On Top of the World: Five Women Explorers in Tibet

On Top of the World: Five Women Explorers in Tibet

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by Luree Miller
     
 

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In the late 1800s, when women were bound by cumbersome clothing and strict Victorian scruples, a small band of astonishing women explorers burst forth to claim the adventurous life. Plowing their way up the Himalaya and Karakoram or trekking for months through tropical lowlands, these five women (three British, one American, and one French) conducted an

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In the late 1800s, when women were bound by cumbersome clothing and strict Victorian scruples, a small band of astonishing women explorers burst forth to claim the adventurous life. Plowing their way up the Himalaya and Karakoram or trekking for months through tropical lowlands, these five women (three British, one American, and one French) conducted an unprecedented exploration of Tibet: Nina Mazuchelli, the first Western woman to see Everest, organized a small expedition from Darjeeling to explore the Eastern Himalaya. Isabella Bird Bishop, bedridden while at home, was always robust on her far-flung, international adventures and wrote nine books chronicling her travels, which brought her to Hawaii, the Rocky Mountains, and across Asia and into Tibet. Alexandra David-Neel at 56 trekked for eight months and more than 2,000 miles from China to Lhasa disguised as a Tibetan beggar. Fanny Bullock Workman, an avowed suffragist, climbed to 21,000 feet in the Karakorum in 1899 and posed with a newspaper whose banner proclaimed, 'Votes for Women.' Annie Taylor was a Christian missionary who traveled in Tibetan garb to bring the word of God to the forbidden land of Tibet.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898860979
Publisher:
Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date:
08/28/2014
Series:
Legends & Lore
Pages:
210
Sales rank:
961,407
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

Meet the Author

The late Luree Miller was a writer, scholar, and world traveler whose endeavors ranged from driving huge freight trucks through the unpaved roads of the Alaskan wilderness, to co-founding the International School in Bombay. She passed away on July 6, 1996, at the age of 70.

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On Top of the World: Five Women Explorers in Tibet 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
fathom More than 1 year ago
The stories of these early women explorers were truly amazing. They were all years and years ahead of their time. And they all were rich because that was the only way that anyone, let alone a woman, would have been able to have these great adventures. Highly recommend this book, it was inspiring and also made me realize that it is in the nature of many human beings to want to expand their horizons. Made me want to get up and go!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She walked in gradually wearing a River Island Lace Skater Dress with a thin brown belt and white flats. Her hair was still cyan at the roots, royal blue in the middle and black at the ends.