I came across this picture at a lodge I recently passed through. I always appreciate it when a ski town or some other mountain village acknowledges mountaineering either for its heritage or the spirit of adventure and exploration. It celebrates Fay Fuller. The captions say it all…
On top it reads, “Fay Fuller / First woman to summit Mt. Rainier / August 10th, 1890.” She did so at the age of 20.
Below the photo it quotes her: “I donned heavy flannels, woolen hose, warm mittens and goggles, blackened my face with charcoal to modify the sun’s glare, drove brads into my shoes, strapped two single blankets containing provisions for three days from the shoulder under the arm to the waist, …grasped my alpenstock and was resolved to climb until exhausted.”
After the quote it goes on to comment: “She refused any assistance in the climb and spent a steamy night in the summit crater. She suffered only sunburn in her ascent.”
Fuller was a first in several other ways as well. She was Tacoma, Washington’s first female journalist, where she wrote extensively about climbing in the region. She also helped established the Mazamas that helped create Mount Rainier National Park.
Fuller past away in 1958. Her legacy has lasted well beyond.
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