Quite arguably the most significant non-climbing member of the Himalayan climbing community who chronicled it all. Much gratitude for Ms. Hawley's voluminous contribution over the decades. Obit at NYT and another at Gripped.
Ms. Hawley started documenting expeditions in 1963, same year as the first successful US Everest expedition, and passed the baton in 2016. Her writing has been a tremendous source of inspiration, akin to Brad Washburn's Alaskan research and photos, which he generously shared. Perhaps Italian photographer Vittorio Sella (1859-1943) set the bar early with his magnificent photos - stunning work. Which other journalists/photojournalists have had such a profound impact on alpine climbing?