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.
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.
Plane tickets... to Kathmandu.
Outside Magazine says: "The High Priestess of Posterity" http://outsideonline.com/adventure/travel-ta-201104-climbing-records-elizabeth-hawley-sidwcmdev_154964.html
The fine folks at SERAC ADVENTURE FILMS in Boulder, Colorado who are wonderful friends to us. http://www.seracfilms.com
The Internet Archive http://www.archive.org.
Allison Otto is a Denver based short form filmmaker for Outside Television, Lonely Planet, Travel Channel, and Nat Geo Adventure Australia. She graduated from Stanford University with a master's degree in Sociology, a bachelor's in Communications, and a minor in Studio Art. In her free time she enjoys hiking, running, yoga, and volunteering at the American Alpine Club Library.
Carole Snow divides her time between Chicago and the Rockies producing independent programming in science, religion and nature. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and Serac Adventure Film School.
Our wonderful consulting producer Bernadette McDonald has written a fabulous book: I'll Call You in Kathmandu http://www.bernadettemcdonald.ca/books/ill-call-you-in-kathmandu-the-elizabeth-hawley-story/
Miss Hawley has impeccable taste and drives a very choice vehicle in Kathmandu. For starters, she has driven in KATHMANDU and is still alive. Otherwise, it's just a hot car. Check it out in this great blog entry http://climbnepal.blogspot.com/2009/03/kathmandu-and-meeting-with-ms-elizabeth.html