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Keeper of the Mountains: The Elizabeth Hawley Story by Bernadette McDonald. Despite that fact that Elizabeth Hawley has never climbed a mountain or visited the hallowed grounds of #Everest base camp, she has become the most important record keeper and inspirational authority figure regarding the expeditions, stories, feats, scandals and disasters in the Nepal Himalaya. Now 90 years of age, she has commanded the respect of such legendary personalities as #Hillary, #Messner, and #Bonington.

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Climbing to the top of Mount Everest is difficult enough. Getting there from post-war Poland was almost as challenging. In the book Freedom Climbers, Bernadette McDonald tells the story of a group of mountain climbers in Poland who broke through oppression to travel around the world scaling the highest peaks. They dealt with danger and tragedy - and achieved great things. Author Bernadette McDonald told their story to Sonali Karnick.

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Bernadette McDonald’s 2011 mountaineering history book Freedom Climbers has garnered yet another accolade....

Historical Badass: Wanda Rutkiewicz was one the finest female alpinists of the 20th Century.