Doug Scott's autumn tour includes Hard Road to Everest talks at: Ulverston, Lancaster, Cardigan, Birmingham, The Wirral, Perth, St Andrews, Basingstoke and Gorsley.
The legendary mountaineer 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 expedition to the mountain’s south-west face. As darkness fell they scraped a small cave in the snow 100 metres below the summit, surviving the highest bivouac ever – without bottled oxygen, sleeping bags and, as it turned out, frostbite. For Doug it was the fulfilment 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.
Doug and Dougal returned home national heroes with their image splashed across the front pages. Doug went on to pioneer 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 support the work of Community Action Nepal www.canepal.org.uk and include a sale of Nepalese goods and an auction of signed framed mountaineering prints. Doug will update the audience about the post-earthquake reconstruction of CAN’s projects. He will also be signing copies of his posters and award-winning books, including 'Up and About - the hard road to Everest'.