Some of my favourite inspirational outdoor quotes..

“Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.”  – Anatoli Boukreev

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing the lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain!”  – Jack Kerouac

“Going to the mountains is going home.” –John Muir

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

“Every Mountaintop is within reach if you just keep climbing.” – Barry Finlay

“The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.” – Vince Lombardi

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness & growth occurs while you are climbing it.” – Andy Rooney

“All good things are wild and free.” – Henry David Thoreau

“The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask.”  – Nancy Newhall

“Great things are done when men and mountains meet.”  – William Blake

Why Do I hike? How did I start?

I started hiking a few years ago by joining some meetup.com groups that arranged trips in the UAE and Oman. Back then there were only a handful of groups doing it. Now every other day I seem to find a new one.

What drove me to meetup.com was to find something  new to do. I was attracted by the outdoors but never knew where to start. I bought myself a Jeep Wrangler and started joining groups that went off to the desert and to abandoned villages in the mountains. What started off with simple driving and camping trips with strangers, made me find people and experiences that made fall in love with the mountains. I seemed to wanted to explore more and push myself even more.

Within months, I met people who targeted to climb up Kilimanjaro and I started to train hard and prepare myself for it. From there, my journey took off to climb higher mountains, improve my outdoor skills and aim for the seven summits.

But other than that, I loved the magnetic appeal of the mountains, the serenity amd the ability to get into and be in the moment while walking, what I later discovered to be meditation.

Are you into the outdoors? How did you start?