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BIRMINGHAM: The Hard Road to Everest by Doug Scott CBE

  • Elgar Concert Hall University of Birmingham Bramall Music Building, BIRMINGHAM B15 2TT (map)

Legendary mountaineer Doug Scott will give a fascinating insight in to how a lad born in the Nottingham during the darkest days of World War II 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 feel 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 is 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. Doug 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 and 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 about the post-earthquake reconstruction of CAN’s projects. He will also be signing copies of his posters and books.

TIME: Lecture starts at 7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)

TICKETS: £16.50 general admission / £14.50 concession (child; student; 65+)

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