45+ Funny Mountain Quotes for Peak Laughter

Mountains are magnificent elevated portions of the Earth’s crust. Whether hiking or seeing one, get a good laugh with funny mountain quotes.

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Mountains are beautiful, essential, and majestic. They form when the plates of Earth’s crust crash into each other.

The highest mountain above sea level is Mount Everest, at 29,029 feet. But the highest one from base to peak is Mauna Kea, at 33,500 feet.

Aside from being spectacular, mountains are essential for water, food, and biodiversity.

They also provide many activities and stories. If you’re ready to laugh, read the following mountain quotes.

Hilarious mountain quotes

1. “Mountains aren’t funny, they’re hill-areas.” -Unknown

2. “Life’s a bit like mountaineering – never look down.” -Edmund Hillary

3. “When I was 23, I climbed this mountain in Alaska called Devil’s Thumb alone. It was incredibly dangerous, and I did it because I thought that if I did something that hard and pulled it off, my life was gonna be transformed. And of course, nothing happened. But I get the search for purpose.” -Jon Krakauer

4. “As a mountain walker, one of the most frustrating mistakes one can make in bad weather is taking the wrong route down.” -Dominic Grieve

5. “When people start to annoy you, forget them. Just head to the mountains.” -Unknown

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6. “I’ve realized that at the top of the mountain, there’s another mountain.” -Andrew Garfield

7. “When preparing to climb a mountain – pack a light heart.” -Dan May

8. “It’s a heavy burden to look up at the mountain and want to start the climb.” -Abby Wambach

9. “If I see a mountain, I just pick up and hike it.” -Aurora Aksnes

10. “You don’t climb mountains without a team, you don’t climb mountains without being fit, you don’t climb mountains without being prepared and you don’t climb mountains without balancing the risks and rewards. And you never climb a mountain on accident – it has to be intentional.” -Mark Udall

11. “We’d go to the crappiest mountain because they had the cheapest lift tickets.” -Red Gerard

12. “Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.” -Hermann Buhl

13. “Mountains are like the great equalizer. It doesn’t matter who anyone is or what they do.” -Jimmy Chin

14. “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddam mountain.” -Jack Kerouac

15. “A little more altitude, a little less attitude.” -Unknown

16. “Life sucks a lot less when you add mountain air, a campfire, and some peace and quiet.” -Brooke Hampton

17. “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.” -John Muir

18. “Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.” -Dag Hammarskjold

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19. “I won’t ski in the backcountry the day after a big storm anymore. The mountains are so humbling. As soon as you think you’re on top or crushing it, that’s when you need to be really careful.” -Jimmy Chin

20. “Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” -John Lubbock

21. “You can’t conquer a mountain, though it may conquer you.” -Jimmy Chin

22. “The mountains are calling and I must go.” -John Muir

23. “You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.” -Stanislaw Lem

24. “In the mountains, there are only two grades: You can either do it, or you can’t.” -Rusty Baillie

25. “In the mountains, you are sometimes invited, sometimes tolerated, and sometimes told to go home.” -Fred Beckey

26. “When life gives you mountains, put on your boots and hike.” -Unknown

27. “You need mountains, long staircases don’t make good hikers.” -Amit Kalantri

28. “You don’t need to climb a mountain to know that it’s high.” -Paul Coelho

29. “He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

30. “It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” -Robert W. Service

31. “Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.” -Ed Viesturs

32. “You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way.” -Dr. Seuss

33. “I like being near the top of a mountain. One can’t get lost here.” -Wislawa Szymborska

34. “Mountains teach that not everything in this world can be rationally explained.” -Unknown

35. “Each fresh peak ascended teaches something.” -Martin Conway

36. “What are men to rocks and mountains?” -Jane Austen

37. “No single mountain ever came to me… so I always go to them.” -Eric Tanghe

38. “The mountains were there and so was I.” -Maurice Herzog

39. “Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.” -Jeffrey Rasley

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40. “Mountains terrify me – they just sit about; they are so proud.” -Sylvia Plath

41. “No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied – it speaks in silence to the very core of your being.” -Ansel Adams

“The higher you climb on the mountain, the harder the wind blows.” -Sam Cummings

43. “Mountains make me believe that nothing can be bigger than nature, not even human ego.” -Jay Kumar Singh

44. “The sea tells you everything will be fine. The mountains tell you it doesn’t matter anyway.” -Adeel Ahmed Khan

45. “Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” -David McCullough, Jr.

46. “Stop staring at mountains. Climb them instead. Yes, it’s a harder process, but it will lead you to a better view.” -Unknown

47. “Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” -Greg Child

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