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Parallel platforms and safe havens
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The ‘outdoors’ during the interwar years was coded masculine and sexist attitudes to women walkers and mountaineers meant that their activities in the wild were severely curtailed and criticised. This chapter examines the strategy of Dorothy Pilley, a brilliant mountaineer who constructed an alternative route via which women could climb and write about their climbing free from male censorship and criticism. The Pinnacle Club and its journal were the first feminist climbing club and publication wherein women could find a public platform to write about their climbing feats without masculine interference. This chapter also examines the interwar climbing press, the Alpine Club, as well as Pilley’s journalism and her difficulty in reconciling her love for her eventual husband with the idea that marriage entailed servitude.

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