A collection of personal stories and reflections based on the memoirs of Junko Tabei, the first woman to climb Mount Everest and the Seven Summits.
Honouring High Places is a compelling collection of highlights from Junko Tabei’s stirring life that she considered important, inspiring and interesting to mountaineering culture. Until now, her works have been available only in Japanese, and RMB is honoured to be sharing these profound and moving stories with the English-speaking world for the first time.
The collection opens on Mount Everest, where the first all-women’s expedition is met with disaster but pushes on against all odds. The story then shifts to the early years of Tabei’s life and reflects on her countryside childhood as a frail girl with no talent for sport, and cultural expectations that ignored her passion for mountains.
With reminiscences of the early days of female climbers on Everest, the deaths of fellow mountaineers, Tabei’s pursuit of Mount Tomur, a cancer diagnosis, and efforts to restore a love for nature in the surviving youth of the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, this beautifully curated collection of essays captures the essence of a notable time and the strength of character of one of the 20th and 21st centuries’ female mountaineering pioneers.
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About the Author
Junko Tabei (1939-2016) was born in Miharu, a small town in Fukushima prefecture, north of Tokyo. She passed away on October 20, 2016, and is survived by her beloved husband, Masanobu Tabei, daughter Noriko and son Shinya.
Helen Y. Rolfe is a professional writer and editor, and the author of Women Explorers: One Hundred Years of Courage and Audacity. She lives in Canmore, Alberta.
Table of Contents
Author's Note 9
Introduction Setsuko Kitamura 11
Chapter 1 Avalanche! 21
Chapter 2 The Meaning of Mountains 35
Chapter 3 Annapurna III 69
Chapter 4 Mount Everest 125
Chapter 5 To the Top of the World 141
Chapter 6 The Route 157
Chapter 7 Finalists 169
Chapter 8 South Col 179
Chapter 9 The Summit 189
Chapter 10 Endgame 199
Chapter 11 Women on Everest 209
Chapter 12 Mount Tomur, Pobeda Peak 219
Chapter 13 Aconcagua 237
Chapter 14 Carstensz Pyramid 311
Chapter 15 Mountains of Later Life 327
About Junko Masanobu Tabei 349
A Son's Tribute Shinya Tabei 355
Beyond Mountains Setsuko Kitamura 359
Life Chronology 367