Peck’s Bio

A Woman’s Place Is at the Top: The Biography of Annie Smith Peck is now available on Amazon. You can order it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and IndieBound.

You can also check out more images of Peck on my Instagram Page.

Annie Smith Peck was a popular figure as a climber, explorer and suffragist at the turn of the last century. Peck climbed Matterhorn in 1895 (at the age of forty-five), which brought her instant fame – not because of her climb, but because of what she wore to scale the peak: a pair of pants (instead of a long skirt). Her climbing costume was a feat in itself, as news accounts during this time of women being arrested for wearing men’s attire were not uncommon. She held the record for conquering the second highest peak ascended in the western hemisphere in 1908. Peck fought for women’s suffrage and participated in politics before she had the right to vote. She was honored and celebrated by not only America, but by South American countries as well. The northern peak of Mount Huascarán in Peru is named after Peck. She accomplished all of this as an unmarried woman, leading her own expeditions. NAA Photo Lot 24

There are over 100 news articles about and by Peck between 1900 and 1930, which discuss her achievements in climbing and exploration, her many public lectures, women’s suffrage, politics, and popular culture. She lectured throughout the United States and South America and published numerous articles and four books on that part of the world. However, after 1935, when Peck died, news coverage of her died as well, leaving us without her legacy, until now.




8 thoughts on “Peck’s Bio

  1. Shannon Peck

    The peck gene is still living and thriving in the climbing world!!! Thank you for sharing this info!

  2. Hope Moore

    Hello Hannah,

    I’m the Community Business Manager at the Peabody Barnes & Noble. I work with authors to promote their books in our store. We’d love to set up a signing with you! Could you please email me at, to let me know if you are interested? I’m currently looking at authors for September and October.

    Thank you!

    Hope Moore
    Community Business Development Manager
    Peabody Barnes & Noble


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