Newlywed Evelyn Berens did not know she would be starting a fad when she went through her husband’s wardrobe looking for suitable mountain-climbing attire for her honeymoon in 1901.
Many remarkable women followed Evelyn’s lead and rebelled against traditional attire – long dresses and corsets – by donning pants as they set out to explore the beauty of the Selkirk and Rocky mountains. One of the most well known of these women was Georgia Engelhard, who despite having a fear of heights ended up taking a liking to the sport and put up 32 first ascents in Canada. Soon she was scrambling up mountain peaks so quickly her guides, the Feuz brothers, claimed that, “she needs a mountain goat, not a guide” and often joked about putting rocks in her pack to slow her down. In 1929, she conquered nine peaks in nine days and her passion for rock climbing grew to equal that of any of her male counterparts of the same era.
In celebration of the many adventurers that have shaped Glacier National Park over the past 125 years, Parks Canada has unveiled a new exhibit at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre sharing the stories of the daring young women – such as Georgia Engelhard – who donned pants and explored our rich mountain wilderness. GeorgIa’s cropped hair and comfort wearing pants often got her in trouble as many
mistook her for a boy rather than a young lady. Today, you can try on a metal replica of Georgia’s pants at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre and pose for a picture with Mount Tupper towering behind you. Read More