Climber Annie Smith Peck Shocked the World—By Wearing Pants

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Climber Annie Smith Peck Shocked the World—By Wearing Pants

When Annie Smith Peck (1850-1935) descended the Matterhorn after having summited in 1895, the world was up in arms. As Peck celebrated her team’s success on one of the most technical climbs of the time, the focus of the general public was on whether or not she should be arrested…for wearing pants on the climb. An accomplished mountaineer, author, and academic by the time of the Matterhorn ascent, it’s easy to imagine that this double standard didn’t rattle Annie Smith Peck in the least. ADVERTISEMENTAs Peck celebrated her team’s success on one of the most technical climbs of the time, the focus of the general public was on whether or not she should be arrested…for wearing pants on the climb. In Bolivia, she made several attempts on the Illampu peak (21,276 ft/6485 meters), of Mount Sorata in the Cordillera Real.

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