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DATE: Saturday 6th December 2014 TIME: Doors open 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start
VENUE: The Conference Centre, Newton Rigg College, Penrith CA11 0AH
LECTURE: ‘A Crawl Down the Ogre’
The Ogre (7,285 m) is the most difficult high mountain to climb in the world; there is no easy way to the summit. On July 13, 1977, Doug Scott and Chris Bonington reached the summit for the first time after very difficult rock climbing that extended the boundaries of what had been achieved before at that altitude where there is only half the oxygen in the atmosphere than at sea level.
The descent in the dark immediately became an epic when abseiling off the summit block Doug slipped on water ice and smashed into rocks breaking both legs just above the ankles. A storm blew in lasting five days during which time Chris smashed his ribs and contracted pneumonia. It took eight hard days to reach Base Camp.
This is an epic tale of hard climbing and survival that has now become part of mountaineering folklore.
It was 24 years before there was a second ascent of The Ogre.
FUNDRAISING FOR: Newton Rigg College Bolivia Expedition and Community Action Nepal. Thanks to Danielle Robinson of Newton Rigg College for her hard work in organising this lecture.
FURTHER INFO FROM: Danielle Robinson, Newton Rigg College Tel: 01768 893 482
TICKETS: £15.00 (TBC) For details contact Danielle Robinson Tel: 01768 893 482