This Spring, Cahoots Magazine has chosen Sisterhood in the Wilderness as one of their Feature Articles. See the article here. The article discusses what it means to be a mountain woman in a man’s world of mountaineering.
What can we learn from our mountainwoman predecessors like Gertrude Benham and Mary Schaffer?
I was delighted when my friend Tim* announced that he had a new girlfriend, not only because I was happy that he had found a companion, but also because I would no longer be quite so outnumbered by my male counterparts when we embarked on adventures in the outdoors on weekends.
I couldn’t ask for better hiking comrades, but when I found myself gradually acquiring pink apparel to wear on our adventures, I became more aware that perhaps I was making a statement without really intending to do so. My passion and my determination once fuelled my efforts to ‘keep up’ with my male climbing partners. But keeping up with a guy that’s a full foot taller than you is a nearly impossible task, so I eventually settled on passionately prodding away at my own pace, enhancing the already beautiful landscape with my pink presence… [read the rest here.]