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LANCASTER: THE HARD ROAD TO EVEREST by DOUG SCOTT CBE

  • Lancaster University, George Fox Building Baillrig Lancaster LA1 4YW United Kingdom (map)

Legendary mountaineer Doug Scott 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 fulfilment 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 Hatson 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 1970’s and 1980’s.

Proceeds from the evening will support the work of Community Action Nepal, www.canepal.org.uk and include a sale of Nepalese goods and an auction of signed framed mountaineering prints. Doug will also show a short video about CAN and update the audience about current CAN projects and the successful completion following the earthquakes in 2015. Doug will also be signing copies of his posters and books.

Lecture: 7:00 pm (doors open 6:00 pm)

Tickets: £15.00 (Concessions, £13.00 - Groups of 10+, student, U18 or 65+)

Tickets available online HERE (with booking fee)

For further information or to book tickets direct contact: Mel Steventon email info@duenorthevents.com> / call 07904 355848.