150 years ago in 1871, Liverpudlian Lucy Walker became the first woman to climb the Matterhorn. She not only managed the climb in cumbersome skirts and hobnail boots but also overcame a deeply embedded gender bias in mountaineering, inspiring countless future female alpinists to follow in her footsteps.
tl;dw the "British outdoor adventurer" didn't manage to "conquer" the "most iconic mountain in the world" despite "building her upper body strength", "training in an oxygen tent", and wanting to follow in the footsteps of the "first female to conquer it".
Christ that was even less epic than my attempt. I got as far as the Shoulder with a hangover and having the embarrassment of an English guide asking whether we'd set of from the first lift we were running so late. The toughest challenge was walking back down to Zermatt that day in Birkenstocks.
Fri Night Vid Steve McClure climbs Olympiad E10 6c
This week's Friday Night Video features Steve McClure making the second ascent of Neil Gresham's Olympiad (E10 6c/8b) at Shrinkle Haven, Pembroke. Opting to take a different approach to Neil, who climbed the route as an 8b deep water solo, Steve...
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