On Top of the World: Five Women Explorers in Tibet

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Mountaineers, 1976 - Sports & Recreation - 222 pages
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In the late 1800s, when women were bound by cumbersome clothing and strict Victorian scruples, a small band of astonishing women explorers burst forth to claim the adventurous life. Plowing their way up the Himalaya and Karakoram or trekking for months through tropical lowlands, these five women (three British, one American, and one French) conducted an unprecedented exploration of Tibet: Nina Mazuchelli, the first Western woman to see Everest, organized a small expedition from Darjeeling to explore the Eastern Himalaya. Isabella Bird Bishop, bedridden while at home, was always robust on her far-flung, international adventures and wrote nine books chronicling her travels, which brought her to Hawaii, the Rocky Mountains, and across Asia and into Tibet. Alexandra David-Neel at 56 trekked for eight months and more than 2,000 miles from China to Lhasa disguised as a Tibetan beggar. Fanny Bullock Workman, an avowed suffragist, climbed to 21,000 feet in the Karakorum in 1899 and posed with a newspaper whose banner proclaimed, 'Votes for Women.' Annie Taylor was a Christian missionary who traveled in Tibetan garb to bring the word of God to the forbidden land of Tibet.

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User Review  - Sandra - Goodreads

The book was a little too scholarly to make for enjoyable reading. But learning about five extraordinary women 100 to 150 years ago trekking for months through snow-covered mountain passes was amazing. Read full review

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User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

Wow- climbing mountains in a corset and dress. Oh wait, she's strapped to a chair on the back of a sherpa! This book is a super interesting look at some daring women in the early 1800's who managed to (mostly) buck convention and travel the mysterious east. Read full review

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About the author (1976)

The late Luree Miller was a writer, scholar, and world traveler whose endeavors ranged from driving huge freight trucks through the unpaved roads of the Alaskan wilderness, to co-founding the International School in Bombay. She passed away on July 6, 1996, at the age of 70.

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