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Hand-Printed Limited Edition Freda du Faur Poems

Sarah M. Smith, Book Arts Printer from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, was the 2016 Printer in Residence at Otakou Press, University of Otago. Sarah hand-printed a volume of poetry by poet Rhian Gallagher on the climbing activities of Freda Du Faur; this wonderful production has been illustrated by print maker Lynn Taylor.

Limited edition: 100 copies for sale. Cost $120.00 (incl GST)

To arrange purchase, email Donald Kerr at Special Collections, University of Otago.

Freda Du Faur (born in Australia, 1882–1935) was the first woman to climb Aoraki-Mt Cook (1910). The ascent made in six hours broke the record at the time. Together with guides Peter Graham and Darby Thompson she also accomplished the first Grand Traverse of all three peaks of Aoraki-Mt Cook. This climb is still regarded as an arduous and daring feat.

Freda defied convention bivouacing unchaperoned over-night with male guides. She rejected the social constraints around dress, designing her own climbing apparel with comfort and safety in mind. Her climbing achievements demolished the notion that high altitude climbing was out of bounds for women, making it easier for women mountaineers who followed in her wake.

Poet Rhian Gallagher has written this work in response to Freda’s four seasons climbing in the Southern Alps and in response to the extraordinary environment of the Alps themselves.

Freda du Faur Southern Alps pages 2

Posted: 26/09/16

Posted By: Margaret McMahon