1978 American Women's Himalayan Expedition

Recreating history

We’re recreating history with Arlene Blum, known for her
groundbreaking role in women’s mountaineering.

In 1978, Arlene Blum led a team that was 13 women strong from San Francisco to the dangerous peaks of the Nepal Himalayas. At that time, only eight men had summited Annapurna I and Blum’s team was challenged to navigate steep slopes and avalanches during their ascent. Their successful summit proved that women have the skill, strength, and courage to scale one of the toughest mountains in the world.

We worked with Arlene Blum to recreate the original T-shirt that funded the first American—and all-women’s ascent of Annapurna I. The American Women’s Himalayan Expedition ultimately raised more than $80,000 by selling classic T-shirts that made a simple statement: A Woman’s Place is on Top. In the spirit of equal opportunity exploration, we’re donating 100% of our T-shirt revenue to SheJumps, a nonprofit organization that gets women and girls involved in outdoor activities.*

1978 American Women's Himalayan Expedition
A woman’s place was on top of Annapurna,
or anywhere she chose to go.

The shirt that made it possible

We worked with Arlene Blum to recreate the original T-shirt that funded the first American—and all-women’s ascent of Annapurna I. The American Women’s Himalayan Expedition ultimately raised more than $80,000 by selling classic T-shirts that made a simple statement: A Woman’s Place is on Top. In the spirit of equal opportunity exploration, we’re donating 100% of our T-shirt revenue to SheJumps, a nonprofit organization that gets women and girls involved in outdoor activities.*

In 1978, Arlene Blum led a team that was 13 women strong from San Francisco to the dangerous peaks of the Nepal Himalayas. At that time, only eight men had summited Annapurna I and Blum’s team was challenged to navigate steep slopes and avalanches during their ascent. Their successful summit proved that women have the skill, strength, and courage to scale one of the toughest mountains in the world.

Women on top of their game

Following the footsteps of female trailblazers before them, the next generation of women explorers continue to break down walls and create new paths forward. With each peak they bag and finish line they race across, our women athletes prove that strength comes in all shape and sizes. Don’t try and stop them, just try to keep up.

1978 American Women's Himalayan Expedition

Annapurna: A Woman’s Place

Read Arlene Blum’s unflinchingly honest account of the triumphs and tragedies the team encountered on their quest to reach the top of Annapurna I.

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*Through June 30, 2017, The North Face will donate to SheJumps all revenue, including purchase price (excluding shipping and taxes) for our ‘A Woman’s Place is on Top’ logo T-shirt and hoodie.