Annapurna, a Woman's Place

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Sierra Club Books, 1998 - Sports & Recreation - 247 pages
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In August 1978, thirteen women left San Francisco for the Nepal Himalaya to make history as the first Americans?and the first women?to scale the treacherous slopes of Annapurna I, the world's tenth highest peak. Expedition leader Arlene Blum here tells their dramatic story: the logistical problems, storms, and hazardous ice climbing; the conflicts and reconciliations within the team; the terror of avalanches that threatened to sweep away camps and climbers.
On October 15, two women and two Sherpas at last stood on the summit?but the celebration was cut short, for two days later, the two women of the second summit team fell to their deaths.
Never before has such an account of mountaineering triumph and tragedy been told from a woman's point of view. By proving that women had the skill, strength, and courage necessary to make this difficult and dangerous climb, the 1978 Women's Himalayan Expedition's accomplishment had a positive impact around the world, changing perceptions about women's abilities in sports and other arenas. And Annapurna: A Woman's Place has become an acknowledged classic in the annals of women's achievements?a story of challenge and commitment told with passion, humor, and unflinching honesty.

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Very inspiring story, but other than the fact that they were women, it wasn't a spectacular feat. It is interesting enough to keep the pages turning, but it's really not as epic of an accomplishment as many other books about mountaineering.

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Any extreme climbing book invites the inevitable comparison to Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. While Blum writes in a less dramatic and emotional style, she does faithfully chronicle the facts, trials ... Read full review

Contents

BEGINNINGS
3
THE TREK
35
A THE FRENCH PASS
52
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About the author (1998)

Arlene Blum is a keynote speaker, leadership and intercultural trainer, mountaineer, biochemist, and author of the bestselling book "Annapurna: A Woman's Place". Blum has a doctorate in biophysical chemistry and has taught at Stanford University, Wellesley College, and the University of California, Berkeley. She lives with her teenage daughter in Berkeley, California.

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