American Masters

Annie Smith Peck: Record-Breaking Mountaineer

Clip: 06/10/2020 | 10m 40s | Video has closed captioning.

Annie Smith Peck, one of the first women in America to become a college professor in the fields of Latin, elocution, and archaeology, took up mountain climbing in her forties. She gained international fame in 1895 when she first summited the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps -- not for her daring ascent, but because she undertook the climb wearing pants rather than a cumbersome skirt.

Aired: 06/10/20

Rating: NR

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