Sanjeev Singh who has been involved in developing the Big Lottery Projects has sent the video which can be viewed here and which brings the project development work in North Gorkha up to date. 


With the help of the Big Lottery Funding CAN is trying to achieve:

- building increased local health capacity in North Gorkha by supporting the training and progression of five local health post helpers by increasing health skills and awareness, thereby strengthening local health resilience. [Project 1]

- modelling new and well managed cottage gardens at five North Gorkha health posts to improve horticultural skills and knowledge of local people and the replication of cottage gardens in the wider community, resulting in improved nutrition, food security and livelihoods.

- working with the community at Melamchigaun and Ghunsa to build demonstration homes in line with 'Building Back Better' principles and equipping local people with the skills to rebuild more seismically resistant replacement homes and community infrastructure.

- facilitating community enterprise training and development in Ghunsa, Melamchigaun and North Gorkha by supporting new and sustainable income generation opportunities to improve local livelihoods.

CAN Nepal staff who are involved in the projects are to be congratulated. They include the Programme Manager, Sanjeev as well as our Health Supervisor, the specialist horticulturists, CAN's Engineer and Overseers and all the local health post helpers and agriculturists who are working so hard to make these projects a great success. 


The annual UIAA Mountain Protection Award has made a tangible difference to mountain lives, communities and the environment and celebrates innovation and a desire to make a difference. 

The award was created five years ago and the 2017 Award has been the biggest in terms of variety and scope of nominees with over twenty-two projects from 15 countries as part of the international showcase. The post-earthquake recovery programme embarked upon by CAN was entered alongside a waste management scheme in Patagonia, clean climbing on Denali and brown bear conservation in Bulgaria to name but a few so it was a very wide and diffuse set of entrants indeed. 

CAN was judged to be the Best Runner Up in recognition of all the work it does helping to improve the lives of the mountain people of Nepal through the "development of 'grass roots' health posts, schools, community development and income generation projects".  

To read more about the UIAA and CAN's application click here.

For additional information click here.







WYG were thrilled that their work with CAN was recognised by the Association for Project Management (APM) who awarded the WYG team with the Social Project of the Year Award. 

Andrew Fotherby, Divisional Director, Major Programmes from WYG receiving the award on 20th November in Old Billingsgate

Andrew Fotherby, Divisional Director, Major Programmes from WYG receiving the award on 20th November in Old Billingsgate

The award was an acknowledgement that WYG's Building Back Better work with CAN following the 2015 earthquakes, in the rebuilding of essential infrastructure in Nepal, has enhanced the replacement health care and education facilities.

The relevant web page on WYG's site can be accessed by clicking this link where you will be able to read more about this successful management award. 

Everyone at CAN, both here and in Nepal, are thrilled that the invaluable support provided by the WYG team to the rebuilding process has been recognised in this way. Three cheers for WYG!

'THE OGRE - Biography of a mountain and the dramatic story of the first ascent'

Following the successful launch of the book at the KENDAL MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL signed copies of The Ogre are available from the office. Doug much prefers to send them to you direct so that he can ensure any request for a dedication is included. He looks forward to hearing from you and to stress you can't buy signed copies from Amazon!

The book is already into reprint but Doug still holds copies of the first edition.

In the first instance please either email your contact details to or ring the office on 01768 484842.  Don't forget to include the details of your dedication.

The book costs £20.00 (including postage and packing) and payment can be made either by cheque payable to Doug Scott and sent to Stewart Hill Cottage, Hesket Newmarket, Wigton CA7 8HX or via direct transfer to account:

Mr D K Scott. Cumberland Building Society,

Sort code: 16-52-21 Account Number: 54237419/01

Please clearly mark the transfer with your name and the word Ogre.



Doug was interviewed a few days ago by his publishers and this has been published on Vertebrate's website and can be read here.

Nicholas Hellen, Social Affairs Editor for The Sunday Times, published an extremely interesting article 'The Untold rescue of top climbers from icy jaws of the Ogre' in the last edition, dated November 12, 2017. 

Nicholas describes the ascent of The Ogre as 'one of the greatest mountaineering survival tales never told. Forty years after Sir Chris Bonington and Doug Scott, CBE, the British climbers, crawled to safety in an eight-day Himalayan epic, the full story of their ordeal has emerged in diaries and tape recordings from beyond the grave'. 

To read Nicholas's article click here although you may have to subscribe to The Times on a temporary basis to read the article in full. 


A selection of Doug's wonderful images have been used to create greeting cards which are on sale, not only at lectures, but also from the office. 

The images are, from left to right: Everest and Lhoste from Makalu; Nuptse North Buttress above Khumbu icefall; Into the Western Cwm, Everest, Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Beyond and Trekking near Makalu.

Cards are either Season's Greetings or Namaste and each pack contains 10 cards, two of each image and cost £5.00. If ordering from the office please let us know how many packs you would like and add on postage and packing in the sum of £3.50 for up to four packs. 

Orders can be placed by email: or writing to CAN at Stewart Hill Cottage, Hesket Newmarket, Wigton, CA7 8HX and payment can be made either by cheque [sent to the address above] or via BACS to CAN's account at the Cumberland Building Society: 

Sort code: 16 52 21            Account number: 54157518

If paying by BACS please quote your name and cards by way of reference and please don't forget to let us have details of the delivery address.


Doug is delighted to bring to your attention his recently updated progress report, Two Years After which will be distributed to everyone on CAN's mailing list in the next week or so. 

The report highlights all CAN's projects and brings everything up to date following Doug's visit earlier in the year. The document also provides an overview of future planning and a detailed financial breakdown for all that remains to be undertaken. 

Please click on this link to open a copy

BBC "SONGS OF PRAISE" - watch Doug, Purna and Murari - episode Croagh Patrick shown on Sunday, 3 September

Doug was delighted to welcome the BBC to Stewart Hill in the middle of August to film his piece to camera about the work of CAN. The film crew had been out in Nepal the previous week and met the CAN Nepal team in Kathmandu which included filming Murari and Purna. 

The following link takes you to the episode, Croagh Patrick - a programme about pilgrimage - but if you only want to watch the section showing CAN please forward 24:55 minutes into the programme. 

CONCERT FOR CAN - Monday, 30 October in OXFORD

CAN is delighted that the former members of the Hilliard Ensemble have joined forces with Swiss violinist, Paul Giger to perform the UK premiere of Roman Rutishauser's "Tenebrae". 

For more information click here to go to CAN's Events page and scroll down.

Former members of the Hilliard Ensemble (David James, Steven Harrold, Rogers Covey-Crump, Gordon Jones, Robert McDonald) and Swiss violinist Paul Giger

Former members of the Hilliard Ensemble (David James, Steven Harrold, Rogers Covey-Crump, Gordon Jones, Robert McDonald) and Swiss violinist Paul Giger

Doug receives an Honorary Degree from Loughborough University

Doug was delighted and honoured to receive his Honorary Degree from Loughborough University on Tuesday, 18 July from the Chancellor, Lord Sebastian Coe who presided over the proceedings and had a few words with every one of the 500 students who graduated from the School of Business and Economics. 

Doug holding his scroll

Doug holding his scroll

Doug's degree was awarded in recognition of "his outstanding achievements in mountaineering and his sustained contribution to international charity". 

Doug and Trish after the conferment of Doug's Honorary Degree

Doug and Trish after the conferment of Doug's Honorary Degree

Doug with Vice-Chancellor, Robert Allison and Chancellor Lord Coe

Doug with Vice-Chancellor, Robert Allison and Chancellor Lord Coe

Everyone at CAN is delighted for Doug that all his hard work in Nepal has been recognised by this award. 


CAN are very honoured to be associated with WYG who have won the International Charity Project Award at this year's British Expertise International [BEI] Annual Awards ceremony.

Soon after the 2015 earthquake CAN was contacted by Peter O'Kane when he asked how BEI could help. As well as committing funding to support CAN's reconstruction efforts, Peter and Tracey Smith, BEI's Chief Executive, gave CAN a wonderful opportunity at a meeting of leading construction companies at the House of Lords in June 2015. Our Patron, Sir Chris Bonington gave an assessment of the impact of the earthquakes on CAN's projects, all of which were damaged and half destroyed. 

As a result of this event CAN established an excellent relationship with WYG which has greatly helped us to put into practice the principles of "Building Back Better". Over 30 projects have now been repaired or rebuilt incorporating earthquake resistant methodology. We are proud of our reconstruction efforts but this would not have been possible without the support of WYG and the facilitation of BEI.

The principles of "Building Back Better" can best be explained in a comprehensive paper produced by WYG, Final Construction Ethos. The report can be read by clicking here.

CAN would like to thank WYG's Directors and Andrew Fotherby for the company's 100% commitment in support of the mountain people of Nepal. WYG have provided generous "in kind" support enabling us to benefit from Glyn Utting's prodigious project management and structural engineering skills, the expertise of Cara Buchan [an architect with seismological expertise] as well as Will Pearson and Simon Eden, both well-qualified geologists. The WYG team waded through monsoon rivers, coped with blood sucking leeches and faced extreme cold whilst working in partnership with our Nepalese colleagues. 

We would also like to thank two other members of our team who represented CAN at the BEI awards. Ex-BBC journalist Mike Wooldridge and his wife Ruth visited Nepal on the first anniversary of the earthquake and produced a moving video, "The Day the Mountains Shook" highlighting the work of recovery and hope in the remote communities CAN supports. The short video can be viewed by scrolling down to the bottom of this page.

CAN would like to reiterate our grateful thanks to Peter O'Kane and Tracey Smith, to other BEI members and to WYG for their continuing support. 

Images from the awards ceremony are posted below. 

Doug Scott

Operations Director, CAN UK

WYG team members. L - R: Clive Anderson, Will Pearson, Glyn Utting and Andrew Fotherby

WYG team members. L - R: Clive Anderson, Will Pearson, Glyn Utting and Andrew Fotherby

The winning team receiving their award from the Duke of Gloucester who is hidden behind CAN's Phil Powell

The winning team receiving their award from the Duke of Gloucester who is hidden behind CAN's Phil Powell


You are now able to support CAN by wearing the CAN logo with pride with either a marathon shirt, t-shirt or sweat shirt. What are you waiting for!

For more information and to place an order contact the CAN office - Telephone number: 01768 484842


MARATHON SHIRT - available in sizes, small, medium, large and extra large

MARATHON SHIRT - available in sizes, small, medium, large and extra large

T-SHIRT - available in sizes, small, medium, large and extra large. Cost £8.00 + £3.50 p&p

T-SHIRT - available in sizes, small, medium, large and extra large. Cost £8.00 + £3.50 p&p

SWEAT SHIRT:-available in sizes, small, medium, large and extra large Cost £12.00 + £3.50 p&p

Kekoo Naoroji Book Award

The Himalayan Club  is holding its Annual Seminar on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February and will be presenting Doug with the Kekoo Naoroji Book Award for his autobiography Up and About - The Hard Road to Everest

Doug opening the Wetheral Art Exhibition in 2016

Doug opening the Wetheral Art Exhibition in 2016

The Kekoo Naoroji Award was set up by The Himalayan Club, in association with the Naoroji family and Godrej industries, in memory of Kekoo Naoroji [1915-2003] and is an annual award for the best book on the Himalaya. 

Mr Naoroji went to school in Karachi and took his degree at University College London where he studied Economics. On his return to India he worked for ICI but also developed a love of trekking and exploring the mountains. 

Doug is honoured that Volume I of his autobiography has been acknowledged worthy of an award and that his love of the Himalaya recognised in this way. He looks forward to meeting everyone and to explaining in a speech after the award ceremony "Why I am reluctant to write an Autobiography" - a reluctance which has led to this wonderful success.  


In April 2015, Row and Tom Smith were trekking through Nepal on the adventure of a lifetime when suddenly the earth began to move. Trapped in the mountains, desperately trying to avoid violent avalanches and gaping crevasses, their holiday quickly turned into a battle for survival. Along their journey, Row and Tom befriended local villagers and other trekkers from around the world. The devastation and destruction of the earthquake ruined many of these people’s lives, but it also brought many people together. Row’s incredible story and that of many of the people they met along the way will leave you breathless. All proceeds from the book will be donated to CAN  who will help Nepal rebuild.

The book is available worldwide on, and kindle.




CAN supporter Andy Parkin's studio destroyed

Everyone at CAN was shocked to learn on Monday, 12 December of the catastrophic fire to Andy Parkin's studio in the old grain mill on the Moulin des Artistes near Chamonix during the night of the 9/10 December.

The inferno completely destroyed the work rooms and the exhibition space which was shared by fellow artists, Anati Graetz and Peter Steltzner. The good news is that no one suffered any injury.

Please follow the link below (in french and English) for further information:

As many of you will know Andy is one of Britain's finest alpinists, an active environmentalist and a very talented artist. He is one of CAN's Trustees and a long standing supporter of the charity. Andy has spent long periods in Nepal working with the children at the Sindhu School for the Deaf at Bahrabise.

Through Andy's lively encouragement the children blossomed through their artistic endeavours developing into fine artists. Many of the paintings which the children produced were sold in the UK and Chamonix with the funds raised providing, not only pocket money, but also a degree of normality to the lives of these very disadvantaged children. Some of the children's images are pictured here.

As you will see from the link individual fund raising has already begun in Chamonix. All of us here at CAN including our Patron, Sir Chris Bonington, fully support this initiative and encourage all those in the climbing and art world that know Andy to help him and his friends back onto their feet.

Let's give sooner rather than later and help this band of artistic brothers who have done so much for the environment and for others, at home and abroad, to be fully operational as soon as possible.

The Kekoo Naoroji Book Award 2016


Doug was thrilled to receive news that the Jury have selected his autobiography, Up and About: The Hard Road to Everest as the winning entry for the Kekoo Naoroji Award for Mountain Literature and gratefully received the congratulations from the Naoroji and Godrej families and the Himalayan Club.

Doug will be traveling with Trish to collect his award in Mumbai on 18th February 2017.

Day the mountains shook video by Mike Wooldridge

A year on the Nepal Earthquake has been largely been forgotten in public consciousness and superseded by other news and world events. Former BBC world affairs correspondent, Mike Wooldridge, Ruth Wooldridge and Nepali cinematographer Narendra Mainali have recently made a 10 minute video, 'The Day the Mountains Shook', for Community Action Nepal, providing an update on the current situation in Nepal.

English subtitles are available (button in bottom right-hand corner).

The video makes compelling viewing, examining the progress that Community Action Nepal has made with the reconstruction and regeneration in a number of the communities in which it works. These are located in the remote Middle Hills and mountainous villages along the border with Tibet. They were the communities in Nepal that were worst affected by the earthquake.