Badass Outdoor Women

As part of Women’s History Month, Ibex’s web developer, Amanda Kievet shared with us some of the women who inspired her. These portraits illustrate 9 badass women, who’ve inspired all through their feats as mountaineers, environmentalists and bicyclists.

Annie Smith Peck

Annie Smith Peck (1850-1935) — American mountaineer, lecturer and writer. She ascended Matterhorn wearing pants and a long tunic, prompting public debate about what women should do and can be.

Heather Anish Anderson

Heather “Anish” Anderson (1981) — American hiker and ultra runner. She set the Appalachian Trail un-supported speed record in 2015 finishing in just 54 days, 7 hours, 48 mins.

Fay Fuller

Fay Fuller (1869 – 1958) — American mountaineer, journalist and schoolteacher. She was the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Rainier and was very involved with establishing the Washington mountaineering community.

Hallie Daggett

Hallie Daggett (1878 – 1964) — American naturalist. She was the first full time female naturalist hired by the National Park Service, working as a fire lookout for 14 years at isolated in Klamath National Forest.

Karen Darke

Karen Darke (1971) — British paralympic cyclist, paratriathlete, adventurer and author. After a paralyzing rock climbing fall, she went on to cross Greenland’s ice cap using skis and a kayak from Canada to Alaska, and a hand cycle over the Himalayas. She won a silver medal in the Paralympics.

Margaret Murie

Margaret Murie (1902 – 2003) — American naturalist and author. Known as the “Grandmother of the Conservation Movement”, Murie helped create and expand the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson (1907 – 1964) — American marine biologist and conservationist. Her book “Silent Spring” about chemical pollution sparked the American grassroots environmental movement which led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Annie Londonderry

Annie Londonderry (1870 – 1947) — First woman to bicycle around the world. Londonderry set out to win a gentleman’s bet and succeeded, turning heads due to her men’s bike and clothing.

Billie Flemming

Billie Flemming (1914 – 2014) — British cyclist. She set the women’s record for greatest distance cycled in a year in 1938: 29,603.7 miles. Her record stood until 2016.

Illustration: Amanda Kievet