kenneth d. smith


Elizabeth after the descent from Piz Morteratsch, Switzerland, 1883

Elizabeth Hawkins-Whitshed was a British pioneer of mountaineering in a time when it was almost unheard of for a woman to climb mountains. She moved to Switzerland, where she climbed mountains in her skirt. She wrote seven books on mountain climbing and over her lifetime climbed twenty peaks that no one had climbed before. As Mrs Aubrey Le Blond she made at least 10 films of alpine activities in the Engadine Valley of Switzerland.

photo: Kenneth D. Smith (bottom)