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Stacy Allison Oral History Interview. July 21, 2014

Stacy Allison Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.

July 21, 2014

Location:  Allison residence, Portland, Oregon.

Stacy Allison (b. 1958) grew up on a farm near Woodburn, Oregon before attending OSU as an undergraduate majoring in Nutrition. While at Oregon State, Allison discovered a passion for mountain climbing that ultimately led to her dropping out of school in favor of pursuing the summits of many of the world's highest peaks. In September 1988, Allison made history when she became the first U.S. woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In addition to her noteworthy career as a mountaineer, Allison has also developed successful businesses as a motivational speaker and a general contractor. Her interview focuses on her early climbing years in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, her two expeditions to Mount Everest, the advancement of women in mountaineering from the 1980s to present day, and her career outside of mountain climbing.