Keeper of the Mountains is a portrait of Elizabeth Hawley and her unlikely key role in the Golden Age of Himalayan mountaineering, her defiance of the traditional gender roles of her day and her decision to settle alone in Kathmandu in 1960, where she has famously lived life on her own terms ever since.
Hawley, 89 and a former journalist, maintains the world's largest and most treasured archive of Himalayan mountaineering expeditions and 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.
Additional generous support provided by:
The Mountainfilm in Telluride Commitment Grant Program and the American Alpine Club
The Leonard family
Everest footage provided by Sam Bricker
1963 American Everest photographs provided by the Barry Corbet collection located at the Henry S. Hall Jr. American Alpine Club Library
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