When I hear the name Lucy Walker I imagine a character in a Jane Austen novel with perfect hair, a fan and a dashing suitor leaving bunches of wild flowers and calling cards. What I don’t imagine is a woman mountaineer climbing one of the highest peaks in Europe, in a dress, in 1871!
The Matterhorn in the Alps is a mere 4,478 meters (14,692 ft) high, one of the highest summits in the Alps. Lucy Walker was the first woman to climb it ...again, in a dress, at age 35!
Her dress didn't have 6 secret pockets like our Beryl and La Roche dresses do. They weren't light weight or crinkle resistant either, in fact her dress most likely weighed over twenty pounds, the equivalent of carrying a small child all the way up that steep incline!!!
Lucy took up climbing as a result of a doctor’s recommendation to cure her Rheumatism; that in itself is pretty amazing. She is rumored to have lived on champagne and sponge cake while climbing and completed 98 such expeditions in her life time. The Matterhorn was not her first nor her last victorious climb. She claimed the first female ascent of the Eiger in 1864, among others.
Edmund Hillary said “It’s not the mountain we conquer but ourselves!” Her victories were clearly not just physical; she was an acclaimed pioneer leading the way for other female mountaineers and was elected the president of the Ladies Alpine Club in 1915.
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