In Memory


Marty Hoey was a climber on the 1982 expedition to Mount Everest. She was killed during the climb, when she plunged over the edge of the Great Couloir. The cause of her death was an unsecured harness. Following this a new, more secure, knot was developed for climbing ropes and named the Marty Hoey knot in her honor.

Marty was the first woman mountain climbing guide to be hired at Mt. Rainier Mountaineering. Lou Whittaker at first was convinced that a woman could never have the strength and endurance required for the job. Marty had to take a job as cook for the climbers at 10,000 foot Camp Muir for a couple of years before being given the opportunity to prove herself.


NOTE:  Though Marty went to high school at Annie Wright in Tacoma, many of us knew her through junior high.


Click here to see Marty's last Profile entry.