On page 186, he continues:
'When a lady takes mountaineering seriously, she generally does so successfully. I think women, as a rule, have a nicer sense of balance than men, and I surmise that, structurally, balance comes easier to them. Moreover, I understand that they are built for mountain walking; they have little weight to carry, and all their strength is in the right place, besides which, though less muscular than men, they can climb rocks very well. Their greatest weakness in this respect is generally want of power in their arms … It is really delightful to see how skillfully a good cragswoman uses her feet, and there are few better lessons for the rock gymnast of the pull-and-grab school than to watch a lady expert at work. She will sometimes literally walk up a climb that has cost him a certain spell of hard labour … I use the term "weaker sex" advisedly, because women are not so strong as we are and they must remember it. Overfatigue has not infrequently permanently impaired the health of a strong man, and women are more susceptible to a similar distressing experience.
'(Footnote) … it has been remarked to me "A woman who has once overwalked herself seems doomed to be more or less and invalid for life" and "Doctors, in this age of feminine athletics, are constantly having girls on their hands who have overdone it, and will never be quite the same again".'
Rising to the challenge
From page 24 of 'Rising to the challenge: 100 years of the Ladies Scottish Climbing Club' [National Library shelfmark: HB184.108.40.2068]: