Passport photographs of Dorothy Pilley Richards and I. A. Richards, ca. 1920s-30s.
Richards/Pilley Family Archive. Reproduced with kind permission of the Richards/Pilley Family.

Dorothy Richards, née Pilley


Dorothy Pilley Richards, (1894–1986), daughter of an industrial chemist; journalist and climber; worked as a reporter (for a while at the Daily Express) before marrying I. A. Richards in 1926. She and Richards scaled mountains all over the world. Her Climbing Days (1935) recounts some of their exploits in the Alps, notably including a first ascent of a major route on the Dent Blanche. See further Dan Richards, Climbing Days (2017); Sarah Lonsdale, Rebel Women Between the Wars: Fearless Writers and Adventurers (Manchester, 2020).