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A SEARCH FOR THE APEX OF AMERICA INCLUDING THE CONQUEST OF HUASCARAN: HIGH MOUNTAIN CLIMBING IN PERU AND BOLIVIA INCLUDING THE CONQUEST OF HUASCARAN. Annie Peck 1911 1st ed Hardcover Fine
By Peck, Annie
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New York, 1911, 1st USA edition. 370 pp, many photos, fold-out map. Original gray cloth with gold and white pictorial cover design, gold spine lettering all bright. An account of climbing in the Andes, including the first ascent of Huascaran, by the author Annie Smith Peck (1853-1935), who was also a founding member of the A.A.C. This copy is in Fine condition with minimal edge wear. 
 
At the age of forty-four she took up the then unheard-of for a woman pursuit of mountain climbing. After several attempts, she became only the third woman ever to scale the Matterhorn in the Swiss alps, and the first to make the climb in trousers rather than a cumbersome skirt. She continued climbing peaks throughout the world, achieving her greatest triumph with her record-breaking ascent of the north peak of Peru's 22,205-foot Mount Huascaran in 1908 at the age of fifty-eight! It had taken her nearly a decade, and no fewer than six attempts, to reach this goal.
 
At the time, the exact height of Huascaran and others of the world's highest peaks was not fixed, and she believed she had climbed the highest summit in the Americas -- but nevertheless, she was the first person ever to scale its heights, man or woman. In addition to the rigors of the climb she had to cope with the ridicule of many male mountaineers, limited funding, and equipment which, since it was designed for men, was often ungainly and ill-fitting. For her ascent of Huascaran, she designed her own mountain shoes and had them made to her order.
 
A strong supporter of women's suffrage, she next climbed Peru's Mount Coropuna (21,083 feet) in 1909 and planted a 'votes for women' pennant on its summit. She continued traveling and mountain-climbing around the world almost until the end of her life; her last ascent was of New Hampshire's Mount Madison -- a mere 5,636 feet -- at the age of eighty two!
 

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