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BOWMORE, ISLAY: The Hard Road to Everest

  • Islay High School School Street Isle of Islay PA43 7JS Scotland (map)

Legendary mountaineer Doug Scott gives a fascinating 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 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 fell 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 Scott, it 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. Scott 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.

Proceeds from the evening will be shared between Islay High School’s North India project and the work of Community Action Nepal, a charity founded by Doug Scott in 1995. The evening will also include a sale of Nepalese goods and an auction of signed framed mountaineering prints in support of CAN.  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.

The organisers are grateful to the South Islay Development Company:, The Celtic House, Bowmore and Islay65 Self Catering, Port Ellen

Doors open at 6:00 pm

Tickets: £15 general admission / £13 concessions (group of 10+; U18; student; 65+)

Tickets: available from Islay High School during weekday opening and The Celtic House, Bowmore PA43 7LD. on Saturdays. Book early to avoid disappointment on the door!

or book Online: HERE