Elizabeth Hawley, who chronicled hiking expeditions on the Himalayas for over 50 years, has died in Nepal aged 94.
The US journalist was a leading authority on the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, despite never having reached its base camp.
She was seen as a key person to authenticate climbs, keeping meticulous records and verifying claims about successful expeditions.
Sad to hear that the Oracle of Himalayan climbing, Elizabeth Hawley passed away yesterday aged 94. Kathmandu will be a lesser place without her and her original VW beetle. pic.twitter.com/Z7jRuzRN8a
— Kenton Cool (@KentonCool) January 26, 2018