Gaining | Alpinist Magazine

“Gaining.” Alpinist Magazine. June 2015.

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“Cold calling has its place. In 1996 I saw a picture of Kitty Calhoun climbing a dazzling ice wall in an exceptionally fetching one-piece suit, and I decided she and I should climb together. Never mind that I was twenty and had never summited anything harder than Pyramid Peak in the Sierra and that Kitty was thirty-six and had just made a serious attempt on the sheer, ice-glazed north face of Thalay Sagar. She was a woman; I was organizing an all-women’s expedition of intermediate mountaineers up the Muldrow Glacier, Denali. Clearly we had a lot in common…”