Elizabeth Hawley, born in Chicago in 1923, historian by training and reporter by vocation, long-term resident of Kathmandu, has devoted herself since 1962 to recording mountaineering activities in the Nepal Himalaya. Her detailed and accurate reports are based on personal interviews with members of every climbing expedition. Her work has resulted in the production of a unique record of the story of climbing in Nepal. The wealth of data contained in her records represents an authentic and valuable information source for climbers wishing to plan future mountaineering expeditions to the Nepal Himalaya. Apart from her work as a journalist, Elizabeth Hawley is engaged in the affairs of the Himalayan Trust, an aid organization founded by Sir Edmund Hillary, which supports medical, educational, cultural, and reforestation projects in the Solu-Khumbu district situated SW of Mount Everest.
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