IF: Climbing

Climbing is unadulterated hard labor. The only real pleasure is the satisfaction of going where no man has been before and where few can follow.

Annie Smith Peck (1850–1935),
U.S. mountain climber.
As quoted in WomenSports magazine, p. 15 (December 1977).

Said c. 1925 by the pioneering climber who, at seventy-five, was still scaling mountains. She conquered her last peak at age 82: the 5,363-foot Mt. Madison in New Hampshire.

Annie Smith Peck is an inspiration to all of us, to continue to climb and strive for goals that may seem unattainable at the time. This tree, the Tree of Knowledge represents that goal, the pursuit of learning, growing and understanding. With this, comes wisdom and understanding.