Character # V

Bertha Bolette Boyd (1900-1985)
Among Mountains & Monasteries


Bertha Bolette Boyd (1900-1985), mountaineer and author, travels to Bhutan in April 1931. Bhutan is landlocked, impenetrable and isolated. Monasteries cling to buttresses. At an elevation of 7578 metres, Bhutan’s Gangkar Punsum is the highest unclimbed mountain on Earth. The mountain is sacred. Culture has a place in nature. Landscape is balanced by the humbleness of Buddhism.

Bertha has read Castles in the Air. She climbs to monasteries, and further to mountain passes at 4700 m above sea level. Bhutan is the country where colonialism completely failed; therein lies the foundation for other stories. Bertha travelled solely to see and experience – not to discover or lay any foundation for colonization.