Thanks for the emails and comments on my earlier post on women mountaineers like Wanda Rutkiewicz, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and Arlene Blum. Well, after writing and posting it, I remembered this article in the 2005 American Alpine Journal “Going Manless,” by Molly Loomis (pp. 98-115).
It’s a great piece. In it, Loomis covers why all-women ascents are significant, how the perception and expectation of what women can accomplish has changed over the decades, and the significance of role models — particularly in mountaineering, rather than just rock climbing. It’s interesting, but I think absolutely correct, why women in mountaineering don’t stand out in the media and public eye except in close circles of climbing aficionados.
It’s worth checking out and you might be surprised. Though from my experience, we shouldn’t be.