11/9/13 - Elizabeth Hawley, the American resident of Kathmandu, Nepal, who has been documenting Himalayan expeditions for more than 50 years, turned 90 today.
Hawley went to Nepal as a journalist in the early 1960s and covered some of the great pioneering expeditions of that era for the Reuters news agency, including the 1963 American expedition to Mt. Everest. She soon began making an effort to meet with every climbing expedition when the teams returned to Kathmandu and to document their efforts. Though unofficial, her records were the most accurate available, and they have been compiled into the Himalayan Database, published by the American Alpine Club.
Though she now relies on assistants, Miss Hawley still lives in Kathmandu and still meets with some expedition members when they come out of the mountains. In 2005, author Bernadette McDonald came out with Hawley's biography, I'll Call You in Kathmandu.