While adventure sports like climbing aren’t perfect in the way they represent female athletes, we’re also incredibly lucky to live in a time when climbers like Ashima Shiraishi, Alex Puccio, Sasha DiGiulian, Sarah Hueniken, and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner (and many, many more) are achieving absolutely incredible things on rock, plastic, ice, and in the mountains.
But these women’s audacity is not just the product of the last few decades. They, and any other woman who loves to feel challenged by the outdoors or just take in a deep lungful of mountain air, come from a long line of female adventurers.
As a little inspiration for your day, here are five women climbers in history who were absolutely, totally, badass. Continue reading