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Women on High: Pioneers of Mountaineering

October 14 2003 at 10:44 AM
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Women on High: Pioneers of Mountaineering
The climbers (called "trampers" at that time) profiled in the book, Brown said, exemplify the women's desire to prove their "self-reliance, physical ability, ability to withstand hardship and physical discomfort, and risk-taking (ability)."
Thus, despite a society that aimed to stifle their independence, there were climbers such as Lucy Walker, who became the first woman to climb the Matterhorn, in 1871, just six years after four men were killed on their way down from the summit. And there was Meta Brevoort, one of the first American mountaineers to climb in the Alps; she was the first American woman to reach the Matterhorn summit.
And Peck, who did indeed go on to reach the summit of the Matterhorn in 1895 and would go on to scale numerous mountains that had never been climbed by women before. Earlier still, long before the Victorian era began, Maria Paradis became the first woman to scale Europe's highest peak, the legendary Mont Blanc in the French Alps, in 1808.

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