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PATELEY BRIDGE: THE HARD ROAD TO EVEREST with DOUG SCOTT CBE & PAUL 'TUT' BRAITHWAITE

  • Memorial Hall Park Road Pateley Bridge, HG3 5JS England (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 temporary careers teaching geography (Doug) and painting and decorating (Tut) - to Everest in 1975.

Doug and Dougal Haston became the first Britons to stand on the summit and were also the first to climb the world's highest mountain by the south-weest face as part of the British Mount Everest South-West Face expedition, led by Sir Chris Bonington. Despite running out of oxygen they managed to survive an unplanned bivouac just below the summit on the descent. Miraculously they accomplished all this without contracting frostbite. They returned home national heroes and fulfilled a fortune-teller's prophesy given to Doug's mother: that her eldest son would be in danger in a high place with the whole world watching.

Tut and 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 also meant they had sacrificed the 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 career spans the golden age of British climbing from the 1960's book 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 have a successful career as a businessman and company director. Like Doug he became 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. 

Tickets: £15 (general admission) or £13 (concessions - Groups of 10+, U18, Student or 65+) from  Sypeland Mountain Sports, Kings House , 15 High Street, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate HG3 5AP. T. 01423 712922. Or online from Eventbrite (booking fees apply)

Further information is also available from Graham and Jane Spooner on 01423 711840 or email janespooner730@btinternet.com.