Everest lost its true Base Camp

Elizabeth Hawley, the quintessential chronicler of mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas passed away today in Kathmandu, Nepal. One quote stands above the rest. In an interview she said, when asked:

“Interviewer: How do you want to be remembered? Do you have any thoughts about that?

EH: No, I’ve never thought about being remembered.

“However, the meticulous chronicler’s name will live on. A mountain in north-west Nepal, bordering Tibet, was named Peak Hawley in her honour in 2014.”

The New York Times has a touching piece on her life and passing but I would also recommend I’ll Call You in Kathmandu. Courage she had in spades, as much as any who summitted Mt. Everest perhaps.

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