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Posted February 24, 2014
High-Altitude Woman, Jan Reynolds, Inner Traditions, 2013, $19.95
Jan Reynolds is a pioneering woman who set world records in skiing at high altitudes and mountaineering. A very athletic “farm girl,” she saw herself as just one of the guys — at a time when being the sole female in the company of men was unique. Eight chapters, eight stories, recount in detail her amazing adventures and journeys through brutally cold, snowy, high-altitude conditions during the 1980s. Reynolds took it all in stride. Interspersed with the nuts and bolts of daily life on the mountains are her perceptions and observations of gender behavior, as well as the cultures she interacted with around the world. There are several pages of gorgeous color pictures she took on her adventures. The book appeals to a broad range — adventure enthusiasts, anthropologists, gender studies students, writers, photographers — anyone who wants to experience heart-pounding adventure.
— Alice R. Berntson, New Connexion Journal