Honouring High Places: The Mountain Life of Junko Tabei


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$32.00  $29.76
Rocky Mountain Books Incorporated
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6.4 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.65 pounds

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About the Author

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.

Yumiko Hiraki was born in Osaka, Japan, and moved to Canada in 1988. She worked as a mountain guide and had the great luck to meet Junko on various hiking and ski trips in the Canadian Rockies. She lives in Banff, Alberta.

Rieko Holtved was born in Ehime, Japan, and moved to Canada in 1997. She worked as a trip coordinator and had the pleasure of meeting Junko while organizing hikes in the Canadian Rockies. She lives in Canmore, Alberta.


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."
-Alpinist Magazine

"...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