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Quote of the day:

“But ultimately, when I ask myself, Why? ... Why do I go? Why do I do this?... I just smile... for in spite of a little physical arduousness, a little psychological rigor, and all associated risks and attendant perils, the emotional, aesthetic and spiritual rewards far outweigh any pains to get there. Exhilarating freedom and sheer ecstasy, ineffable beauty and romantic enchantment, awesome sublimity and aesthetic humility are just some feelings and experiences which come to mind. And it is for these very feelings that I go; it is for these very experiences that I do this. I am smiling now for I am going on another pilgrimage. I am going home...”
-- Memoirs of a fallen mountaineer

Joke of the day:

Two mothers were bragging about their sons. The first said, "My son is such a saint. He studied hard, got himself a degree, doesn't smoke, and he hasn't so much as looked at a woman in over two years." The climber's mother responds, "My son is also quite a saint. He studied hard, became a climber and not only hasn't he not looked at a woman in more than three years, but he hasn't touched any liquor in all that time." "My word," said the first mother. "You must be so proud." "I am," said the climber's mother. "And, when he gets out of jail, I'm going to throw him a huge party."