First Ladies

When I hear the name Lucy Walker I imagine a character in a Jane Austen novel with perfect hair, a fan and a dashing suitor leaving bunches of wild flowers and calling cards. What I don’t imagine is a woman mountaineer climbing one of the highest peaks in Europe, in a dress, in 1871!

The Matterhorn in the Alps is a mere 4,478 meters (14,692 ft) high, one of the highest summits in the Alps. Lucy Walker was the first woman to climb it …again, in a dress, at age 35! 

Her dress didn’t have 6 secret pockets like our Beryl and La Roche dresses do. They weren’t light weight or crinkle resistant either, in fact her dress most likely weighed over twenty pounds, the equivalent of carrying a small child all the way up that steep incline!!!

zermatt-matterhorn - functional dresses for walking
History telling by qdai - skirts with pockets

When I hear the name Lucy Walker I imagine a character in a Jane Austen novel with perfect hair, a fan and a dashing suitor leaving bunches of wild flowers and calling cards. What I don’t imagine is a woman mountaineer climbing one of the highest peaks in Europe, in a dress, in 1871!

The Matterhorn in the Alps is a mere 4,478 meters (14,692 ft) high, one of the highest summits in the Alps. Lucy Walker was the first woman to climb it …again, in a dress, at age 35! 

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