The Rubin Keeper of the Mountains
Keeper of the Mountains
'Keeper of the Mountains' is a portrait of a woman who played an unlikely key role in the Golden Age of Himalayan mountaineering. Elizabeth Hawley defied the traditional gender roles of her day, settled alone in Kathmandu in 1960, and has famously lived life on her own terms. Post-screening discussion with Louis Reichardt.
American journalist Elizabeth Hawley, 89, maintains the world's largest and most treasured archive of Himalayan mountaineering expeditions and has recorded information on more than 80,000 Himalayan ascents. Her work is trusted by news organizations and publications around the globe. All this despite never having climbed a mountain herself; the film is an impressionistic snapshot of her life and the challenges she currently faces as she tries to maintain the mountaineering archives and her independence while dealing with advancing age.
About the Speaker
Dr. Louis Reichardt is also a noted mountaineer, the first American to summit both Everest and K2. He was awarded the Robert and Miriam Underhill Award by the American Alpine Club in 1993, The David Brower Conservation Award in 1997, and The Angelo Heilprin Citation in 2000. In 2012, the American Alpine Club inducted Dr. Reichardt into its Hall of Mountaineering Excellence.
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