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GIVE ME THE HILLS Miriam Underhill 1956 1st ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By Underhill, Miriam
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London, Methuen, 1956. 1st edition. 252 pp, b/w and color photos. Frontispiece color photo of The Grandes Jorasses and the Mer de Glace. Hardcover with dust jacket. Jacket has slight shelf wear. Near Fine condition.

The story of Miriam Underhill, who was a pioneer of "manless" 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.

'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.'

'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 Aiguilles, 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, including the first ski traverse of Monte Rosa from Gressoney to Zermatt; 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. Of exceptional interest to British readers is the section on explorations and first ascents in the Rockies of Idaho and Montana, those great trackless regions of forest and mountain where often the most difficult problem was reaching the base of the peaks by pack-train or on foot, and where the hazards might in-elude grizzly bears. All Mrs Underhill's climbs were undertaken for fun. The result is a book written in a frank, friendly style showing her lively reactions to the scene, to the events, and to her companions, and with none of the dry technicalities or laboured impersonality of some recent climbing narratives.

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