A collection of an individual stories and also reflections based on the memoirs the Junko Tabei, the an initial woman to rise Mount Everest and the 7 Summits.

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Honouring High areas is a compelling collection of highlights from Junko Tabei’s stirring life that she thought about important, inspiring and also interesting to mountaineering culture. Till now, her works have actually been easily accessible only in Japanese, and also RMB is honoured to be sharing this profound and also moving stories through the English-speaking people for the very first time.

The collection opens on mountain Everest, wherein the an initial all-women’s exploration is met v disaster yet pushes on versus all odds. The story climate shifts come the beforehand years the Tabei’s life and reflects ~ above her countryside childhood as a frail girl with no talent because that sport, and social expectations that ignored her enthusiasm for mountains.

With reminiscences of the beforehand days of female climbers on Everest, the deaths of fellow mountaineers, Tabei’s search of mountain Tomur, a cancer diagnosis, and also efforts to reclaim a love for nature in the surviving youth the the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, this beautiful curated arsenal of essays records the essence of a noteworthy time and also the stamin of personality of among the 20th and also 21st centuries’ female mountaineering pioneers.


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Junko Tabei (1939–2016) was born in Miharu, a tiny town in Fukushima prefecture, phibìc of Tokyo. An exceptional mountaineer and lover that peaks, she established the females Climbing club in 1969 and also reached the summit that Everest on might 16, 1975, together leader of one all-women Japanese team. After Everest, Tabei committed her adult life come climbing the world’s greatest peaks, consisting of the seven Summits. In 1999 she obtained the snow Leopard Award for completing the 5 7000-metre-plus hills in the previous Soviet Union, and climbed the tallest mountains in an ext than 70 countries. To continue to be committed come her enthusiasm for climbing, Junko defied cultural expectations the motherhood and also enjoyed a 49-year marital relationship to an exceptionally supportive husband. They were a household of four: one daughter and also one son. Deep concerned about the degradation of mount Everest, Junko developed the Himalayan Adventure trust of Japan in 1990, the Japanese variation of teacher Edmund Hilary’s Himalayan Trust. She was additionally a published writer of plenty of mountaineering books. In 2000, at period 60, she completed her master"s studies at Kyushu college in southerly Japan, based on the refuse problem on Everest that results from overcrowding through climbers. Junko got to 7000 metres top top Mt. Manaslu at age 66 (having been forced to retreat early out to poor weather), and continued to climb also after being diagnosed v cancer in 2012. She commemorated the 40th anniversary of she Everest success v a hiking pilgrimage to Tengboche, Nepal, on the familiar route to base Camp, in September 2015. The critical summit Junko got to was Japan’s Mt. Fuji (3010 metres) in July 2016. The climb was in assistance of high college students influenced by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and also tsunami that devastated the area. Junko Tabei passed far on October 20, 2016, and is survived by her beloved husband, Masanobu Tabei, daughter Noriko and also son Shinya, and other relatives and countless friends.

Helen Y. Rolfe is a professional writer and editor, and the author of women Explorers: One century of Courage and Audacity. She stays in Canmore, Alberta.

Yumiko Hiraki to be born in Osaka, Japan, and also moved come Canada in 1988. She functioned as a hill guide and had the an excellent luck to fulfill Junko on assorted hiking and ski trips in the Canadian Rockies. She lives in Banff, Alberta.

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Rieko Holtved was born in Ehime, Japan, and moved come Canada in 1997. She functioned as a trip coordinator and had the satisfied of conference Junko while organizing hikes in the Canadian Rockies. She stays in Canmore, Alberta.


Table of Contents

Author"s note 9Introduction Setsuko Kitamura 11Chapter 1 Avalanche! 21Chapter 2 The meaning of hills 35Chapter 3 Annapurna III 69Chapter 4 mount Everest 125Chapter 5 come the optimal of the people 141Chapter 6 The path 157Chapter 7 Finalists 169Chapter 8 south Col 179Chapter 9 The Summit 189Chapter 10 Endgame 199Chapter 11 ladies on Everest 209Chapter 12 mount Tomur, Pobeda height 219Chapter 13 Aconcagua 237Chapter 14 Carstensz Pyramid 311Chapter 15 mountains of later on Life 327About Junko Masanobu Tabei 349A Son"s Tribute Shinya Tabei 355Beyond hills Setsuko Kitamura 359Life Chronology 367Glossary 379Acknowledgements 387References 389Index 391

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Honouring High Places: The hill Life that Junko Tabei:

“Translated into English and also compiled from several of Tabei’s memoirs, Honouring High locations combines gripping accounts of high-altitude risk with a fascinating glimpse right into the writer’s bold life.”-Condé Nast Traveler

“… fleshes out a portrait of a woman who defied gender stereotypes and dedicated her life to the mountains…” –Outside Magazine

“The book provides a an extensive reference to Tabei’s climbing career, as well as numerous reflections and insights, and entertaining stories with enjoyable glimpses the Tabei’s civilization through her distinctive lens.” –American Alpine Journal

“Tabei, who passed away in 2016, encouraged other ladies to end up being mountaineers, and founded the first women’s climbing society in Japan in 1969 during a time when many climbing clubs prohibition women.” –Time Magazine

“The publishing of Honouring High places in English is not only significant because that Tabei’s effective ascents, but likewise because of the detailed look it gives us into the struggles and possibilities that a climbing life: indigenous confronting the avalanche-prone alpine realm to planning explorations as a parent, come raising ecological awareness and trying to stop further environmental catastrophes.” –Alpinist Magazine

“…Rolfe created an exquisitely crafted book that is a joy to read, not only because Tabei’s story is for this reason compelling, and also her personality so delightfully admirable, but additionally because Rolfe’s writing and also editing an abilities are so carefully tuned.” –Rocky mountain Outlook

“…Tabei’s toughness of character triumphs in the face of social biases, cancer, the 2011 Fukushima earthquake and a lifetime of climbs. The result is a fascinating, moving, inspiring and also precious volume.” –Aspects: The ACC Blog

“The book’s charm lies in Tabei’s unassuming but obviously propelled nature, and also its insights into how Japanese society approaches mountaineering provides the reader through a an individual view of the climb world beyond the Anglosphere.” –Canadian Alpine Journal

“A significant book that deserves a location on your bookshelf.” –Suburban Mountaineer

“The story that a young woman who begins climbing in Japanese mountain Club culture in the 1960’s is a tale worth analysis in itself. Indigenous this facility and regularly tragic social beginning Junko Tabei goes on to a affluent life that manages to incorporate family, teaching and climbing everywhere the people well right into her late 70’s while supporting reasons related come the value of a life connected to nature and also the mountains. It is a fine named and well placed together piece of history.” –Larry Stanier, 2018 Banff Mountain book Competition Jury