonely being alone can be.”

Ellen Burstyn


May you live in interesting times.



You shall have a place outside the camp, and you shall go out to it. And you shall have a stick with your weapons, and when you sit down outside, you shall dig a hole with it and turn back and cover up your excrement.

Deuteronomy 23:12-13

“When you go out there you don’t get away from it all, you get back to it all. You come home to what’s important. You come home to yourself”

Peter Dombrovskis


Adventure is out there.

Ellie from the movie Up


The best way out is always through. Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in. In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference. Robert Fros

Robert Frost


Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.

Seth Godin


Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.

Frank Herbert

Most folks in today’s society do not seek out things that will test them. Most seek out things that will entertain them.

David Horton


On a hike, the days pass with the wind, the sun, the stars; movement is powered by a belly full of food and water, not a noxious tankful of fossil fuels. On a hike, you’re less a job title and more a human being. A periodic hike not only stretches the limbs but also reminds us: Wow, there’s a big old world out there.

Ken Ilgunas



Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing the lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.

Jack Kerouac

The core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences.

Jon Krakauer


Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization’.

Charles Lindbergh

The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Hiking is the best workout! You can hike for three hours and not even realise you’re working out. And, hiking alone lets me have some time to myself.

Jamie Luner

We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again – to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.”

Pico Lyer


In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.

John Muir

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.

John Muir

I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.

John Muir



Hiking is just walking where the ground doesn’t cooperate

Outdoor Man TV series


Fall down seven times and stand up eight.

Japanese Proverb



Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking. You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits.

Cindy Ross


That’s my rock, you need to find your own!

Gill Savage

Carry as little as possible, but choose that little with care.

Earl Shaffer

May your time in nature lead you to yourself.


Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.

Gary Snyder

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

Dr Suess

You’re off to great place, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.

Dr Seuss

Devote six years to your work, but in the seventh, go into solitude or among strangers. So that your friends, by remembering what you were, do not prevent you from being what you have become.

Leo Szilard


You never climb the same mountain twice, not even in memory. Memory rebuilds the mountain, changes the weather, retells the jokes, remakes all the moves.

Lito Tejada-Flores

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.

Henry David Thoreau

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

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.

Henry David Thoreau

Not all who wander are lost.

J.R.R Tolkien

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.

Mark Twain




Oh, how can I put into words the joys of a walk over country such as this; the scenes that delight the eyes, the blessed peace of mind, the sheer exuberance which fills your soul as you tread the firm turf? This is something to be lived, not read about.

Alfred Wainwright




Australian Hiker Newsletter

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