Valley of Giants: Stories from Women at the Heart of Yosemite Climbing

Valley of Giants: Stories from Women at the Heart of Yosemite Climbing

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Though long overlooked, women have always been at the centre of Yosemite--climbing, crafting equipment, and establishing new routes. In Valley of Giants, editor and climber Lauren DeLaunay Miller pulls together journal excerpts, original essays, interviews, archival materials, and memorable firsts that span the past century of climbing in the Valley.

This first-ever collection of both famed and untold stories from women at the heart of Yosemite climbing gathers almost 40 contributors, from Bea Vogel who forged her own pitons to Molly Higgins who participated in the first all-female ascent of the Nose on El Capitan to Liz Robbins who established routes in Yosemite Valley during the Golden Age. Astonishing Stonemasters like Lynn Hill, as well as many other notable climbers, including Steph Davis, Kate Rutherford, Beth Rodden, Chelsea Griffie, Libby Sauter, and more share their recollections of the exhilaration they felt up on the wall and the determination it took to get there. As Mari Gingery, one of the first women to climb the Shield on El Cap, writes in the foreword, "the stories feature a medley of intrepid female characters" who "offer fresh perspectives."

Organized into five distinct eras in Yosemite climbing history, this groundbreaking anthology captures a range of stories from heartbreaking losses to soaring joys, trip reports of significant ascents to moments that convey the larger essence of the Valley--and what it means to call this iconic place "home."

"Long overdue anthology highlights women in Yosemite climbing history." – Climbing Magazine

  • Contributors include Lynn Hill, Steph Davis, Liz Robbins, Beth Rodden, Kate Rutherford, Katie Brown and more
  • Introduction by Mari Gingery
  • Author is deeply connected with the Valley community through her work with Yosemite Search and Rescue (YOSAR)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 256 pages, 15.24 x 1.91 x 21.59 cm
  • Published:  April 1, 2022
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books
  • Language: English
  • Item weight: 386 g

About the Author

Lauren DeLaunay Miller has dedicated her life to exploring the mountains of the world and telling stories of underrepresented people. DeLaunay Miller is deeply involved in the climbing community, serving as vice president of the Bishop Area Climbers Coalition and event coordinator for the American Alpine Club. Her creative work has been featured in the Climbing Zine, and she is a regional editor for the AAC's publications, the American Alpine JournalAccidents in North American Climbing, and the Cutting Edge podcast. After three years with YOSAR (Yosemite Search and Rescue), she is embarking on a new adventure at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. DeLaunay Miller lives in Bishop, California, with her husband and rescue pup. Follow her online or on Instagram @laurendelaunaymiller.

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