AMC member Dot McLaughlin ascends Katahdin’s Pamola Peak in this 1939 photo series. Climbing in the Northeast remained an all-male affair until the early 1800s, when women began making their way up the region’s high points. Recognizing the changing times would be a key factor in AMC’s early success. Indeed, women were among the club’s most adventurous explorers. The 1887 August Camp at Katahdin consisted of nine men and 10 women, while the club’s earliest winter excursions to Mount Washington often boasted more women than men. “The decision not to remain an all-men preserve was a vital one for AMC’s success in becoming the dominant outdoor club in the Northeast,” write Guy and Laura Waterman in Forest and Crag.
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