Mountaineering: A Woman's Guide (Ragged Mountain Press Woman's Guides)

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The exciting story of Andrea Gabbard's climb up Mount Rainier with her two companions becomes a full course in alpine mountaineering for women.

Gabbard delves into the hows and whys of high-altitude climbing, covering training ... outfitting requirements ... safety ... equipment needs ... techniques ... and more. She then takes the reader along as she and her fellow climbers plan the trip, choose their route -- and conquer the mountain.

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"A must-read for any woman who is considering mountaineering, who is

drawn to the process and transformative experience of climbing to high

and distant places. This book answers the most important questions to

prepare you for your first mountaineering experience, including

information on equipment, training, and, most importantly, why you

should climb and what you can expect, as told through the eyes of two

women, first-time mountaineers struggling to summit the mighty Mount

Rainier." Barbara Harris, Editor-in-Chief, Shape magazine. The best

guide for women in high places! Mountaineering is the peak experience.

And women have been climbing mountains for over a century,

experiencing the incredible freedom, the spirit-stirring thrill of

being on top of the world. This is the first-ever guide tailored to

women mountaineers. Using a fascinating real-life story of two women

climbing Mount Rainier, author Andrea Gabbard offers a step-by-step

course in mountaineering, packed with solid advice for female novice

climbers of all ages. Climb the mountains of your dreams using

Gabbard's practical (and woman-smart) mountaineering techniques. Meet

the mental and physical challenges of mountain climbing. Train

effectively and efficiently before the climb. Get equipment and gear

sized and made for your physique. Deal with fears heights, falling,

or failure. Make that climb learn climbing and rescue techniques and

skills. Clear instructional photos demonstrate technical skills. And

the text is spiced by first-person stories, as other women climbers

share their amazing experiences on the world's highest peaks.

Mountaineering: A Woman's Guide guides you every step of the way as

Gabbard and her companions climb Mount Rainier, from deciding on a

training regimen...to reading the mountain...to handling the most

challenging routes safely...to achieving the ultimate goal: the

summit. Says French mountaineers Christine Janin: "When my team and I

reached the top of an unclimbed peak, I experienced a phenomenal sense

of freedom. It was a gift."

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