Honouring High Places: The Mountain Life of Junko Tabei
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Praise for Honouring High Places: The Mountain Life of Junko Tabei:
"Translated into English and compiled from several of Tabei's memoirs, Honouring High Places combines gripping accounts of high-altitude danger with a fascinating glimpse into the writer's bold life."
-Condé Nast Traveler
"...[Honouring High Places] fleshes out a portrait of a woman who defied gender stereotypes and dedicated her life to the mountains..."-Outside Magazine
"The book provides a comprehensive reference to Tabei's climbing career, as well as numerous reflections and insights, and entertaining stories with enjoyable glimpses of Tabei's world through her unique lens."-American Alpine Journal
"Tabei, who died in 2016, encouraged other women to become mountaineers, and founded the first women's climbing club in Japan in 1969 during a time when most climbing clubs banned women."-Time Magazine
"The publication of Honouring High Places in English is not only significant because of Tabei's successful ascents, but also because of the in-depth look it gives us into the struggles and possibilities of a climbing life: from confronting the avalanche-prone alpine realm to planning expeditions as a parent, to raising environmental awareness and trying to prevent further ecological catastrophes."
"...Rolfe created an exquisitely crafted book that is a joy to read, not only because Tabei's story is so compelling, and her character so delightfully admirable, but also because Rolfe's writing and editing skills are so finely tuned."-Rocky Mountain Outlook
"...Tabei's strength of character triumphs in the face of cultural biases, cancer, the 2011 Fukushima earthquake and a lifetime of climbs. The result is a fascinating, moving, inspiring and precious volume."-Aspects: The ACC Blog
"The book's charm lies in Tabei's unassuming but obviously driven nature, and its insights into how Japanese society approaches mountaineering provides the reader with a personal view of the climbing world beyond the Anglosphere."-Canadian Alpine Journal
"A significant book that deserves a place on your bookshelf."-Suburban Mountaineer
"The story of a young woman who begins climbing in Japanese Mountain Club culture in the 1960's is a tale worth reading in itself. From this complex and often tragic social beginning Junko Tabei goes on to a rich life that manages to include family, teaching and climbing all over the world well into her late 70's while supporting causes related to the value of a life connected to nature and the mountains. It is a well named and well put together piece of history."
-Larry Stanier, 2018 Banff Mountain Book Competition Jury