Quotes by Ann Bancroft

Running is my bedrock activity.
- Ann Bancroft
I'm sort of a strange bird.
- Ann Bancroft
My first expedition was at about the age of eight.
- Ann Bancroft
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I'm lucky I had some teachers who saw something in me.
- Ann Bancroft
Everyone in my family is a risk taker in his or her own way.
- Ann Bancroft
The voices of women need to be heard. The volume needs to be turned up.
- Ann Bancroft
Getting through high school and college was one of my greatest achievements.
- Ann Bancroft
I do not think about being beautiful. What I devote most of my time to is being healthy.
- Ann Bancroft
To push behind the dog sled and run in front of the dog sled. That was always an interesting job.
- Ann Bancroft
Growing up in a rural setting in Minnesota, I was raised with the outdoors and a sense of adventure.
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I give a tremendous amount of weight to the mental aspect of physical activity and what it does for me.
- Ann Bancroft
The best way to get most husbands to do something is to suggest that perhaps they're too old to do it.
- Ann Bancroft
I think we all strive to push ourselves, to overcome our struggles. And when we do, we get to know ourselves better.
- Ann Bancroft
I have a whole, you know, pocket full of dreams I want to achieve. I don't know in which order they're going to fall.
- Ann Bancroft
Skydiving is something I've never done! And I am very excited to take the leap with a community of like-minded courageous women.
- Ann Bancroft
My brother Bill, who is a year older, is a climber, and when I was in the seventh grade, he taught me how to rappel off the frozen waterfall in our backyard.
- Ann Bancroft
This journey is not over. Our education initiatives have so much momentum, and we're committed to sharing even more stories from the Arctic when we return.
- Ann Bancroft
I had no doubts I could go to the pole. I may not be as strong, but I make up for physical strength in other areas, like steadiness and not panicking under stress.
- Ann Bancroft
I love that place where you get in running where you're just never out of breath and you just feel like you could go forever. I love that. I love feeling strong.
- Ann Bancroft
I wanted to be a teacher, but I was a lousy student, one of the slowest readers. It was a tremendous struggle. But I'm lucky I had some teachers who saw something in me.
- Ann Bancroft
I get stubborn and dig in when people tell me I can't do something and I think I can. It goes back to my childhood when I had problems in school because I have a learning disability.
- Ann Bancroft
I love weights, but it's too far to get to the gym. So I make the farm my gym: I split wood and haul tires and do work on the farm, and that's sort of my weight training portion.
- Ann Bancroft
Water links us all as human beings. Everyone needs water, and we all have challenges about it, no matter where we live. Yet even in the U.S., people aren't aware of problems facing water.
- Ann Bancroft
I think that women on expeditions often get sucked into giving 150 percent of themselves because they feel they have to prove themselves physically equal to men. We get ourselves into trouble and burn out.
- Ann Bancroft
I have an opportunity now with some of the projects I've done, i.e. the North Pole and the South Pole, to speak to a larger audience and talk about things that have nothing to do with physical education or special ed.
- Ann Bancroft
A life lesson for me is, how do you muster the courage to take on a new risk? Whether it's starting up a business or taking on a new project or expedition. I think the risks that we take are all relative to the risk-taker.
- Ann Bancroft
Film critics said I gave a voice to the fear we all have: that we'll reach a certain point in our lives, look around and realize that all the things we said we'd do and become will never come to be - and that we're ordinary.
- Ann Bancroft
For me, exploration is about that journey to the interior, into your own heart. I'm always wondering, how will I act at my moment of truth? Will I rise up and do what's right, even if every fiber of my being is telling me otherwise?
- Ann Bancroft
For me, the greatest obstacles are never on the ice itself. That's the area I excel in. That's where my passion is. I think we all strive to push ourselves, to overcome our struggles. And when we do, we get to know ourselves better.
- Ann Bancroft
And then there's also this element of - some people would describe it as spirits or a presence that appears when things are very difficult, physically and emotionally. You know, when you're really putting out. So the third man aura is sort of an appearance. It's the yeti.
- Ann Bancroft

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