Doug Scott: Crawling down the Ogre

Showing Sunday 15 October, 7.30pm

Doug Scott: Crawling down the Ogre

This production ended on 15/10/2017

Synopsis

Doug Scott’s mountaineering highpoint was the first ascent of Everest by its South West Face – but his greatest adventure was undoubtedly his first ascent, accident and then escape from The Ogre. This is an epic tale of hard climbing and survival that has now become part of mountaineering folklore.

The Ogre (7,285 m) is the most difficult of the world’s high mountains to climb. In 1977 Doug Scott and Chris Bonington made the first ascent after a sequence of very difficult rock climbing that extended the boundaries of what had been achieved before at that altitude. The subsequent descent, in the dark, immediately became an epic. It was 24 years before there was a second ascent of The Ogre.

Proceeds from this lecture series will go towards Doug Scott’s charity Community Action Nepal , as part of their reconstruction programme following the recent Nepalese earthquake.

Doug Scott CBE – Biography
Doug Scott has made 45 expeditions to the high mountains of Asia. He has reached the summit of more than 40 Himalayan peaks, of which half were climbed by new routes or for the first time in Alpine style. In 1975 he and Dougal Haston became the first Britons to climb Everest when they made the first ascent of the South West Face on Chris Bonington’s Expedition.

He is a past President of the Alpine Club and an Honorary Member of the American Alpine Club. He was made a CBE in 1994, received the Royal Geographical Society Patron’s Gold Medal in 1999 and the Piolet d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Doug has long recognised that these achievements crucially relied upon the support of local mountain people, porters and Sherpa. In 1998 he founded the UK registered charity Community Action Nepal.

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