This year the Alpine Club is celebrating the 150th anniversary of four major first ascents in the Alps. In 1871, Lucy Walker and Meta Brevoort made the first female ascents of the Matterhorn, Weisshorn, Bietschhorn and the Dent Blanche. Over 200 women recently applied to join a meet hosted by the Alpine Club this summer, which aims to bring together a diverse group of women to commemorate this extraordinary year in female mountaineering. The aim is to broaden access to mountaineering through inspiration, in the same way that Walker and Brevoort did for women a century and a half ago. Whereas only 30 places were available for this meet, the Alpine Club sees Women Rise Up as an important new initiative for future years.
Tonight Catherine Destivelle, the first female recipient of the Piolet d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award, joins us to talk about her journey. Historian Clare Roche will outline the events of 1871 and Women Rise Up Climbing Coordinator Becky Coles will talk about Women Rise Up activities. The ClubCastwill be guest-hosted by Melanie Windridge.
As usual the evening will finish with a Q&A