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The Magnificent Mountain Women: Adventures in the Colorado Rockies

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  59 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Since the Pikes Peak gold rush in the mid–nineteenth century, women have gone into the mountains of Colorado to hike, climb, ski, homestead, botanize, act as guides, practice medicine, and meet a variety of other challenges, whether for sport or for livelihood. Janet Robertson recounts their exploits in a lively, well-illustrated book that measures up to its title, The Mag ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 276 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Bison Books (first published April 1st 1990)
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Emily Palm
May 12, 2010 Emily Palm rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mountaineering
Finally, a book that actually acknowledges the contributions that women have made to the sport of mountaineering. I checked this book out from the library, but am realizing it must become a part of my collection as I find myself bringing up various tidbits I read in conversations.

Robertson covers a wide spectrum of women throughout the past century that have accomplished feats you don't read about in other historical mountaineering books. Compelling writing makes this an enjoyable as well as ed
Oct 21, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
It took a little while to get into the writing style. However once I did I enjoyed the book. The chapter I enjoyed the least was the last chapter which was on the modern mountain women. It was a case of the author being too close to the subject to allow it to be as conversational as the rest of the book. There were technical terms used which felt more like an instructional manual than a history telling . Also the last chapter jumped around suddenly between the stories of women. It felt like it w ...more
Feb 12, 2014 Megan rated it liked it
A great collection of outstanding Colorado women and their contributions to the advancement of women in outdoor activities. The book begins with the first women to climb notable Colorado peaks (i.e. Longs, Pikes, etc.). But the book also encompasses women influential in the establishment of several Colorado National Park Service units, guides, botanists, conservationists, and so much more. An inspirational and motivational read for women who love the outdoors!
May 06, 2013 Rae rated it liked it
Read for CO History book club. A look at women living in and climbing mountains of Colorado. Some are climbers; others homesteaders. Parts of it are very interesting; others seems like author's friends have been added. A few of the women seemed to take unnecessary risks for no very good reason. Probably not something I would have read on my own.
Jul 17, 2010 Emily rated it really liked it
So far I have only just started today 7.7.10. I will add more when I am abit further in the book. I finished this book on 7.17.10 and it was very interesting about how women played an important role in the history of our National Parks here in Colorado.
Nov 27, 2007 Rebecca rated it really liked it
This book was awesome. It was a bunch of short essays about women who went against the norm and climbed mountains when most women wouldn't even dream of such a thing. Some of them would even wear pants! How scandalous. Great, inspiring read.
Jan 08, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it
Shelves: nf-history-colo
I don't usually like books that are essentially a collection of shorter stories. But I enjoyed this, maybe because I already knew a little about most of these women.
Jan 31, 2009 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Very impressive what these women have done! LOVED IT.
Apr 02, 2009 Joanne rated it it was ok
Didn't enjoy this book much. The author was a little too overcome with how unfair life has been for women.
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