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Elephant Tale
(Littleton), [Self-Published], 1965. From the author of Give Me the Hills, an early advocate of "manless climbing," and a climber on the first all-female ascents of the Matterhorn and the Grepon, among many other accomplishments, this is a rare pamphlet documenting a night and day spent lost, with Louise Baldwin, while on a descent from Elephant Mountain, a trailless peak on the list of New England's Hundred Highest. Told with humor, self-awareness, and the wisdom of a then-67 year-old mountaineer. Small 20-page pamphlet, with photo, and with one illustration (by Mary Ogden Abbott). Only one copy in OCLC, at the University of Maine's Fogler Library. Mildly sunned near the stapled spine; else fine. Offered together with Underhill's strikingly illustrated article "Manless Alpine Climbing" in the August, 1934 issue of National Geographic. [#034622] $450

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