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Photo: Mountain climbing

No Boys Allowed
Photograph by Mrs. Dean Peabody, 1929

To get to the top of this spire in the Chamonix Aiguilles, France, climbing pioneer Miriam O’Brien Underhill scaled up its center ridge with her camera held between her teeth in 1929. Famous for “manless Alpine climbing,” Underhill was the first woman to conquer several challenging peaks, including the Matterhorn. On these treks she climbed only with other women.


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