Richardson, Katy (1864–1927)

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Richardson, Katy (1864–1927)

English mountaineer. Born Kathleen Richardson in 1864; died in 1927; lived and climbed with French mountaineer Mary Paillon at Oullins, near Lyons, France.

Made 6 first ascents and 14 first ascents by a woman; climbed the Aiguille de Bionnassay and traversed the Eastern Ridge to the Dôme du Goûter (1888).

Between 1882 and 1893, Katy Richardson made over 100 major ascents, including the first traverse of the East Ridge and Ice Ridge to the Dôme du Goûter. The last few years of her climbing career, she shared the rope with her companion Mary Paillon .