Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life

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By any measure, Arlene Blum is a legendary trailblazer. Defying the resistance of the climbing establishment, she led the first teams of women on successful ascents of Mt. McKinley and Annapurna and was the first American woman to attempt Mt. Everest. She stands alongside Amelia Earhart, Margaret Mead and Mary Leakey in being honoured with a Gold Medal from the Society of Women Geographers. This is the story of Blum's journey from an overprotected youth in Chicago to the tops of some of the highest peaks on Earth. "Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life" is a full-scale memoir that explores how Arlene's childhood fuelled her need to climb - and how, in turn, her climbing liberated her from her childhood. Each chapter in the book begins with a poignant vignette from Blum's early life. Using these as starting points, she traces her evolution as a climber, from a hilariously incompetent beginner to a world-renowned expeditionary leader. Along the way, she takes us to some of the most remote and exquisite places on the planet, sharing the exhilaration, toil and danger of climbing high. Throughout these extraordinary adventures Blum weaves the story of her scientific career which, like her mountaineering, challenged gender stereotypes and led to significant discovery and change.

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""Breaking Trail" follows Arlene's route from her childhood, to the halls of academia, to the roof of the world with insightful and inspirational prose. The reason why we climb is never an easy question, yet Arlene searches her soul for her own motivations and in doing so provides a picture (story) that spans her childhood and career as a physicist." --Conrad Anker, author of "The Lost Explorer: Finding Mallory on Mount Everest"

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Book Description Harvest Books. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. 400 pages. Dimensions: 8.0in. x 5.3in. x 1.1in.Arlene Blum is a legendary trailblazer by any measure. Defying the climbing establishment of the 1970s, she led the first teams of women on successful ascents of Mt. McKinley and Annapurna, and was the first American woman to attempt Mt. Everest. In her long, adventurous career, she has played a leading role in more than twenty expeditions and forged a place for women in the perilous arena of high-altitude mountaineering. Breaking Trail is the story of Blums journey from her overprotected youth in Chicago to the tops of some of the highest peaks on Earth. Chronicling a life of extraordinary personal and professional achievement, Blums intimate and inspiring memoir explores how her childhood fueled her need to climb -- and how, in turn, her climbing liberated her from her childhood. Each chapter in Breaking Trail begins with a poignant vignette from Blums early life. Using these as starting points, she traces her evolution as a climber, from a hilariously incompetent beginner to an aspiring mountaineer to a successful, confident, and world-renowned expedition leader. Along the way, she takes us to some of the most extreme and exquisite places on the planet, sharing the exhilaration, toil, and danger of climbing high. Blum also relates the story of her scientific career, which, like her mountaineering, challenged gender stereotypes and was filled with singular accomplishments, including the banning of two cancer-causing chemicals and the initiation of an important area of biophysical research. Writing with remarkable candor and introspection, Blum recounts her triumphs and tragedies, and provides a probing look at what drove her to endure extreme physical discomfort -- and even to risk her life -- attempting high, remote summits around the world. In her story, she shares intimate insights into how and why climbers persevere under the harshest circumstances, cope with the deaths of their comrades, and balance their desire for adventure with their personal lives. Complemented with breathtaking personal photos and detailed maps, Breaking Trail is a deeply moving account of how one woman overcame adversity to become one of the worlds most famous climbers, and a testament to the power of taking risks and pursuing dreams. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 9780156031165

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