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BREAKING TRAIL: A CLIMBING LIFE Arlene Blum 2005 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By Blum, Arlene
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New York, 2005, 1st edition. 313 pp, many b/w photos. Hardcover with dust jacket. Fine. Remainder mark on bottom edge.

A biography of Arlene Blum, most remembered for leading the all female 1978 Annapurna expedition. She was also co-leader of the Denali Damsels, an all female ascent of Denali in 1970. The Annapurna climb was also noted for selling a ton of T-Shirts that had the motto, "A Woman's Place is on Top.''

Blum’s memoir covers her early life and traces her evolution as a climber. She led the first teams of women to climb both McKinley and Annapurna, and was the first American woman to attempt Everest. She was also a successful chemist.  

 Her expeditions included Adams (1964), Hood, Popocatepetl (1965), Yanapaccha Norte, Nevado Pisco, Chopiqualqui (1967), Waddington (1969), Denali (1970), Africa (1971), Iran, Kashmir, Noshaq (1972), Peak Lenin (1974), Trisul (1975), Everest (1976), Annapurna (1978), Bhrigupanth (1980), and the Himalayan Traverse (1981-82).

She received an honorable Mention 2005 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography, Finalist 2005 Banff Mountain Book Festival Best Book Mountain Literature, and shortlisted for 2006 Boardman-Tasker Award for Mountaineering Literature.

'This splendid book is much more than just a 'climbing life.' Arlene Blum has the courage -- and the literary skill -- to aim for new heights. Few such autobiographies have mentioned the fragile relationships that exist among high-level mountaineers, including the sexual conflicts that arise when young women and men get together in the wild. On yet another level, Blum delves into her early life to try to discover what led her to become a first-rate scientist and a pathbreaking mountaineer.'  -- Steve Roper, author of Camp 4: Recollections of a Yosemite Rockclimber and other climbing books.

'Breaking Trail is an inspiring and affecting story of struggle and triumph. It is fluent and highly readable and keeps you turning the pages until the very end.'-- Peter Gillman, co-author of The Wildest Dream: The Biography of George Mallory.


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