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HUDDERSFIELD CLIMBING CENTRE: THE HARD ROAD TO EVEREST with Doug Scott and Paul 'Tut' Braithwaite

  • Huddersfield Climbing Centre Spring Grove Street Hudderfield, HD1 4BP England (map)

As part of the Huddersfield Climbing Festival, celebrating the third birthday of the Huddersfield Climbing Centre, legendary mountaineers Doug Scott CBE and Paul 'Tut' Braithwaite will be giving a fascinating and humorous talk at the climbing wall and provide an 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-west face as part of the British Mount Everest South West Face expedition led by 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 played their part and paved 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 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 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 was one of the greatest Alpinists of his generation who went on to become a businessman and company director. Like Doug he became a President of the Alpine Club. 

This event, taking place on the third anniversary of the second earthquake to devastate Nepal in 2015, 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. CAN was founded by Doug in 1995 and helps mountaineers support the mountain people of Nepal. 

 Doug will also be signing copies of award-winning 'Up and About, Volume I' and 'The Ogre, Biography of a mountain and the dramatic story of the first ascent'.

This talk follows The Festival of Routes, a day of sponsored climbing between 10 am and 6 pm. Cost £1.00 per person per route payable on the day, which will include: 

  • Flash-18 Summer bouldering competition Round 1 (Score cards £1.00)
  • Leading Ladder Competition - with prizes (one day competition)
  • Knotted rope climb
  • Raffle

All donations from the day will go towards Community Action Nepal.

Tickets will also be on sale from the Huddersfield Climbing Centre reception.

For further information contact Denise Prior, email: deniseprior@canepal.org.uk or ring: 07986 372558.

TICKETS: £15.00 (General Admission) + £13.00 (Concessions to include groups of 10 plus; 65+; U18 or a studen). Tickets are available from Eventbrite (agency fees apply)