Home

   Firsts

   TimeLine

   Routes

Everest 1924-2004

   Introduction

   Dispatches 2004
  
Q&A

   Articles

   Clues

   Who's Who 1924

   Theories

   Books & More

   Sponsors

   Archive

   About us

Summits by Year

     1950's

     1960's

     1970's

     1980-85

     1986

     1987

     1988

     1989

     1990

     1991

     1992

     1993

     1994

     1995

     1996

EverestNews.com
   Today's News
   8000 Meters Facts
  
Banners Ads
   Bookstore
  
Contact
   E-mail (Free)
  
Educational
  
Expeditions
  
Games
  
Gear
  
History
  
Mailing List

   News (current)
   Speakers
   Readers Guide
   Risks
   Visitor Agreement

 

    
  

 

  




EverestHistory.com:  Alison Hargreaves


British climber, Alison Hargreaves reached celebrity status in 1995 when she became the first women to summit Mount Everest without the aid of Sherpas or bottled oxygen. She was only the second person in history to reach the top of Everest unaided; the first person was Reinhold Messner in 1980. Hargreaves had a goal of climbing the world’s three highest peaks unaided, Everest, K2 and Kanchenjunga.

 

Alison was a mother of two and began to experience some bad press and double standards just before her Everest climb. Though she had been climbing for years, she had gone fairly unnoticed. Suddenly the climbing community and the press began to question whether it was morally responsible for a mother to leave her small children at home to climb. Her past climbs were also put into question; Alison had climbed Eiger Nordwand in 1988 while she was 6 month pregnant. Her response to this criticism was that she was pregnant, not sick and that she had thought about taking her husband and children with her to base camp, but she feels it’s rather “inhospitable” there. Besides, none of her male climbing partners had brought their young families along for the climb.

 

Just three months after her successful unaided summit of Mount Everest, Alison was killed after reaching the summit of K2. The climb to the summit took over 12 hours and what had started out as a beautiful clear day ended in the clouds with winds up to 140mph. Six climbers died that day on K2. Alison did become the first women to reach its summit without aid. Her body has never been found.

 

The following year in 1996, her husband Jim Ballard accompanied by their two children made a pilgrimage to Pakistan to stand in the shadow of K2. Both of Alison’s children have developed an interest in climbing and Jim would like to make it his profession.

 
Altitech2: Digital Altimeter, Barometer, Compass and Thermometer. Time/Date/Alarms. Chronograph with 24 hour working range. Timer with stop, repeat and up function. Rotating Bezel. Leveling bubble. Carabiner latch. E.L. 3 second backlight. Water resistant. 4" x 2-1/4" x 3/4" 2 oz. Requires 1 CR2032 battery. See more here.
 




  Altitude pre-
  
acclimatization

   Ascenders

   Atlas snowshoes

   Black Diamond

   Botas

   Brunton

   Carabiners

   CaVa Climbing Shoes
   Clearance

   CMI

   Crampons

   Edelweiss ropes
  
Eureka Tents

   Featured

   Garmin

   Granite Gear

   Harnesses
   Headlamps
   Helmets

   HighGear
   Ice Axes

   Kavu Eyewear

   Katadyn

   Kong

   Lekisport

   Motorola

   Nalgene

   New England Ropes

   Nikwax

   Omega

   Outdoor Designs

   Pelican

   Princeton Tec

   Prescription Glacier

   Glasses

   Primus

   Rope Bags
  
Sleeping Bags

   Stubai

   Suunto

   Tents

   Trekking Poles
   Ushba
  
and more here

 



  



Send email to     •   Copyright© 1998-2005 EverestNews.com
All rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Disclaimer, Privacy Policy, Visitor Agreement, Legal Notes: Read it