Monday, September 22, 2008

Women Explorers

My friend Margaret Rolfe popped in yesterday with a very special birthday gift. Ten years ago, we were participants in Golden Alpine Holidays "Women in the Wilderness", a trek in the Esplande Mountain range in Golden, British Columbia. Helicopter access only!!

We hiked, did high ridge walks, plunged into crystal clear glacier-fed alpine lakes (well, some of us did)...enjoyed abundant wildflowers and heather meadows. We stayed in rustic lodges with home cooked meals and programs developed for women by women.

One of the women in charge was Helen Rolfe, Marg's daughter. Helen has since had two children and now lives in Canmore. She has also written a book which is included in the school curriculum in Alberta. I am now the proud owner of one of these books!

Canadian women have been conquering mountains for more than 100 years. The early pioneers set the standard for the women who followed. This group of extraordinary women include the founder of the Alpine Club of Canada and the first North American woman to summit Everest. These women were all strong and determined, and shared a love of adventure.

Tomorrow I will post on our adventure in the mountains.

1 comment:

  1. I love that!!! what a fabulous gift!! Oh I remember that time...talking about it during planning and living it all through you. That is a PERFECT birthday gift!!!