Funded! This project was successfully funded on July 14, 2011.


She's climbed 80,000 mountains. Help our all women crew tell Miss Elizabeth Hawley's story in Kathmandu this summer.

(For all the skimmers: Be sure to check out our FAQs!) 

About the Documentary: 

In a post-World War II era during which few women travel and live independently, young journalist Elizabeth Hawley decides to settle alone in Kathmandu. Carving out a niche for herself as the foremost mountaineering historian in the world, Hawley, now 87, is the record keeper for roughly 80,000 ascents in the Himalayas, including Everest.

A legacy keeper with her own legacy, Hawley's reports and interviews are so respected and thorough that mountaineers have dubbed her interrogations an expedition's “second summit.” Living life on her own terms, Hawley shares drinks with Reinhold Messner, a deep friendship with Sir Edmund Hillary and enjoys outings to the Nepalese countryside with royalty.

This is the story of an independent woman who chronicled the Golden Age of Himalayan Mountaineering and continues to work to this day. Traversing Kathmandu in her classic blue Volkswagen, she never steers from the meticulous style of an investigative reporter whose reports and archives are trusted by mountaineers and news organizations around the globe.

What We're Doing: 

We're traveling the world collecting interviews with climbers, family and friends of Miss Hawley. Through the use of archives, media, personal photos and letters-- we hope to craft a documentary worthy of the larger than life Miss Hawley. For more on our team, check out the FAQ below. 

Why Kickstarter: 

The most important leg of this trip is travel to Kathmandu to meet the "Grand Dame of the Himalaya" Miss Hawley in her home and office of over forty years. Travel to the Himalaya is pricey in terms of airfare and must happen quickly in August. We are raising support for our crew of four women to fly overseas and lodge. Your donations will assist our travel costs and ultimately-- a great story. 


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    Thank you. Do you feel that right now? That's a virtual hug from our producer and she is not a hugger. In addition you get credit: a thank you on our website.

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    All the above, and a blue VW Beetle pin.

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    All the above and a snazzy DVD with your name in the credits. Congrats you made a movie with us!

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    You get all the above and a t-shirt or tote bag featuring the outline of Everest and a VW Beetle. Whoah. Big mountains plus cool cars? Trust us it will all make sense later.

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    All the above plus a special edition hand screened Keeper of the Mountains poster, brighten up your space with Everest and a Volkswagen.

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    All the above + you've entered the realm of home baked goods. What? Yes if you're local to Denver or Chicago we're going to make you a sandwich or some cookies. If you live in the US we're going to mail you some brownies. If you live overseas... we're sorry. It won't stay fresh at that point. Allergic to gluten? So is our producer, we'll make it right. In addition you get a handwritten post card from an exotic location above 4000 feet.

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    All the above and a collector VW Bug toy.

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    All the above and an invitation to a private screening in the Denver area complete with snacks and adult beverages. Not in the area for a screening? You get a special swag box.

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    All the above and a surprise from Kathmandu.

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    You have bought our silence. We are speechless. In addition to all the above you get a massive bottle of high-end whisky and our limited edition Keeper of the Mountains shot glass set. Cheers to Miss Hawley!

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