Christine Reid

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Christine Lincoln Reid
Christine L. Reid.jpg
Christine L. Reid in the Dolomites, 1936
BornMay 8, 1906
DiedMay 4, 1990
Other namesPussy Reid, Pooh Reid

Christine Lincoln Reid (May 8, 1906 - May 4, 1990) was a mountaineer and filmmaker, the first woman to climb Mount Columbia in Canada. [1] Reid started mountain climbing in her early 20s. Her early ascents included Assiniboine and the Grand Teton. [1] In 1936 she made many climbs in the Dolomites; discovering a new route on the Piz Popena south wall, which is named Via Christine for her.[2]

She was also an early film maker and documentarian. Her 16mm silent film "Klettershuh: Climbing in the Dolomites" was featured at the Tenth Annual Little Movie Party in 1939 at the Barbizon-Plaza Theatre, in New York, NY.[3][4] Another silent film, "Fundamentals of Skiing" showed a man demonstrating skiing basics at the foot of the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland while title cards give added explanation and instruction.[5]

Reid was on the editorial board of Appalachia. She wrote for the American Alpine Journal, the Boston Transcript and the Boston Globe.[6] She helped develop the New England chapter of the Explorer's Club and was a member of the Women's Travel Club and trustee of the American Alpine Club Research Fund. [7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Reid was born on May 8, 1906, to William Thomas Reid Jr. and Christine William Lincoln.[9] Reid married Philip Dana Orcutt in 1941. The marriage ended in divorce in 1955.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Christine Lincoln Reid, 1906-1990 - in memoriam". American Alpine Club. 1991. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  2. ^ "Filmmakers - AMDB". Christine L. Reid (in French). Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  3. ^ "Moving Images". Northeast Historic FilmNortheast Historic Film : NHF collection : Reid Family Collection [Reid Family Collection]. 1929-10-28. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  4. ^ "Films - AMDB". Climbing in the Dolomites (in French). Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  5. ^ richard, Emma. "The adventurous types get all the attention". Northeast Historic Film. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  6. ^ Laskow, Sarah (June 12, 2018). "The Pioneering Mountain Climber and Skier Who Filmed Her Own Exploits". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  7. ^ "AAC Publications - Search The American Alpine Journal and Accidents". American Alpine Club Research Fund, 1946. 1945-12-31. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  8. ^ "Photographs of Christine L. Reid, 1930-1965". Harvard University Library. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  9. ^ Secretary's Third Report - Class of 1901. Cambridge MA: Harvard College. p. 304. Retrieved 27 January 2019.