Journey Women

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Journey Women

At the start of this fascinating, enthusiastic compendium of explorers and adventures, Mick Conefrey promises that none of his protagonists (Amelia Earhart and Isabella Bird among them) will have a scraggy beard. The result is How to Climb Mt. Blanc in a Skirt ($24; amazon.com), a well-researched homage to women climbers, sailors, pilots and pioneers. Look out for Susanna Moodie’s recipe on how to make dandelion coffee if you’re penniless in the Canadian bush; Mary Kingsley’s guide to West African animals and how to deal with them; and Gertrude Bell’s clothing list (silk underwear, fur coat) for her expedition to Arabia in 1913.

First Published April 24, 2011

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