Some mountains are high; some mountains are hard. Few are both. Rising over 7,000 metres in the centre of the Karakoram, the Ogre - Baintha Brakk - is notorious in mountaineering circles as one of the most difficult mountains to climb. First summited in 1977 by Doug Scott and Chris Bonington, on an expedition that also included Clive Rowland, Mo Anthoine, Paul ‘Tut’ Braithwaite and Nick Estcourt, it waited almost twenty-four years for a second ascent, and a further eleven years for a third.
In the image above are The Ogre team members from left to right: Clive Rowland, Chris Bonington, Nick Estcourt, Doug Scott, Tut Braithwaite and Mo Anthoine
On an afternoon in July 1977, Doug and Chris began their long descent from the summit. In the minutes that followed, any feeling of success from their achievement would be overwhelmed by the start of a desperate fight for survival over the next eight days. And things would only get worse.
Doug suffered two broken legs and Chris smashed his ribs and developed pneumonia. Surviving the week long descent was only made possible by the heroic and selfless roles played by Mo Anthoine and Clive Rowland (Tut, suffering from a badly damaged thigh and Nick from a painful throat infection and an emaciated body, had already gone ahead). When the desperate climbers finally made it back to Base Camp, they were to find it abandoned and a note from Nick, who clearly thought something terrible had happened and had decided to catch up with Tut and raise a search party to find them ….
The Ogre is undoubtedly one of the greatest adventure stories of all time told by three members of the team.
CAN is a UK-based registered charity founded by Doug in 1995 which aims to support the mountain people of Nepal through the development of schools, health posts and porter rescue shelters.
The evening will include a sale of Nepalese goods, greetings cards and an auction of signed framed mountaineering prints, all supporting CAN’s on-going project development work in North Gorkha. CAN is delighted to announce that it’s post earthquake restoration work has been recognised with the award of the 2018 UIAA Mountain Protection Award.
Doug will also be signing copies of his posters and his books which include 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.
Tickets: £15 general admission/£13 concessions (student, U18, 65+, group of 10+)
Enquiries: Jon Hubbard, E: firstname.lastname@example.org or T: 07748 767833
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