Join us at the legion on May 16th at 7pm to hear Helen Rolfe speak about her book, Honouring High Places: The Mountain Life of Junko Tabei. Open to all!
Helen Rolfe is a local author and editor, with a focus in mountain literature and mountain safety. Honouring High Places: The Mountain Life of Junko Tabei (Rocky Mountain Books, 2017) is Rolfe’s second book; Women Explorers: One Hundred Years of Courage and Audacity (Heritage House Publishing, 2003) is her first.
Japan’s Junko Tabei was the first woman to climb Mount Everest and to complete the Seven Summits, both significant events in mountaineering history. Raised in a strict Japanese culture, Tabei’s climbing feats broke the norm for women in her country and worldwide. Her role as a national hero after Everest enabled Tabei to be an influential spokesperson for mountain culture and the environment. Fuelled by the love of exploring new places, Tabei shaped her entire life around climbing. She passed away in 2016 at age 77.
Join Helen Rolfe in her presentation of Honouring High Places as she discusses the writing process of the first English telling of Tabei’s life. The production of this book was a unique experience that involved a triangle of conversation between Tabei, Rolfe and translator Yumiko Hiraki. Mixed with readings, stories of recent travels to Japan to meet the Tabei family, and a slideshow, this presentation shares the human element of both the climber and the writer.