"After you have one pitch figured out, you work on another. Eventually you put together a complete series of pitches to make a collective, massive whole"
"The discovery of a mole-sized nubbin of rock and a barely visible hairline fracture had filled me with so much energy that I knew that I had seen a path forward for the next year. If the secret to happiness was the ability to find joy in small things that have been in front of you the entire time, then the Dawn Wall was truly the Zen-master teacher"
"Alex simply doesn't waste any energy worrying about things he can't control. Some might call this delusion, or false optimism. Some might go so far to call it reckless. Alex is the only person who I have climbed with who just calls it reality. We analysed the situations as we encountered them. Start at the beginning; see what happens. And, while we are at it we might as well have some fun"