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Nothing can top a great read. Listed below is a pretty comprehensive list of books by or about women on the rock or in the mountains. Some have reviews, some don't. Check back for we'll be adding reviews and more books as we find them!

Adventurous Women: The Inspiring Lives of Nine Early Outdoorswomen
Dorcas S. Miller
Pruett Publishing Company; Boulder Colorado. 1999.

Quick bios and excerpts from some inspiring women. Annie Smith Peck is included.

Adventurous Women

Annapurna: A Woman's Place
Arlene Blum
Sierra Club Books; San Francisco. 1998.

Wonderful story of the first American ascent of the Himalayan peak Annapurna, which also happened to be the first women's ascent. The 20th Anniversary Edition is currently available, signed editions particularly at MW.

soft cover

Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life
Arlene Blum

This dramatic memoir follows Arlene Blum, a pioneering mountaineer and scientist, from her over-protected childhood in Chicago to the summits of some of the world's most challenging peaks.


Leading Out: Mountaineering Stories of Adventurous Women (2nd Edition)
Rachel da Silva
Seal Press, 1998.


Leading Out

Mountaineering Women - Stories by Early Climbers
Edited, with an Introduction by David Mazel
Texas A&M University Press. 1994.

Quick bios and excerpts from some inspiring women. Stories by Meta Bravoot, Mary Mummery, Fanny Bullock Workman, Annie Smith Peck, Mirium O'Brien, Gwen Moffat.

Mountaineering Women

Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills 7th edition
Edited by Don Graydon and Kurt Hanson
The Mounaineers; Seattle, Washington. 1960, 1967, 1974, 1982, 1992, 1997, 2003.

The end all, be all of climbing references. Known to many as the "Bible". This book has everything you could ever need to know. It's great for the beginner or the climber who has been at it for decades. New version (7th edition) now out!

Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills

The Climb of my Life: A Miraculous Journey from the Edge of Death to the Victory of a Lifetime
Laura Evans
HarperCollins; San Francisco. 1996

An inspiring tale by Laura Evans. We follow her from her initial bouts of cancer to the top of a mountain. The makings of Expedition Inspiration.

The Climb of my Life

Video: Free The Nose
Lynn Hill



A Woman's Guide to Climbing

Alpenbooks



"A Day In The Life, 5 Women Who Climb."

www.integrity7.com

Paul Dusatko's directing efforts in "A Day In The Life" focus on uncovering parallels: the parallels between overcoming the obstacles of climbing and overcoming the obstacles of real life. "A Day In The Life" beautifully explores the subject matter by entering the lives of 5 women climbers: Beth Rodden, Tiffany Campbell, Stephanie Forte, Roxanna Brock, and Brandi Mulligan. Each woman represents a different age, personality, and lifestyle. From the 40-hour office cubicles, to the 1,000-foot walls of Red Rocks, Nevada, the intimate details of each woman's strength becomes crystal clear. This vibrant mixture of femininity and raw determination combine in harmony to create a film that delivers hope, encouragement, and inspiration


A Woman's Reach: Mountaineering Memoirs
Nea Morin
New York. 1963.



Annapurna: A Woman's Place
Arlene Blum
Sierra Club Books; San Francisco. 1980

Wonderful story of the first American ascent of the Himalayan peak Annapurna, which also happened to be the first women's ascent. The 20th Anniversary Edition is currently available, signed editions particularly at MW.

hard cover

Beyond the Limits: A Woman's Triumph on Everest
Stacey Allison
Delta Trade. 1993.


Beyond the Limits

Climbing High: A Woman's Account of Surviving the Everest Tragedy
Lene Gammelgaard
Seal Press, 1999.



Facing the Extreme
Ruth Anne Kocour
St. Martin's Press, 1998.



Give Me the Hills
Mirium Underhill
Chatham Press, distribuated by Viking Press; ??. 19??.



High Infatuation
Steph Davis
Mountaineers Books (April 30, 2007)

A Climber's Guide to Love and Gravity "High Infatuation is partly a history of growing up in the climbing world, partly a book of adventure tales, but mostly an effort to figure out how things fit together. To me, climbing's always been about a lot more than just climbing."

High Infatuation

I'll Call you in Kathmandu: The Elizabeth Hawley Story
Bernadette McDonald
The Mountaineers Books

Elizabeth Hawley defied the conventions of her era: An American woman on her own in Nepal for more than four decades, celebrated as the unofficial chronicler of Himalayan expedition climbing.

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Leading Out: Women Climbers Reaching for the Top
Rachel da Silva
Seal Press, 1992.


Leading Out

Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills
Edited by Don Graydon and Kurt Hanson
The Mounaineers; Seattle, Washington. 1960, 1967, 1974, 1982, 1992, 1997, 2003.

The end all, be all of climbing references. Known to many as the "Bible". This book has everything you could ever need to know. It's great for the beginner or the climber who has been at it for decades. New version (7th edition) now out!

Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills

Off the Beaten Track: Women Adventurers and Mountaineers in Western Canada
Smith
Coyote Books



Red Rock Canyon: A Climbing Guide
Roxanna Brock, Jared McMillen
The Mounaineers; Seattle, Washington.

Guide book to red rocks, co-written by Roxanna Brock.

Red Rock Canyon

Regions of the Heart: The Triumph and Tragedy of Alison Hargreaves
David Rose and Ed Douglas
1999.



Tents in the Clouds: The First Women's Himalayan Expedition
Monica Jackson, Elizabeth Stark
London, 1956.



The Call of Everest: the First Ascent by an Indian Woman
DK Khullar
Vision Books of Print



The Magnificent Mountain Women; Adventures in the Colorado Rockies
Janet Robertson
University of Nebraska Press; Nebraska. 1991.



The Trad Guide to Joshua Tree - 60 Favorite Climbs
Charlie Winger, Diane Winger

www.JoshuaTreeTrad.com
The Trad* Guide to Joshua Tree was written especially for moderate climbers looking for fun routes. It contains detailed maps, directions, and photos for locating each of 60 favorite rock climbs, sun/shade info, descent instructions, and pro suggestions. There is a large, full-color photo of every route, plus other photos showing details of the approach for the more complex areas.


The Wind in My Hair
Brigitte Muir



To the Summit: A Woman's Journey into the Mountains to Find Her Soul
Margo Chisholm and Ray Bruce
Avon Books; New York. March 1997.


To the Summit

Woman on the Rocks
Valerie Medenhall Cohen
Spotte3d Dog Press, 2007

Edited by Valerie Mendenhall Cohen
Introduction by Royal Robbins
Woman on the Rocks: The Mountaineering Letters of Ruth Dyar Mendenhall

". . . A priceless collection of letters and accounts by one of the first women climbers in America." Lynn Hill

"A sparkling glimpse into the mid-twentieth-century American climbing world, by one of the first women climbers. Mendenhall's letters radiate wit, irreverence, and pride and irrepressible joy and are ably edited by a daughter who clearly inherited her mother's passion for words as well as mountains." Jenny Price

One of America's most important and first women mountain climbers, Ruth Dyar Mendenhall started climbing at the height of the Great Depression, when women were excluded from all-male climbing expeditions. The letters collected in this book document her fifty-year mountaineering career. Ruth and husband, John Mendenhall, made numerous first ascents in North America including some of the most classic in the Sierra Nevada: Mount Whitney, Third Needle (1939), Mount Sill, Swiss Arete (1938), Temple Crag, North Peak (1940), Mount Whitney, Southeast Buttress (1941), Lower Cathedral Spire, Yosemite (1948), Mount Williamson, North Face (1957).

Woman on the Rocks

Women Climbing: 200 Years of Achievement
Bill Birkett and Bill Peascod
Mountaineer Books, 1990.



Women on the Rope: The Feminine Share in Mountain Adventure
Cicely William
Pub, Taylor, & Francis





 
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