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Nov 22, 2013 - 03:28pm PT
I didn't read the whole thread, but it would most definitely be incomplete without mentioning Julie Brugger...
captain chaos

Nov 23, 2013 - 05:34am PT
Great story Tom... Bev was a very special lady, not many like her in this world.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 23, 2013 - 07:55am PT
Long Ago, she's far away,
Still has you on belay.

Very, very good and revealing tale and good of you to come forth with it. Thanks.

Hard ladies are good to find.

Sport climber
Jan 26, 2014 - 04:04pm PT

No Spare Rib. The Advent of Hard Women Rock Climbers. An article by Rosie Andrews in Mountain 97, 1984.

Joyce Bracht, Coral Bowman, Beverly Johnson, Barbara Devine, Alison Osius, Louise Shepherd, Lynn Hill, Carol Black, Jill Lawrence...


Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Jan 26, 2014 - 06:36pm PT
I love this thread, so "bump."
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 26, 2014 - 07:06pm PT
Another great women's climbing history thread keying off Rosie's article.

Jan 26, 2014 - 07:19pm PT
She did not have food, anything for cooking, not equipment for bivouac. No one ever saw Wana again…"

She's around somewhere.

She was reborn 9 months later .....

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 26, 2014 - 07:27pm PT
^^^^^oh yes! She was a hero of mine. Same with Arlene Blum. Really really the best in my book.
This was a gift from Irene Beardsley, one of the Women on Annapurna. It's from Kathmandu.
Incredible legacy of these women.

This is a relatively new book but I haven't read it.


Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Apr 19, 2014 - 03:41pm PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 19, 2014 - 04:31pm PT
Ed, you almost did it...filled the front page top to bottom!

Momma'd be proud!

Social climber
Feb 19, 2015 - 11:12am PT
hey there say, all... just adding this link, (thank you to jan for the idea to share it here) >:D<

did not want to rebump too much stuff, but WOW, i just
loved learning about this gal...

as we all know, times were different WAY back then...
but then, 'times be changing' as we all know, :)


SOMEONE always has to go before...
and someone always forges NEW paths... :)

Trad climber
Feb 5, 2016 - 04:56pm PT
Sharon Wood of Canmore managed to do in about a 6 year period in the 80's:
Cassin Ridge
Salathe and/or the Nose
Big N faces in Cdn Rockies
Most of the way up the W Buttress of Makalu
Big climbs in Peru
Much 5.11, difficult ice

She still climbs well at 58

Social climber
Feb 5, 2016 - 06:08pm PT
I learned how to climb from Hansi Marte. She was a great face climber. She and her husband climbed the Salathe with Royal Robbins. I believe it was a guided ascent but I think she was the first woman to climb El Cap. She was a great person.

Social climber
Feb 6, 2016 - 06:17am PT
Wow for Sharon Wood--'specially raising them kids!

Trad climber
crack addict
Feb 7, 2016 - 01:14pm PT
I was lucky enough to know many of these young women in my early days in The Trench. The 70’s was a very colorful time for the young men and the women who managed to live and climb there and there was NEVER a dull moment. We all thought this lifestyle could go on forever and rarely gave a thought about the reality of what was to come.

Most of these pictures have been posted before on this or other forums but it seems a shame to talk about them without images to back it up.

And BTW-I'd hesitate to call some of these women "chicks" to their face. My only hope at that point would be to out run them and that's not very damn likely.

Here’s little Annie Tarver. She was indeed a beer drinking, tobacco chewing little vixen. She’s a PhD professor living in Seattle now.
Anne Tarver in 1976

Anne Tarver 1980

Anne Tarver 1980

Julie Brugger has hardly changed in the 45 years I’ve known her. She climbed hard then, she climbs hard now. She’s very motivated and has a hard time finding partners that can keep up with her. She’s a sweetheart underneath her somewhat intimidating exterior.
Julie Brugger 1974?

Julie Brugger 1986?

Catherine Freer or Cathy Freer as she was known before she became more dignified, was a hard core, bad ass climber. As Mayfield mentioned upthread, she did the second ascent of Zenyatta Mondatta. I guarantee she did her fair share of the leading. Julie Brugger lost her very best friend when Catherine died. We all miss you, Catherine.
Catherine-Ahab 1972

Kathryn Besio or KB, was an absolute doll. She climbed hard and could keep with the boys. I wonder what she’s doing now. In this picture, she’s on the right with MS. Mastadon on the left at the top of Cathedral Peak in Tuolumne.
KB 1980

Mary Darbosek was another Valley Girl. She climbed fairly hard and was always game for new adventures. She put herself through nursing school and, the last I heard, she was a radiologist somewhere.
Mary Darbosek 1980

Stephanie Atwood was friends with Molly Higgins and Barb Eastman. She was Bruce Carson’s sweetie when he died.
Stephanie Atwood 1976

Sorry Jobee, had to throw this one in there. You must have been what, 17 in this picture?
Jo Whitford 1979

Carla Firey is mentioned above in this thread somewhere. She was a VERY good climber and good friend of many Washingtonians.
Carla Firey 2002

I remember some of the others mentioned. Diana Hunter was a skinny Colorado girl that rolled her own cigs and who could out-boulder most of the boys. She certainly put Pat Timson and I to shame one day behind Camp 4. I was sorry to hear about her death at a too early age.

Bev Johnson was pretty awesome. Don’t have to say any more there. Several of us shared a house with her briefly in Sun Valley in the 70’s. I don’t remember the circumstances of her being there at the time.

Jan, I keep in touch with Bruce Albert. Who’s initials were KLR on the biners that Dianne Westman gave to him??

Sport climber
Shetville , North of Los Angeles
Feb 7, 2016 - 05:24pm PT
Mastadon...I visited with Mary Droubesk this past summer...She's working in Carson City...rj

Ice climber
Feb 10, 2019 - 07:36pm PT
Missed the anniversary by a month bump

Who is in charge here?

Flip Flop

Earth Planet, Universe
Feb 10, 2019 - 07:38pm PT
Sweet thread
Jim Clipper

Feb 10, 2019 - 07:47pm PT
Great pics. Climbers getting after it. Best.
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

Out Of Bed
Feb 11, 2019 - 01:33am PT
oh no/? I forget what thread this was from? meant to take notes?
oh wait now I remember,I took A note,"After 1/2 Dome"
I don't know anything more, someone has to?
The ALWAYS Smilin'. Diana Dailey Credit: and partner,
Yo!! talkin' about crushing Cobra, Yosemite built and tuned Guns, A Well balanced Individual with early ~hard'as'it'gets~ climbing accomplishments, her legs were equally as impressive. Those pictures were perfectly exposed.
This one, was not & so has been treated to an upgrade.
(No, not, Yaniro's arm photoshopped,on, I think her's is biggererr)
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