Those icons of British mountaineering, Doug Scott and Chris Bonington, made the first ascent of The Ogre (7285m) in the Karakoram in 1977. Their climb extended the boundaries of what had been achieved before at that altitude - but it was the subsequent descent from the summit in the dark, turning a catalogue of disasters into an epic. The Ogre wasn't to be climbed again for another twenty four years.
The story of this expedition has since entered mountaineering folklore as one of the most dramatic stories of hard climbing, team work and survival against all odds recounted in Doug's famously laconic and humorous style. The talk has been refreshed with the aid of newly discovered photographs and material from diaries from other members of the team - Chris Bonington, Nick Estcourt and Clive Rowland - plus cine film and audio tapes recently discovered in an attic and made by the late Mo Anthoine on the expedition.
Proceeds from the evening - including a sale of Nepalese goods and cards throughout the evening, and an auction of signed framed mountaineering prints after the talk - will support the work of the UK charity, Community Action Nepal. CAN (canepal.org.uk) was funded by Doug in 1995 to help some of the poorest and most remote communities in Nepal help themselves. He will provide the audience with an update on all work carried out since the 2015 earthquakes - mainly rural health posts, schools, hostels and porter rescue shelters - and include new projects taken on at the request of neighbouring communities during his visit in Spring 2018.
Doug will also be signing posters and copies of his award winning autobiography, Up and About and his latest book, The Ogre - Biography of a mountain and the dramatic story of the first ascent.
Community Action Nepal is very grateful to Inverkeithing & Dalgety Bay Rotary Club for organising this event.
Tickets: £15/£13 Concessions (e.g. Group of 10+, U18, Student, 65+
Tickets available from: Vicky Gorn T: 07753 662545
or online: Eventbrite - agency fees apply
Please note that the exact timings for the lecture have yet to be decided - it could be either 7:00 pm or 7:30 pm - and updated info will be posted as soon as these are confirmed.