Sunday, April 1, 2012

Expedition briefing with Elizabeth Hawley

Today we met with Elizabeth Hawley who is famous for creating the Himalayan Database.  Liz keeps track of all climbers who attempt 8000 meter peaks, and first started meeting with expeditions here in Kathmandu, Nepal, in 1963.  She recalls that year specifically when she met with those climbers before they set off and made history, the first Americans to reach the summit of Everest.  Today Liz went through all of our paperwork to make notes for her database, a very important record.  You can check out her work here:

We will do a short city tour as well today in Kathmandu, then have one last great meal here tonight before setting off early tomorrow for the airport to fly to Lukla and begin the trek to Everest Base Camp.

-Garrett Madison