Nea Morin

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Nea Morin nee Banard (21 May 1905 – 12 July 1986) was a British rock climber and mountain climber. She climbed in the Alps in the 1920s, joined the Ladies Alpine Club, and met many climbers in the French Groupe de Haute Montagne.[1] In 1928 she married Jean Morin (1897–1943) and lived in Paris. She climbed often with other women and advocated the cordée féminine, climbing only with women on a rope. After the death of her husband in World War II, she lived in Tunbridge Wells and climbed in England and Wales and was a member of the female only Pinnacle Club. In 1941 Morin had made the first ascent of Clogwyn Y Grochan the route, which is 230 feet high and graded very severe 4b, is named Nea[2]. She also led on an ascent of Curving Crack on Clogwyn du'r Arddu (the Black Cliff).[3]

In 1959 she was the only woman in the team of six British climbers who attempted to make the first accent of 6812 meter high Ama Dablam in Nepal[4].

Her autobiography, A Woman's Reach (1968), describes her climbing and the achievement of other women in the mountains.


  1. ^ "Morin [née Barnard], Nea Everilda (1905–1986), rock climber and mountaineer | Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-52568. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Clogwyn y Grochan". Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  3. ^ "Morin, Nea (1906–1986) - Dictionary definition of Morin, Nea (1906–1986) | FREE online dictionary". Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  4. ^ Molenaar, Maurice Isserman and Stewart Weaver ; with maps and peak sketches by Dee (2008). Fallen giants : a history of Himalayan Mountaineering from the age of empire to the age of extremes. New Haven: Yale University Press. p. 341-343. ISBN 0300164203.