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Doug Scott CBE


Everest: The Hard Way – Up and About

Autumn 2016

Doug Scott and Dougal Haston made the first ascent of Everest’s massive South West Face – Everest: The Hard Way. To celebrate the recent publication of his autobiography, Up and About, Doug will tell of not only of this epic expedition and climb, but also how his life led up to this defining moment and where it took him after his return from the summit.

Doug Scott on the summit of Everest having made the first ascent of the mountain’s South West Face 

This is a brand new lecture, illustrated with his celebrated mountain photography. Doug will give a very personal account of this ground-breaking climb to the world’s highest summit.

The first half of the evening will cover how Doug established himself as one of Britain’s leading mountaineers and came to be chosen as an expedition climber, of the early adventures on the mountain and how the Chris Bonington led team established itself on the Everest’s massive South West Face.

In the second half he will tell of the summit, the highest ever, unplanned bivouac and how the climb influenced his future climbs and his on-going charitable work in Nepal.

Doug is a highly respected international mountaineer, a popular lecturer, receiving rave reviews and attracting capacity audiences – often exceeding 500 - in the UK and abroad. 

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.  All his other climbs have been made in lightweight or Alpine Style, without the use of supplementary oxygen.  In 1979 he made the first ascent of Kangchenjunga North Face, the world’s third highest mountain.  He has reached the highest peaks on all seven continents – “The Seven Summits”. 

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 [CAN] which, in the intervening years set up 50 community welfare projects reaching 250,000 people, including  supporting 15 schools and 14 rural health posts. CAN has built three porter rescue shelters in conjunction with IPPGUK and PPUK in the Khumbu.  Sadly, however, nearly all these projects were badly affected, and in many cases destroyed during the recent Nepalese earthquake.  Proceeds from this lecture season will be used in the charity’s reconstruction programme. 

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