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The Accidental Adventurer: Memoir of the First Woman to Climb Mt. McKinley Paperback – May, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Epicenter Press; First Edition edition (May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0945397917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0945397915
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An outstanding account of fully realized feminism well before it became a movement. --Fearless Reader

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

About the Author

Barbara Washburn was born in 1914. A graduate of Smith College, she married mountaineer-explorer-mapmaker Bradford Washburn in 1940. Six years later, climbing with her husband, she became the first woman to reach the summit of 20,320-foot Mount McKinley, North America's highest peak. The mother of three, she also became one of the nation's earliest remedial reading teachers, and received awards in several fields of endeavour.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By lordhoot on October 15, 2007
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Accidental Adventurer by Barbara Washburn proves to be a well written autobiography. Her husband was late Bradford Washburn, a man of science as well as a explorer. Her book reflects her quiet lifestyle until she married this man and how that marriage totally transformed her, almost by accident, into a world wide adventurer, traveling with her husband from the depths of the Grand Canyon to the top of Mount McKinley (being the first woman to summit that peak in 1947). During the entire time, she was rising children, being a house wife and a teacher. Her life was definitely not boring and reading this book helps us understand how exciting it really was.

I found the book to be entertaining and fun. It shows how a wife can be a true partner with her husband in all things, not just at home but in the field. Barbara Washburn not only embraced her husband but his lifestyle and work. The trials and tribulations of both man and wife proves to be truly extraordinary and the book reflects on that life very clearly.

This is an easy book to recommend to anyone to read.
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If you want a good read about a woman who lived her life as it came to her, who did not shrink back at a challenge, loved adventure, and who demonstrated what a loving marriage looks like, read this book.
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