Enjoy dramatic images of Arlene’s adventures from her college days to her historic climbs of remote and beautiful high peaks in these albums. They illustrate the chapters of her award-winning memoir Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life. The book recounts how Arlene’s challenging childhood led to her realizing improbable dreams in the world’s highest mountains, the chemistry laboratory, and the public policy arena.


1. Beginnings
First adventures in the Pacific Northwest and Peru while at Reed College and MIT.
1964 to 1967 (Chapters 1-5)

2. Berkeley years
Summiting Mt. Waddington in British Columbia.
1967-69 (Chapters 6, 7)

3. Denali Damsels
Becoming a leader during the first all-woman ascent of the highest mountain in North America.
1970 (Chapters 8-10)

4. Endless Winter
Following a vision, fifteen months of climbing around the world.
1971-73 (Chapters 11-14)

5. Peak Lenin
200 top climbers meet for a camp in the high Pamir range of central Asia and find unprecedented storms and avalanches.
1974 (Chapters 15, 16)

6. Trisul
A straightforward climb of a 23,400-foot peak in India comes to a tragic conclusion.
1975 (Chapter 17)