Freda Du Faur (1882–1935) grew up in the Australian bush, far from any mountains. Visiting New Zealand in 1906 she grew interested in climbing, and in 1910 became the first woman to summit New Zealand's highest peak, 12,218-ft Mt. Cook. Three years later she returned and completed the 'Grand Traverse' of the mountain's three distinct summits, an extraordinary accomplishment. Her female friends implored her not to risk her reputation by going off alone with male guides and climbers for days, but she declared “that if my reputation was so fragile a thing that it would not bear such a test, then I would be very well rid of a useless article.” This 1915 account of her exploits, published after moving to England, cemented her reputation as a trailblazing mountaineer.