Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life

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Harcourt, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 383 pages
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A legendary trailblazer, Arlene Blum defied the climbing establishment of the 1970s by leading the first all-female teams on successful ascents of Mount McKinley and Annapurna and by being the first American woman to attempt Mount Everest. At the same time, her groundbreaking scientific work challenged gender stereotypes in the academic community and led to important legislation banning carcinogens in childrenís sleepwear. With candor and humor, Breaking Trail recounts Blumís journey from an overprotected childhood in Chicago to the tops of some of the highest peaks on earth, and to a life lived on her own terms. Now with an index, additional photos, and a new afterword, this book is a moving testament to the power of taking risks and pursuing dreams.

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User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

Made me want to climb a mountain Read full review

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User Review  - sendann - Goodreads

Man, this book details some very dark experiences of sexism, anti-semitism, guys being total dicks, women being complete bitches, parents and grandparents behaving infuriatingly, and lots of very shitty weather. Yet I kept on, and I am glad for it. Read full review

About the author (2007)

ARLENE BLUM has a doctorate in biophysical chemistry and has taught at Stanford, Wellesley College, and the University of California, Berkeley. Her bestselling book Annapurna: A Woman's Place was named one of the one hundred best adventure books of all time by National Geographic. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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