The Accidental Adventurer, by Barbara Washburn
Barbara Washburn never set out to become a mountaineering pioneer, but she wasn’t content to be a stay-at-home wife, either. In 1947, defying social convention, Washburn became the first woman to climb Alaska’s Mt. McKinley. Accidental Adventures (192 pages) chronicles her journeys with her husband, Bradford Washburn, on other expeditions to Alaska, the Grand Canyon, and Mt. Everest, while raising three children at their home near Boston.
“An outstanding account of fully realized feminism well before it became a movement.”
“Washburn’s charming memoir The Accidental Adventurer is a delightful account of decades of expeditions… [Barbara] has led an extraordinary life and we only wish she had written more.”
–The Explorers Journal