HEXHAM: The Hard Road to Everest by Doug Scott
Mar
12
7:00 PM19:00

HEXHAM: The Hard Road to Everest by Doug Scott

North Face of Everest

North Face of Everest

Legendary mountaineer Doug Scott CBE gives a fascinating insight into how a lad born in Nottingham during the darkest days of WWII got into climbing on the Black Rocks in Derbyshire - aided with nothing but his mother’s clothes line, and how this led him to Everest in 1975.

At dusk on 24 September, Doug and Dougal Haston became the first Britons to reach the summit of Everest as lead climbers on Chris Bonington’s epic expedition to the mountain’s south-west face. As darkness fell they 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. For Doug Scott, it was the fulfillment of a fortune-teller’s prophesy given to his mother: that her eldest son would be in danger in a high place with the whole world watching.

Scott and Haston returned home national heroes with their image splashed across the front pages. Scott 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 boom in outdoor adventure, to the new wave of lightweight alpinism throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

Proceeds from ticket sales for this evening will be shared by Hexham Rotary Club Disaster Fund and Community Action Nepal’s construction and operation of health posts in North Gorkha.

The evening will include a sale of Nepalese goods and an auction of signed framed mountaineering prints. Doug will show a short video about CAN and update the audience on all new project developments.

Doug will also be signing copies of award-winning ‘Up And About, volume 1 of his autobiography’, and ‘The Ogre- Biography of a mountain and the dramatic story of the first ascent’.

 Doors open at 6:00 pm

Tickets: £15/£12 Concessions (e.g. U18, student).

Contact: Brian Massey - mbmassey@waitrose.com - T: 01434 673413

or online from The Forum.

 

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SETTLE- GIGGLESWICK SCHOOL: A Crawl Down The Ogre by Doug Scott
Mar
13
7:30 PM19:30

SETTLE- GIGGLESWICK SCHOOL: A Crawl Down The Ogre by Doug Scott

Those icons of British mountaineering, Doug Scott and Chris Bonington, made the first ascent of The Ogre [Baintha Brakk 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 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 Scott’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.

The evening will include a sale of Nepalese goods and greetings cards, plus an auction of signed framed mountaineering prints, all in aid of Community Action Nepal, the UK-registered charity founded in 1995 by Doug Scott and mountaineering friends to help some of the poorest and most remote communities in Nepal help themselves. He will short a short video about CAN and update the audience about the post-earthquake reconstruction of CAN’s projects – mainly rural health posts, schools, hostels and porter rescue shelters – plus new projects recently adopted.  www.canepal.org.uk

Doug Scott 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.

Proceeds from the evening will support CAN and the Giggleswick School Alpine Expedition.

Doors open 6.30 pm.

Venue: The Richard Whiteley Theatre.

Tickets: Advance books: £9/£7 (U18/60+) or on the door £11/£9 (U18/60+)

Contact: rwt@giggleswick.org.uk or online

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