Four Climbing Quotes from Chris Sharma

Climbing Master Chris Sharma on the Journey of Climbing

Chris Sharma wears prAna clothes while bouldering at Hampi, India. Photograph courtesy prAna

Chris Sharma, born in 1981 in Santa Cruz, California, has long been considered one of the best if not the best rock climber in the world. Chris began climbing in his local gym at age 12. He also started competing and at age 14 Chris won a national bouldering comp, his first major win. The following year at age 15, he redpointed Necessary Evil (5.14c) in the Virgin River Gorge in Arizona. It was the hardest route in North America and one of the hardest in the world.

Chris Sharma Established World’s Hardest Routes

Since then Chris Sharma has continued to push his personal limits as well as the boundaries of climbing difficulties with numerous ascents around the world. These include Biographie (AKA Realization), the first 5.15a route in the world, at the limestone cliff of Ceuse in southern France in July, 2001 and  250-foot-long Jumbo Love, the first 5.15b in the world, at Clark Mountain in southern California in September, 2008. Then in March, 2013, Chris became the second climber to crank a 5.15c route when he climbed La Dura Dura in Spain, which is the hardest route in the world in 2013. It was first climbed by Czech Adam Ondra. In 2007, Chris moved to Spain to climb lots of hard sport climbing routes as well as establish new ones on its numerous limestone cliffs.

Use Climbing as Meditation and Spiritual Practice

Chris Sharma uses rock climbing as a way of being centered and as a way of being out in the world and in nature. He uses climbing almost as a spiritual practice by letting the act of climbing connect him to the world and through climbing becoming part of the rock and by extension part of the greater cosmos. Climbing is also a powerful way of being present in the here and now, focusing only on this moment and this movement in the vertical plane.

Four Climbing Quotes from Chris Sharma

Here are various quotes about rock climbing from Chris Sharma:

"The strongest climbers aren’t always the happiest or nicest to be around; neither are some of them coming from the purest motivation. Climbing another V17 is not going to save the world! This activity of 'rock climbing' is merely one of many ways to exist, pass the time, and evolve and grow from one moment to the next. That’s all."

“We search out the most perfect pieces of rock. It’s so amazing that these formations are so perfect for climbing on. It’s almost as if they were created for climbing. You’re taking these random rock formations and you’re bringing to it this interaction. It transforms it from being this random rock into almost this piece of art. It’s almost like a sculpture or something. Just by finding the handholds, finding that line up the rock. Every climb is different, has its own unique set of movements and body positions. Climbing and my appreciation for nature are totally intertwined.” Origin.

“Climbing is my lifelong journey. And in the same way you go running and you have days where you really feel in tune, you have some days where you don’t feel that good. It’s this never-ending process. Accepting that and enjoying that for what it is, that’s really where the life of climbing is.” Outside On-Line

“Climbing is this long term, lifelong journey. It’s really important to just take your time with it and keep it fun. I’ve seen a lot of people burn out because it starts becoming this job for them. It stops being fun. For me, it’s been really important to keep it enjoyable. Listen to your motivation.” Origin.