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Queen of the Mountaineers: The Trailblazing Life of Fanny Bullock Workman

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Fanny Bullock Workman was a complicated and restless woman who defied the rigid Victorian morals she found as restrictive as a corset. With her frizzy brown hair tucked under a helmet, Workman was a force on and off the mountain. Instrumental in breaking the British stranglehold on Himalayan mountain climbing, this American woman climbed more peaks than any of her peers ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Chicago Review Press
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Sharon K.
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mountaineers are a crazy lot, like the people who are lining up on the top of Mount Everest to take pictures. But Fanny Bullock Workman may be the fiercest mountaineer of all, and Cathryn Prince tells her story, warts and all. (Workman doesn't have actual warts, but she is not a perfect person either.) Fighting to make a name for herself, and pursuing the highest peaks with her supportive husband, Workman is a daring soul who was lucky enough to have the financial resources to explore the ...more
Roben
First of all -- thank you to the publisher for the free audio.

This was a fascinating story and made me utter on more than one occasion, "Why have I never heard about these women?" Which, of course, is part of the answer -- they are women. It would be nice to make them easily accessible to girls today. I believe they would enjoy hearing about their adventures!

I think it's important to note that there is almost as much information in this book about Annie Peck as there is Fanny Workman. Both
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Janet
From Wikipedia: “Fanny Bullock Workman (January 8, 1859 – January 22, 1925) was an American geographer, cartographer, explorer, travel writer, and mountaineer, notably in the Himalayas. She was one of the first female professional mountaineers; she not only explored but also wrote about her adventures. She set several women’s altitude records, , published eight travel books with her husband, and championed women's rights and women’s suffrage.”


From an early age, Fanny Bullock considered herself
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Miriam
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The adventures of Fanny Bullock Workman, born of sturdy New England stock and a rich family, scales the New Hampshire peak of Mt. Washington, and then the highest peaks of the Alps, the Himalayas, and Andes, and other mountain ranges across the world in their decades of exploring.

It's a breathless series of explorations that rival those of other women of the time yet sets her apart as she climbs peaks rather than digs of ancient civilizations or seeks to the mysteries of science. This book is a
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Ann Ackermann
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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There’s no method of learning history that’s more fun than a good adventure. Fanny Workman broke a number of records in the late 19th and early 20th century, both in mountaineering and bicycling. This biography follows a woman fighting her way into a man’s world and takes the reader around the world to places that were much more exotic then than now: backcountry Spain, northern Africa, India, the Alps, the Andes, and the Himalayas. Workman’s life, as Cathryn Prince portrays it, becomes a window ...more
Audrey Arnold
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. I simply couldn't put it down! Well researched and written, Cathryn Prince paints a vivid picture of the life of Fanny Bullock, a pioneer both in her passion for exploration and in women's rights. I enjoyed reading about a strong woman who wasn't afraid to go against the norms of society to do what she loved, leaving a legacy that reaches far into the future. A very fascinating and inspirational read. Highly recommend!

(Thanks to Swenson Book Development for
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Steph Cheslock
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Prince writes a compelling and relatable portrait of Workman--a woman who did not let cultural expectations keep her from pursuing her passion. This book is obviously well researched and gives the reader page after page of detailed adventure--at times I felt like I could be on the mountain beside Fanny. I would highly recommend--great for all readers--even if you don't normally read non-fiction works.
Dean Jobb
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cathryn J. Prince brings Fanny Bullock Workman’s remarkable story and pioneering achievements to life in Queen of the Mountaineers. She scoured Workman's many publications and consulted personal letters, diaries and journals to recreate, in vivid detail, a life lived large.
Jpoz
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story of perseverance, grit and will power. Fanny Bullock Workman was a trailblazer who showed the world that women could do anything a man can do. The book reads like a novel and is a page turner .
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