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The Accidental Adventurer: Memoir of the First Woman to Climb Mount McKinley

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Barbara Washburn was the first woman to climb Alaska's Mount McKinley, at 20,320 feet the highest peak in North America. The ascent in 1947 was but a single feat of a woman who, by ordinary standards, has lived several lifetimes' worth of adventure. THE ACCIDENTAL ADVENTURER chronicles the life journey of a Massachusetts girl through college to a job at Harvard; her romance with a handsome, irrepressible young scientist and explorer named Bradford Washburn; and her emergence as an Alaskan mountaineering pioneer. Soon after she and Brad Washburn exchanged vows, she found herself a member of a climbing team led by her husband making an ascent of Alaska's Mount Bertha. A first ascent of Mount Hayes followed. Then came her historic climb of Mount McKinley (Danali). The decades that followed brought adventure in many forms as she raised three children, helped map the Grand Canyon, became an award-winning teacher, and traveled the world. In an era when a woman's place was in the home, she climbed - literally - beyond the limitations of her gender, becoming a role model for successive generations of young women who learned anything is possible.
Barbara Washburn never set out to become a mountaineering pioneer, but she wasn't content to be a stay-at-home wife, either. In 1947, defying social convention, Washburn became the first woman to climb Alaska's Mt. McKinley. She accompanied her husband, Bradford Washburn, on other expeditions to Alaska, the Grand Canyon, and Mt. Everest, while raising three children at their home near Boston.

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The memoir of Barbara Washburn, wife of mountaineer Bradford Washburn, and the first woman to climb Mt. McKinley

Synopsis:

Barbara Washburn never set out to become a mountaineering pioneer, but she wasn't content to be a stay-at-home wife, either. In 1947, defying social convention, Washburn became the first woman to climb Alaska's Mt. McKinley. She accompanied her husband, Bradford Washburn, on other expeditions to Alaska, the Grand Canyon, and Mt. Everest, while raising three children at their home near Boston.

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Barbara Washburn never set out to become a mountaineering pioneer, but in 1947, defying social conventions, she became the first woman to climb Alaska's Mount McKinley.

About the Author

Barbara Washburn was born in 1914. A graduate of Smith College, she married mountaineer-explorer-mapmaker Bradford Washburn in 1940. Six years later, climbing with her husband, she became the first woman to reach the summit of 20,320-foot Mount McKinley, North America's highest peak. The mother of three, she also became one of the nation's earliest remedial reading teachers, and received awards in several fields of endeavour.

Lew Freedman has written more than a dozen books about Alaska. A former sports editor at the Anchorage Daily News, Freedman is now outdoors-adventure writer for the Chicago Tribune.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780945397915
With:
Freedman, Lew
Author:
Freedman, Lew
With:
Freedman, Lew
Author:
Washburn, Barbara
Author:
Freedman, Lew
Publisher:
Epicenter Press (WA)
Location:
Kenmore, WA
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers
Subject:
Mountaineering
Subject:
Mountaineers
Subject:
Women mountaineers
Subject:
Women adventurers.
Subject:
McKinley, Mount
Subject:
Biography/Memoir
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers - United States
Subject:
Mountaineers -- United States.
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
02110
Publication Date:
20010331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.98x5.98x.51 in. .65 lbs.

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The memoir of Barbara Washburn, wife of mountaineer Bradford Washburn, and the first woman to climb Mt. McKinley
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Barbara Washburn never set out to become a mountaineering pioneer, but she wasn't content to be a stay-at-home wife, either. In 1947, defying social convention, Washburn became the first woman to climb Alaska's Mt. McKinley. She accompanied her husband, Bradford Washburn, on other expeditions to Alaska, the Grand Canyon, and Mt. Everest, while raising three children at their home near Boston.

"Synopsis" by , Barbara Washburn never set out to become a mountaineering pioneer, but in 1947, defying social conventions, she became the first woman to climb Alaska's Mount McKinley.
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