Those icons of British mountaineering, Doug Scott and 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 into an epic. 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.
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 short a short video about CAN and update the audience about the post-earthquake reconstruction of CAN’s projects – mainly rural health posts, schools, hostels and porter rescue shelters – plus new projects recently adopted. www.canepal.org.uk
Doug Scott 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.
Proceeds from the evening will support CAN and the Giggleswick School Alpine Expedition.
Doors open 6.30 pm.
Venue: The Richard Whiteley Theatre.
Tickets: Advance books: £9/£7 (U18/60+) or on the door £11/£9 (U18/60+)
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