Doug's Books

Copies of Doug's two recent books are available: 

  • UP AND ABOUT - the first part of Doug's autobiography - £24 p&p included. This price for postage does not include overseas sales - please contact the office.

  • THE OGRE - an account of his climb and the dramatic descent - £20 p&p included, This price for postage does not include overseas sales - - please contact the office.

Details of the books are below, with ordering information at the bottom of the page.





On the afternoon of 13 July 1977, having become the first climbers to reach the summit of The OgreDoug Scott and Chris Bonington began their long descent. In the minutes that followed, any feeling of success from their achievement would be overwhelmed by the start of a desperate fight for survival. And things would only get worse.

Rising to 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 by Scott and Bonington in 1977 on expedition with Paul 'Tut' BraithwaiteNick EstcourtClive Rowland and Mo Anthoine it waited almost twenty-four years for a second ascent, and a further eleven years for a third.

The Ogre, by legendary mountaineer Doug Scott, is a two-part biography of this enigmatic peak: in the first part, Scott has painstakingly researched the geography and history of the mountain; part two is the long overdue and very personal account of his and Bonington s first ascent and their dramatic week-long descent on which Scott suffered two broken legs and Bonington smashed ribs. Using newly discovered diaries, letters and audio tapes, it tells of the heroic and selfless roles played by Clive Rowland and Mo Anthoine. When the desperate climbers finally made it back to base camp, they were to find it abandoned and themselves still a long way from safety.

The Ogre is undoubtedly one of the greatest adventure stories of all time.





At dusk on 24 September 1975, Doug Scott 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 immense south-west face.

As darkness fell, Scott and Haston 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 fulfilment of a fortune-teller's prophecy 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.

In Up and About, the first volume of his autobiography, Scott tells his story from his birth in Nottingham during the darkest days of war to the summit of the world. Surviving the unplanned bivouac without oxygen near the summit of Everest widened the range of what and how he would climb in the future. In fact, Scott established more climbs on the high mountains of the world after his ascent of Everest than before. Those climbs will be covered in the second volume of his life and times.

'A full and fascinating portrait of one of the great figures of mountaineering.' - Michael Palin

'As well as relaying the literal ups and downs of the biggest walls and highest mountains in the world, Scott writes with honesty about the emotional and personal peaks and troughs of a life where family relationships are put under strain and life itself is so often at risk.' - The Westmorland Gazette


Notification of your order should be sent either by letter to Doug at the address below, or by email to:

If you would like a signed copy, please indicate and provide wording of any dedication.


Cheque payments should be made payable to Doug Scott and sent to:

Doug Scott CBE
Stewart Hill Cottage, Hesket Newmarket
WIGTON, Cumbria

Payments by internet banking should be referenced with the purchasers's name and the title of the book ordered. Payments should be sent to:

Account Name: Doug Scott Business Account
Bank: The Cumberland Building Society
Account No: 542 374 19
Sort Code: 16.52.21
IBAN: GB49 CMBS 1652 2154 2374 19