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Annapurna: A Woman's Place

Arlene Blum

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ISBN 10: 0871562367 / ISBN 13: 9780871562364
Published by Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, 1980
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Inscribed by author on half title: "To Pam, Success with your own 'Annapurnas,' Arlene Blum Feb 1981" Subtitled: "The Dramatic Story of the First Women's Ascent of One of the World's Highest Peaks." Jacket chipped, with several tears up to one inch on top edge, foxed on the interior, and yellowing/stained along top edge. Book appears to be largely unread (except by seller): very interesting. Good maps and photographs help the reader follow the story. Foreword by Maurice Herzog. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000999

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Title: Annapurna: A Woman's Place

Publisher: Sierra Club Books, San Francisco

Publication Date: 1980

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Good +

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First?.

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Chronicles the success--two made it to the top--and the tragedy--two died--of an expedition to the summit of Annapurna I, one of the world's fifteen tallest peaks, by thirteen American women


In 1978, 13 women set out to climb Annapurna I in the Nepal Himalaya, achieving the first ascent of the world's 10th highest mountain by an American and by a woman. By proving that women had the skill, strength, and courage necessary to make this difficult and dangerous climb, the 1978 Women's Himalayan Expedition's accomplishment had a positive impact around the world, changing perceptions about women's abilities in sports and other arenas. Twenty years later, Arlene Blum has republished her account, offering her story to a new generation. Blum writes in the introduction,

Annapurna has become for me a metaphor for difficult and important goals. Striving to achieve such objectives draws on all of our abilities and brings out the best in us. There are still many 'Annapurnas' to be climbed in the world--such as protecting our natural environment; decreasing the gap between rich and poor; providing basic necessities for everyone on this planet; and raising our children to live with love and good values.
Impressive black-and-white photos record the women's journey from Katmandu to the summit and back again. This book documents the personal triumphs and tragedies of these women with insights that only a firsthand account can offer. --Kathryn True

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