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St. ANDREWS - The Booth Theatre: The Hard Road to Everest by Doug Scott CBE

  • The Booth Theatre, Medical & Biological Sciences Building University of St. Andrews North Haugh, St. Andrews KY16 9TF Scotland (map)

Legendary mountaineer Doug Scott CBE gives a fascinating and humorous 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 to Everest in 1975.

At dusk on the 24 September, Doug and Dougal Haston became the first Britons to stand on the summit and were also the first to climb the world’s highest mountain by the south-west face as part of the British Mount Everest South West Face expedition, led by Chris Bonington. Despite running out of oxygen, they managed to survive an unplanned bivouac just below the summit on the descent. Miraculously they accomplished all this without contracting frostbite. They returned home national heroes and fulfilled a fortune-teller’s prophesy given to Doug’s mother: that her eldest son would be in danger in a high place with the whole world watching.

Tut and Nick Estcourt helped pave the way when, using their brilliant rock climbing skills, they found a route through the almost vertical Rock Band at about 8,200 m, setting up fixed ropes. Their heroic efforts in pushing a route through the Rock Band opened the way to the summit for the team but also meant they had sacrificed the chance to make their own summit bid.

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 1960s boom in outdoor adventure, to the new wave of lightweight alpinism throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Doug has also been a President of The Alpine Club.

The evening will include a sale of Nepalese goods, cards and posters and will be followed by an auction of signed framed mountaineering prints, all supporting the on-going work of Community Action Nepal in the remote region of Nepal, North Gorkha. The charity was founded by Doug in 1995 and Doug will show a short video about CAN and update the audience on current projects four years after the earthquake devastated the country.

Doug will also be signing copies of his 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’ as well as his wonderful posters. There will be a sale of Nepalese goods and an auction of signed framed mountaineering prints.

Date and time: Thursday 28 November 2019 at 7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)

Tickets: £15.00 full price or £13.00 concessions (Groups of 10+, U18, 65+) Available through Eventbrite

Contact: To be confirmed