The Summit of Her Ambition: book launch and author talk about the Spirited Life of Marie Byles
Marie Byles triumphed over the chauvinistic legal profession and a society that viewed women as second-class by establishing a successful legal practice.
A devoted bushwalker and conservationist, Marie was a zealous advocate for wilderness and helped reserve vast tracts of land for national parks.
An avid explorer-mountaineer, Marie climbed Mt Cook and mapped previously unexplored areas of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Her failure to achieve the summit of a mountain in Yunnan Province in 1938 became the catalyst for a journey into realms not found on a map.
Marie Byles’ life story has powerful narratives about human rights, conservation, ecology, feminism and spirituality.