Conrad Anker

“Enlightenment isn’t found with a full stomach, or on a soft pillow.”

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“The summit is what drives us, but the climb itself is what matters.”

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“I think, as a young guy, I was always drawn to being in wild places. Climbing was a logical extension of that.”

conrad anker ice climbing

“Mountains are freedom. Treat them respectfully.”

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“It’s more of an adventure when you set off into unknown territory, and there’s nothing like that feeling you get when you discover a place on the Earth where no one has ever been.”

Conrad Anker climbing gear

“The mountains are a demanding, cold place, and they don’t allow for mistakes.”

conrad anker climbing a mountain

“Perhaps you could say that mountaineers are driven by ego or our competitiveness, but there’s a lot more to it than that. Whether it’s a huge face in the Himalaya or some crag in the woods behind your house, exploration offers us a unique perspective on the world that you can’t really find anywhere else.”

conrad anker quotes

“Climbing, as my grandmother said, it’s a pretty frivolous thing. She always wondered when I was going to get a real job. But climbing is a real job for me now, and I enjoy it. It’s a gift that I’m able to do it, share adventure and motivation with people.”

conrad anker hanging in a tent side of mountain

“Meru is the culmination of all I’ve done and all I’ve wanted to do.”

conrad anker being silly
kullen coble rock climbing kauai hawaii
4 years old on the island of Kauai…..I’ve had lots of interest come and go but I’ve never stopped climbing. rocks. trees, fences, buildings, no matter what it is I have to climb it.
kullen coble climbing a coconut tree kauai