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DARLINGTON: A CRAWL DOWN THE OGRE BY DOUG SCOTT CBE

  • The Dolphin Centre Horsemarket Darlington, DL1 5RP England (map)

Doug Scott CBE with that other icon of mountaineering, Sir Chris Bonington, made the first ascent of The Ogre (7285m) in the Karakoram in July 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, that would have defeated most people, into an epic which has since entered mountaineering folklore. It was to be another 24 years before The Ogre was climbed again.

Doug will be telling a thrilling story of hard climbing, team work and survival against all odds, in his famously laconic and humorous style. The talk has been refreshed with the aid of recently 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.

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 his books: award-winning autobiography Up and About and The Ogre - Biography of a mountain and the dramatic story of the first ascent.

Tickets: £15 with booking fee:  book online here.

Call Mel Steventon, Due North Events, on 07904 355848 for full  information.