Pavla Jesih (May 10, 1901 – December 12, 1976) was a Slovenian mountaineer and female entrepreneur.[1]

Pavla Jesih
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Personal information
Born(1901-05-10)May 10, 1901
Ljubljana, Slovenia
DiedDecember 12, 1976(1976-12-12) (aged 75)
Climbing career
Type of climberrock and alpine climbing
Updated on 24 September 2017.

She was born in Ljubljana and learned to climb with Slovenia's Club Skala. In 1925 she and Dana Kuraltova completed the first Slovenian all-female ascent of the Slovenian Route on the north face of Triglav.[2][3]

Between 1926 until 1933 she made 18 first ascents on technical routes on peaks such as Triglav (variant through the window, Skala direction, Jug Pillar), Škrlatica (Levi Pillar, Scale Pillar), Široka Peč, Špik (Šalek direction), Šite, Travnik, Frdamane Police, Jalovec, Rakova Špica, and some others. She most often climbed into the company of Miro Marko, Milan Gostiša, Jože Lipovec, Mihe Potočnik, Stanka Tominšek, and Joža Čop. She is perhaps best known for climbing the central Triglav Pillar, now named Čop's Pillar (Čopov steber). On the third day of her climb on Čop's Pillar, Pavla became too exhausted to continue, and so her partner Joča Čop finished the route on his own and then went for help. When rescue arrived on her fifth day on the route, Pavla climbed the route on her own without assistance and gained credit for the first ascent alongside Joža.[4]

In 1933 Pavla fell 30 meters (98 ft) on the craggy peak of Mojstrovka. During her long recovery during the Second World War, she opened a successful chain of cinemas[2] in the Drava Banovina and Yugoslavia, she owned the cinema hall Metropol and the Union cinema in Celje, then in Ptuj, and finally the Matica cinema in Ljubljana. Among other things, she was also an innovator in subtitling techniques.


  1. ^ "Medvojni alpinistični matriarhat: dve plezalki preplezali tretjino vseh prvenstvenih smeri". (in Slovenian). Retrieved 2022-09-21.
  2. ^ a b "Local Hero -". Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  3. ^ "Pavla Jesih: Alpinistka in lastnica verige kinematografov". Dnevnik. Retrieved 2022-09-21.
  4. ^ McDonald, Bernadette (2015). Alpine Warriors. Rocky Mountain Books. pp. 23, 24. ISBN 1771601094.