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Subject: Excerpt Of History
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2004 08:42:18 EDT


Tuesday, October 19, 2004
ANNIE PECK DAY


(http://www.loe.org/series/discovery_women/peck.php)
On this day in 1850, a baby girl was born in New York City, destined to
become one of the world’s renowned mountain climbers. Her name was Annie. Annie
Smith Peck.
When Annie turned 45, she gained international recognition by climbing the
Matterhorn -- and we’re not talking about the Disney ride here, but the real
thing in the Swiss Alps. Annie would probably have loved the song, Ain’t No
Mountain High Enough. After the Matterhorn, she took on 21,812 foot-high
Huascaran, a mountain peak in Peru. She accomplished the feat gaining the
distinction of being the first American to reach this high a pinnacle in the Western
Hemisphere.
Then, Mt. Coropuna, also in Peru, proved no obstacle. It was a mere 562 feet
shorter than Huascaran. Not bad for a 61-year-old woman. When Annie got to
the top of this mountain she placed a banner there that said, “Votes for Women.

Why did Annie Peck climb those peaks? Because they were there...


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