Leading Out: Women Climbers Reaching for the Top

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Edited by climber and freelance journalist Da Silva, this anthology combines historical biographies of the earliest women climbers and mountaineers--who wore skirts rigged with cord threaded through rings so that they could raise their hems all around with one tug--with first-person essays by women climbers of today. The former accounts are somewhat dry, but provide information necessary for understanding the present-day climbers, many of whom simply burst with enthusiasm for this harrowing sport even as they touch on the mountaineering deaths of close friends. The themes are specific, yet always universal: a 16-year-old climbing with two boys feels her first twinges of sexual desire; a Tibetan woman's participation in a climb up Mount Everest helps her to escape traditional female roles; a mother-to-be climbs through her seventh month of pregnancy and looks forward to the day when her daughter's abilities will surpass her own. One burning question, however, is left unanswered: What draws people to such a dangerous sport? The closest this volume comes to an explanation is one woman's report that after her first climbing attempt she ``felt stronger emotions than fear--desire, focus and energy--and I wanted to feel them more, soon.'' Photos not seen by PW. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781878067203
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/8/1993
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Following Her Lead: Foremothers
Manless Climbing 3
Explorations 13
First Professional Season 27
Phyllis Munday: Grand Dame of the Coast Mountains 40
On the Heights 53
A Brief History of Women Climbing in the Coast and Cascade Ranges 68
Meeting the Challenge: Climbs and Expeditions
April Fools on Polar Circus 109
Everest: My Journey to the Top 112
Passport to Insanity 139
Out and About in Baltistan 147
Mountain Storms 160
A Late Night on a High Wall 172
Reflections on My First Expedition 178
Saint Exupery 188
Risky Business 195
The American Team 201
A Women's Winter Walk Across the Presidentials 218
The Rope Between Us: Beyond the Climb
Queen of All She Surveys 233
It's the Dance That Counts 250
Fear of Falling 257
Latin American Women Climbers Today 266
Meet Miss Dish 280
Climbing With Kids 287
One of the Boys 293
Airborne on Homemade Wings 301
Keep the Pigs Off the Peaks? 320
On Motherhood 334
Glossary 341
Grading Systems for Rating Climbs 347
Resources 349
Contributors 353
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