Elizabeth Hawley

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Elizabeth Hawley
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Born November 9, 1923 
Died January 26, 2018  (aged 94)

Elizabeth Ann Hawley (November 9, 1923 – January 26, 2018)[1] was an American journalist and chronicler of Himalayan expeditions. She travelled to Nepal in February 1959 and never left.

Hawley was born in Chicago, Illinois. She was educated at the University of Michigan. She moved to Nepal after giving up her job as a researcher for Fortune magazine in New York and visiting Kathmandu on a round-the-world trip. Working briefly as a reporter, Hawley went back to San Francisco, returning to Nepal a few years later as journalist for Time.[2]

She found work with the Reuters news agency covering mountaineering news, including the 1963 American expedition that was the first from the United States to traverse Mount Everest.[3] Her activities won her the nickname "The Sherlock Holmes of the Mountaineering World".[4]

While she never climbed a mountain herself, Hawley was the best-known chronicler of Himalayan expeditions for over four decades, and was respected by the international mountaineering community because of her complete and accurate records, despite their unofficial status. Her records are summarized in a database[5] used in several analyses of success and death rates for climbers in the Nepal Himalaya.[6][7]

French ice climber François Damilano [fr] named a peak in Nepal after Elizabeth Hawley. Damilano made a solo first ascent of Peak Hawley (6,182 meters) in the Dhaulagiri Group on 9 May 2008, after climbing 7,242-meter Putha Hiunchuli.[8][9]

See also


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Elizabeth Hawley dies at 94
  3. ^ Jolly, Joanna (28 August 2010). "Elizabeth Hawley, unrivalled Himalayan record keeper". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-03-21.
  4. ^ "Elizabeth Hawley, Who Chronicled Everest Treks, Dies at 94". New York Times. 28 January 2018.
  5. ^ Hawley, Elizabeth; Salisbury, Richard. "The Himalayan Database". American Alpine Club. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  6. ^ Hawley, Elizabeth; Salisbury, Richard (2011). The Himalaya by the Numbers, A Statistical Analysis of Mountaineering in the Nepal Himalaya (PDF). Kathmandu: Vajra Publications. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Research (bibliography)". American Alpine Club. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  8. ^ Newly Climbed Peak Named for Elizabeth Hawley by Dougald MacDonald on climbing.com
  9. ^ Francois Damilano (2009). "Asia, Nepal, Dhaulagiri Himal, Peak Hawley (6,182m)". American Alpine Journal. American Alpine Club. 51 (83): 321. Retrieved April 24, 2014.

External links

  • McDonald, Bernadette. I'll call you in Kathmandu. ISBN 978-0-89886-800-5.
  • Biography of Elizabeth Hawley
  • "The High Priestess of Posterity", 2011 Outside feature
  • "Keeper of the Mountains", 2013 Documentary Short
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