By Emily Thompson // I’ve been hiking up mountains most of my life and as such have a passion for reading and seeing films about other people’s adventures and achievements. Unfortunately these are frequently dominated by men, most of whom are household names and well sponsored, enabling them to carve out careers in mountaineering and climbing.
It’s rare to see women performing at this high level and even rarer for them to be well known. I still consider myself a newbie to climbing and can be a bit naive to the stars in this field. So ‘Operation Moffat’ was a great introduction to a female legend I really should have known more about. Gwen Moffat was the first female to achieve the status of British Mountain Guide in the 1940s and lead many female first ascents of climbing routes.
However, ‘Operation Moffat’ left me wanting to know more about Gwen now 91 years old – the film is framed by Claire’s desire to push her own limits and be a better climber and for me there could have been so much more about Gwen and her achievements as a female legend that all women should know more about, and really should be more of a household name.