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HEXHAM: The Hard Road to Everest by Doug Scott

  • The Forum 9 Market Place Hexham England NE46 1XF (map)
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.