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  • Oxford University, Museum of Natural History Parks Road Oxford OX1 3PW ENGLAND (map)



An evening with Sir Chris Bonington & Doug Scott CBE

This event has now completely sold out but please phone Phil or Sarah on 01865 778536 to be put on the waiting list for returns. Alternatively, you might consider purchasing tickets for London on Wednesday 22nd November or Birmingham on Thursday 23rd November. Chris and Doug will both be speaking at these events. 


The Ogre - image taken in 1977

The Ogre - image taken in 1977

Doug Scott and Chris Bonington's undoubted mountaineering high point was their collaboration in making the first ascent of Everest by its enormous South West Face: Everest, The Hard Way. But their greatest adventure was undoubtedly the first ascent, accident and then escape from The Ogre. This is an epic tale of hard climbing and survival that has now become part of mountaineering folklore.

The Ogre [7,285m] is the most difficult of the world's high mountains to climb. In 1977 Doug and Chris made the first ascent after very difficult rock climbing that extended the boundaries of what had been achieved before at that altitude. The subsequent descent, in the dark, immediately became an epic; while abseiling off the summit block Doug slipped on water ice and swung, then smashed into the cliff he had just climbed, 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 and that was only made possible by the selfless support of Clive Rowland and Mo Anthoine.

It was 24 years before there was a second ascent of The Ogre.

Their escape is one of mountaineering’s greatest ever epics and Doug and Chris will come together in Oxford, London and Birmingham for three very special evening lectures to tell of their amazing adventure.

Proceeds from the talk will help fund the reconstruction of CAN’s projects damaged or destroyed in the Nepal earthquakes in 2015.  Doug will update the audience on the project being made with the projects.  There will be a sale of Nepalese goods, posters and cards before each talk and during the intervals. Each talk will be followed by an auction of signed framed mountaineering prints. Chris and Doug will be signing copies of their books, including Doug’s award-winning autobiography Up and About’ and Chris’s newly published autobiography ‘Ascent’.


Earlier Event: November 20
Later Event: November 22