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Himalayan Database to be released free-of-charge

K2 Mountain

The latest version of the Himalayan Database to be be released online free-of-charge in early November 2017.

The Himalayan Database is a compilation of records for all expeditions from 1905, comprising over 69,000 climbers’ attempts on nearly 460 peaks. It also includes expeditions to both sides of border peaks such as Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Kangchenjunga. The database is based on the expedition archives of Elizabeth Hawley, a longtime journalist based in Kathmandu, and it is supplemented by information gathered from books, alpine journals and correspondence with Himalayan climbers.

Miss Hawley started the database in 1963 while on assignment for Reuters covering the first sanctioned American expedition to Everest. According to her assistant, in those days she would simply “trump to the airport, look at the mountaineering boots of one of the four international flights that came into Kathmandu each week, and ask what mountain they were going to climb.”

The database is searchable by peak, climber, expedition, nationality, season, mortality rates and causes and other indices.

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