The Accidental Adventurer: Memoirs of the First Woman to Climb Mount McKinley

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Barbara Washburn never set out to become a mountain pioneer, but she wasn't content to be a stay-at-home wife either. After marrying explorer Bradford Washburn in 1940, Barbara's fearless determination to be with her husband resulted in her historic ventures into the uncharted mountains of Alaska. With no mountain climbing experience she only knew that as a woman in a party of men, she'd have to measure up. She did. She became a history maker & a role model for women. Her most famous achievement was her 1947 ascent of Mount McKinley & this was just the beginning. Barbara was an award-winning teacher--one of the first in remedial reading. She was a devoted mother of three who faced criticism for defying convention by leaving her children with family to travel to remote Alaska. And in the decades that followed she helped map the Grand Canyon, took a safari in Kenya & made many trips to China & Nepal in an effort to gain permission for the first arial mapping of Mount Everest. Her accomplishments, amazing by today's standard, were virtually unheard in the 40s & 50s & earn her an important place in the history of woman & exploration.

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Barbara Washburn's "The Accidental Adventurer: Memoir of the First Woman to Climb Mt. McKinley" is a great little memoir by the first woman to set foot on the summit of North America's highest peak ... Read full review

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I picked up this gem while traveling in Alaska. Folksy, unpretentious, well-written memoir. Two word summary: pure joy. Book layout is well designed with many delightful photographs. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

The memoir of Barbara Washburn, wife of mountaineer Bradford Washburn, and the first woman to climb Mt. McKinley

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