A Woman’s Reach


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Mountaineering Memoirs

By Nea Morin,    With a Foreword by Eric Shipton

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Published by Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1968, 1st UK Edition, D/w (wear at edges and small tear at top edge), Nr. Fine.   Nea Morin (nee Barnard, 1905-1986) was one of the best known of British women climbers and mountaineers from the 1920’s onwards for some 40 years. Her climbing career takes in British rock (she made the first ascent of the eponymous Nea on Clogwyn Y Grochan in 1941, seconded by Menlove Edwards), the Alps (first all-female traverse of the Meije in 1933 and first all-female ascent of the Aiguilles de Blaitière in 1934), and the Himalayas (the only woman on an Expedition to Ama Dablam in Nepal in 1959).  She was a member of the French Groupe de Haute Montagne, married Jean Morin, one of the group’s leading lights, and made over 20 first female ascents in the Alps. She climbed with most of the leading men and women climbers in England and France and in every important district of the Alps, as well as in Wales, Cornwall, Scotland and the Himalayas. Her daughter Denise, also a very good climber and with whom she made many of her later Alpine climbs, married Charles Evans of Everest fame.  In addition, her autobiography covers the achievements of other women climbers and there is an interesting and informative 25 page appendix titled “A Survey of Some Notable Feminine Ascents” which covers the Alps and Greater Ranges.

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