29 July 2010
Pilley and Richards 002: More Info on the Japanese Photograph: Dorothy Pilley (1894-1986), Female Mountaineer (Japanese Photograph, 1927)
She married Ivor in December 1926 in Honolulu during a two-year world tour, which included the Canadian and American Rockies. In 1927 she ended the tour trekking in the Himalayas and then the Alps. I cannot find a reference to Japan in 1927. Her husband's academic positions took them to Peking in 1929-30, Yunnan Japanese Alps and Korea in 1936-8, and then on to the USA from 1939 to 1974 ( I will write about him next as he is also very interesting). She wrote a book in 1935 called 'Climbing Days' (already on order from Amazon). I will be scouring it for Japanese references when it arrives!
She became the first vice-president of the Alpine Club in 1975. I found a lovely piece on her that stated that "she spent her last New Year, aged 91, at the climbers' hut at Glen Brittle, Skye, drinking whisky and talking mountains with a party of Scottish climbers". She died aged 91 in 1986 and left no children. (Some info found: Carol A. Osborne, ‘Richards , Dorothy Eleanor (1894–1986)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004)
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