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SKIPTON TOWN HALL:THE HARD ROAD TO EVEREST with Doug Scott & Paul 'Tut' Braithwaite

  • Skipton Town Hall High Street Skipton BD23 1AH (map)

Legendary mountaineers Doug Scott CBE and Paul 'Tut' Braithwaite give a fascinating and humorous insight into how their colourful careers developed from early youth - including teaching geography (Doug) and painting and decorating (Tut) - to Everest in 1975.

At dusk on 24 September 1975, Doug and his climbing partner Dougal Haston became the first Britons to reach the summit of Mount Everest as lead climbers on Chris Bonington’s epic expedition to the mountain’s immense south-west face. As darkness fell, Doug and Dougal scraped a small cave in the snow 100 metres below the summit and survived the highest bivouac ever – without bottled oxygen, sleeping bags and, as it turned out, frostbite. Surviving this unplanned bivouac widened the ranged of what and how Doug would climb in the future. It was also the fulfillment of a fortune-teller’s prophecy given to his mother: that her eldest son would be in danger in a high place with the whole world watching.

Tut, with his climbing partner Nick Estcourt, helped pave the way when, using their brilliant rock climbing skills, they found a route through the almost vertical Rock Band at about 8,200 m setting up fixed ropes. Their heroic efforts in pushing a route through the Rock Band opened the way to the summit for the team but it also meant they had sacrificed their chance to make their own summit bid. 

Doug went on to become one of Britain's greatest ever mountaineers, pioneering new climbs in the remotest corners of the globe. His climbing career spanned the golden age of British climbing from the 1960's boom in outdoor adventure, to the new wave of lightweight Alpinism throughout the 1970's and 1980's. Paul, one of the great Alpinists of his generation, went on to become a businessman and company director using his climbing skills to set up the firm, Vertical Access. Like Doug, Tut was also President of The Alpine Club. 

The evening will include a sale of Nepalese goods, cards and posters and will be followed by an auction of signed framed mountaineering prints, all supporting the post-earthquake reconstruction work of Community Action Nepal a UK-based registered charity founded by Doug in 1995, which aims to help mountaineers support the mountain people of Nepal.

Doug will also be signing copies of award-winning Up And About, Volume I of his autobiography, andThe Ogre- Biography of a mountain and the dramatic story of the first ascent’.

TICKETS: For further enquiries please ring Denise Prior on 07986 372558