Since the Pikes Peak gold rush in the mid–nineteenth century, women
have gone into the mountains of Colorado to hike, climb, ski,
homestead, botanize, act as guides, practice medicine, and meet a
variety of other challenges, whether for sport or for livelihood.
Janet Robertson recounts their exploits in a lively,
well-illustrated book that measures up to its title, The
Magnificent Mountain Women. Arlene Blum provides a new introduction
to this edition.