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GIVE ME THE HILLS Miriam Underhill 1971 2nd ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By Underhill, Miriam
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Connecticut, 1971, 2nd edition. 278 pp, b/w photos. Frontispiece photo of The Grandes Jorasses and the Mer de Glace. Hardcover with chipped dust jacket and former owner's RSM on FEP and bottom page edges as well as a gift inscription. Near Fine condition.

This edition reproduces the first thirteen chapters of the British edition with the addition of a final updated chapter and more than doubles the photographic illustrations which have been produced in a larger format giving a greater scope than before. 

The story of Miriam Underhill, who was a pioneer of "man-less" climbing when she led a group of women in 1932 without benefit of male guides. This was pretty advanced for that time period and during her life time she broke a lot of new ground. This is her story of her passion for climbing.

Her husband, Robert Underhill, was influential in introducing modern methods of roped and belayed climbing, both in New England to the AMC and to California Sierra Club climbers in the 1930s.

'In this book Mrs Underhill distills a lifetime of mountain climbing. She is one of the best woman climbers of today, both in the actual quality and difficulty of some of her climbs and in the range of her mountain experience. She describes her first climbs on the hills of New England; climbs in Switzerland on ice, snow and rock; climbs in the Dolomites and on the Chamonix Auguilles, many of them done for the first time by a woman and several of them new ascents, such as the first ascent of the Aiguille du Roc and the first traverse of the Aiguilles du Diable; climbs on skis,.....and finally, manless climbs.  Mrs Underhill was one of the pioneers of manless climbing and took part in the first ascent by an all-women party of the Matterhorn and the Grepon.'

Underhill was one of the female pioneers of skiing. The author began skiing in the 1920's while at Bryn Mawr College. There was little distinction then between Nordic and alpine skiing. Mrs. Underhill startled the mountaineering fraternity by daring to climb without benefit of male guides and climbed in the Alps, the Dolomites, the Rockies and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Many vintage photographs taken by the author show the terrain and the clothing of the times. Originally published in a shorter format in 1956 by Methuen & Co., Ltd. of London. This is an expanded version and the first American edition. [Neate: 850].

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