Who is the Gal in the 1946 AP Photo? Old Timers?!?

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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 27, 2011 - 08:46am PT
I am trying to definitely identify the woman in this 1946 AP photo.



Secondarily, I would like to identify the occasion or climb connected with the photo.

Cheers
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jul 27, 2011 - 08:57am PT
Take a look at the crampon.
I think she's getting ready to rope up with Sasquatch!
TwistedCrank

climber
Ideeho-dee-do-dah-day boom-chicka-boom-chicka-boom
Jul 27, 2011 - 08:58am PT
That's Elisabeth Taylor. Right after she got done filming "National Velvet".
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jul 27, 2011 - 09:40am PT
Donini's first wife?
klk

Trad climber
cali
Jul 27, 2011 - 09:43am PT
looks like ruth mendenhall
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jul 27, 2011 - 09:44am PT
She was a blonde Ron.
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climber
Mudcat Spire
Jul 27, 2011 - 09:47am PT
a blonde Ron


Sounds hawt!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jul 27, 2011 - 09:57am PT
Forgot the comma. A blonde Ron, now that sounds pretty kinky.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jul 27, 2011 - 10:14am PT
FACT: I WAS BORN A STRAWBERRY BLONDE!
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 27, 2011 - 10:36am PT
Steve, browse through the 1947 edition of the AAJ (available online to non members, even! Ha ha).

Quite a number of trips and women mentioned in that edition.

Interesting selection of gear. Suggests alpine, snow and rock work. Was a get together in both Colorado and the Bug's that year per that AAJ. Maybe some press for one of those or another trip?
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 27, 2011 - 11:40am PT
Brian,

I don't have that AAJ so please give me the gal's identity, if you would be so kind.

The shot was taken in the Tetons.

Cheers!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 27, 2011 - 12:03pm PT
She looks a bit like Barbara Washburn.
klk

Trad climber
cali
Jul 27, 2011 - 12:10pm PT
barbara washburn had very light hair.

this pic looks like ruth dyar mendenhall, hair color, style, age about right. also the jeans & tennis shoes fit photos ive seen from her in that period.

cant find my copy of letters to check against the photos there.

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 27, 2011 - 12:23pm PT
Ruth is my guess but I should be able to get someone to verify it.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 27, 2011 - 12:23pm PT
Yes Ruth had the dark hair but I can't find a young pic of her.
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 27, 2011 - 12:28pm PT
Betsey Cowles Partridge?

Seem to recall she was tall, thin and had dark hair?

Right timeframe.
klk

Trad climber
cali
Jul 27, 2011 - 12:29pm PT
steve, i believe ruth's daughter, vivian, is still in alaska. retired wildlife biologist.

why not ask her?

brian, BCP had light brown hair. so unless she died it pitch black in 1946 (unlikely for someone from her class background), that would be a longshot.
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Jul 27, 2011 - 12:59pm PT
Looking on the Sierra Club site, there are numerous pictures of someone named Margie Henderson that looks pretty similar, and the time frame is about right.
klk

Trad climber
cali
Jul 27, 2011 - 01:05pm PT
yeah, that's possible, too. don't know much about her.

the site is useful.

http://angeles.sierraclub.org/about/LeadersA-D.asp
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 27, 2011 - 01:14pm PT
I just sent an email to Irene Beardsley (Ortenberger). I am sure that she can nail this down being a Tetons gal back then.
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