American Annie S. Peck Climbs the Matterhorn 1895

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tooth

Mountain climber
B.C.
Sep 30, 2008 - 07:39am PT
bump, great post!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 30, 2008 - 12:46pm PT
The summit was an icy bump!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 10, 2009 - 02:55pm PT
Another stylee shot of awesome Annie from A History of Mountain Climbing by Roger Frison-Roche and Sylvan Jouty, 1996.

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Jan 10, 2009 - 05:11pm PT
Well worth reading. Thanks for posting this historical stuff.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 8, 2009 - 02:22pm PT
Antique International Gal Bump!
jstan

climber
Mar 8, 2009 - 04:09pm PT
Most amazing of all? She went the whole way without buying a second hat.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 8, 2009 - 05:19pm PT
Another pioneer and contemporary, Fannie Bullock Workman. From Putnam's Magazine 1895.










I bet Fannie could get the most out of a hat, too.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 22, 2010 - 11:39am PT
Hardwoman Bump!
Fritz

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Apr 23, 2010 - 12:06am PT
too cool bump! Thanks Steve
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 16, 2010 - 05:31pm PT
The Unsung Bump...
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 17, 2012 - 10:24pm PT
A bushel and a bump...
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Feb 19, 2012 - 08:57am PT
What an amazing woman! I can't believe that I hadn't heard of her.

My own experience of the Matterhorn were less successful, but as Ron says, it's such a choss pile, I never had a desire to go back.

Frank and I were there in the fall when there were only us and two of our friends from CERN and a old Swiss man on it. We found route finding to be difficult as there are many possible ways to go and footprints going off in all directions. Because of route finding difficulties, we were quite slow and got separated from our friends. I made it to the Solvay hut which has been constructed just below the prominent notch to the right below the final snow field.

Frank was getting quite antsy so I decided to stay at the hut while he rushed off to do the summit. He met the old Swiss man on the way up and they roped together and rappelled off for safety on the chains coming down. Even so, we could not make it to the bottom before dark. About 3/4 of the way down we ran into our friends who had wandered lost most of the day and were descending in disgust.

We had no bivouac gear but the night was clear and quite warm for that time of year. We sat on our packs and talked and watched the stars all night. The Swiss man whose life long dream it was to climb the Matterhorn, had a little stove that burned fuel tablets and he made us each a cup of hot tea about 3 am. The big Dipper did a complete circle in the sky and when it got back to where it started, it became day light and we started down. When I think Matterhorn, I think pile of choss and the nicest bivouac I ever did.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Feb 19, 2012 - 09:55am PT
hey there say, jan.... what a sweet heartfelt share, as to the tea time with the older man, in the midst of trying for his dream....

the last part of your post, is the sweet part--there is always something treasured to come out of a rough time...

happy to read this, this morning...
i love the matterhorn, as it stands there...

i love seeing the sunrise and sunset, from the ol' webcams...
and it just seems to make the city below it, seem so unique, due to
its pressence...

:)
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 6, 2013 - 01:53pm PT
Annie is a giant in early American mountaineering and one of my heroes ever since I started climbing.

Here is another more recent hero...Freda du Faur

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1762006/Freda-Du-Faur-The-Queen-of-the-New-Zealand-Alps
Marcelo

Mountain climber
Singapore
Apr 3, 2013 - 07:23am PT
There are many amazing women of these period. Isabella Byrd, Alexandra Davis-Neel, Gertrude Bell and many others. But what I found fascintating about Aniie Peck is the story about her asking their guides to support her over their shoulders in the summit of Huascaran, to be sure she was reaching the highest height. Mith or reality is a very nice story.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2013 - 07:37pm PT
My recollection of the story has her companions barely able to support themselves on the summit! LOL
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
Nov 24, 2013 - 09:19pm PT
Fvking GREAT THREAD.

THANKS FOR A GREAT HISTORY LESSON.

Women Rock.
jstan

climber
Nov 24, 2013 - 10:54pm PT
You know a person has stern character if they have only one hat.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 12, 2015 - 12:36pm PT
As evidenced by Norman Clyde...LOL
philo

climber
Dec 12, 2015 - 12:56pm PT
Steve thanks for keeping the history alive. The wonderful powerful women of our sports history amaze and inspire.
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