The Elizabeth Hawley Story
In a post-World War II era during which few women lived
and traveled independently, American journalist Elizabeth Hawley settled alone in
Kathmandu, Nepal. There, despite having never climbed a mountain, Miss Hawley
carved out a niche for herself as the foremost Himalayan mountaineering
historian in the world. Now 88, she has recorded more than 80,000 Himalayan expedition
ascents and her reports are trusted by news organizations and publications around the globe.
She has both sparked and help resolve climbing controversies and her fastidious
reports and thorough interviews with climbers have helped maintain the integrity of
This is the story of an independent woman who played an
unlikely key role in the Golden Age of Himalayan mountaineering, who lived life on
her own terms at the edge of the troposphere, and who defied the traditional gender
roles of her day. "Keeper of the Mountains" chronicles Miss Hawley's extraordinary
life and the challenges she currently faces as she tries to maintain the mountaineering
archives and her independence while dealing with advancing age and a rapidly changing world.
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