Newly Climbed Peak Named for Elizabeth Hawley

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Peak Hawley (6,182m/20,282') in the Dhaulagiri Group of Nepal. Photo by François Damilano/Courtesy of Planetmountain.com.

Peak Hawley (6,182m/20,282

The French ice climber François Damilano has named a newly climbed peak in Nepal after Elizabeth Hawley, the longtime chronicler of mountaineering in the Himalaya. Damilano made a solo first ascent of Peak Hawley (6,182 meters) in the Dhaulagiri Group in early May, after climbing 7,242-meter Putha Hiunchuli.

Hawley, working in Kathmandu as a reporter for American magazines, began documenting climbing in Nepal with the American Everest expedition in 1963. She eventually became a crucial figure in the success of Sir Ed Hillary’s Himalayan Trust. Although she has never been a climber herself, Hawley, 84, still meets with nearly every expedition in Nepal to record their successes and failures. Her archives have been compiled into two reference works: The Himalayan Databaseand The Himalaya By the Numbers.

François Damilano meets with Elizabeth Hawley in Kathmandu. Courtesy of Planetmountain.com.

Newly Climbed Peak Named for Elizabeth Hawley

Damilano described Peak Hawley as a beautiful mountain with superb views. He climbed the peak in a single day from a camp at just under 5,000 meters, ascending the northwest face of Putha Himal to reach a ridgeline, and then following this over Aiguille Josephine and Peak Hawley, before descending to the northeast for a 12-hour round trip.

Date of Ascent: May 9, 2008

Source:Planetmountain.com

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