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November 1, 2002

Exploring Women Mountaineering Pioneers with Rebecca Brown '83

Rebecca A. Brown '83, a freelance journalist whose writing focuses on outdoor and environmental issues, will discuss her book Women on High: Pioneers of Mountaineering on Saturday, November 2, at 3 pm, at the Odyssey Bookshop. The event is cosponsored by the Center for Environmental Literacy and the Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Association.

Mountaineering's early days found male climbers garnering praise and admiration for daring summit ascents while women were relegated to the role of observers. But not all women were satisfied with the view from the valley—many yearned for the thrill of gazing down on the world from the peaks of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, and Mount Washington. In her book, Brown chronicles the lives and achievements of women who not only followed in the footsteps of their male counterparts, but often surpassed them. Brown explores the motivations that led women such as Annie Smith Peck, Lucy Walker, and Meta Brevoort to ignore convention, criticism, and censure to become accomplished, respected outdoorswomen whose mountaineering feats are as extraordinary today as they were at the turn of the century. Women on High will thrill armchair adventurers with tales of dangerous summit attempts, blinding whiteouts, and narrow escapes; transfix mountain historians with details of first ascents, period gear, and firsthand accounts; and captivate anyone who loves a good story about the mountains.

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