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The Himalaya by the Numbers

Elizabeth Hawley Biography

Tibetan Biographies

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Version 2 of the Himalayan Database will be released to the general public at no charge via download from this site in LATE November 2017 after the Spring 2017 update to the database is completed (we are currently waiting for further information about the Spring 2017 Everest Sherpa summiters). Owners of the current version will need to download and upgrade to the new version in order to gain access to future updates and changes.

The Himalayan Database is a compilation of records for all expeditions that have climbed in the Nepalese Himalaya. 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.

The data cover all expeditions from 1905 through 2003 to more than 340 significant Nepalese peaks. Also included are expeditions to both sides of border peaks such as Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Kangchenjunga as well as to some smaller border peaks. Data on expeditions to trekking peaks are included for early attempts, first ascents and major accidents.

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

There are selected preset reports plus the capability for custom searches and analyses.

There are literature references to journals, books and published expedition reports.

The database is on a CD and includes an 80-page printed user guide.

The Himalayan Database is published by the American Alpine Club and is available in bookstores.

Updates for the 2004 through the Autumn-Winter 2016 climbing seasons are available from this web site.

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Database created by Richard Salisbury