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CHESTERFIELD, A CRAWL DOWN THE OGRE by DOUG SCOTT CBE

  • The Winding Wheel 13 Holywell Street Chesterfield, England, S41 7SA United Kingdom (map)

Doug Scott CBE and that other icon of British mountaineering, Sir 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 that would have defeated most people, into an epic which has since entered mountaineering folklore.  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.

Doug slipped on the abseil below the summit breaking both legs just above the ankles and losing his spectacles and ice axe. He and Chris were forced to spend the night on a snow patch warding off frost bite. Storm and starvation and days of crawling on hands and knees followed but they had to carry on regardless before losing all their remaining strength. Chris abseiled off the end of the rope, smashing his ribs and later contracting pneumonia. With the selfless help of Mo Anthoine and Clive Rowland it took them eight days to reach Base Camp - but their adventure did not end there …..

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 show a short video about CAN and update the audience about CAN’s projects – mainly rural health posts, schools, hostels and porter rescue shelters – plus new projects recently adopted.  www.canepal.org.uk

Doug 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.

Date: Tuesday, 29 October 2019 at 7:30 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)

Tickets: £15.00 full admission; concessions £13.00 (groups of 10+, students, U18 and 65+)

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