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Denise Prior CAN - on 21 Aug 2018

The Hard Road to Everest

Doug Scott CBE & Paul Braithwaite with Sir Chris Bonington on 21 & 22 November

Autumn 2018 tour: Skipton 3 Oct – Nottingham 10 Oct – Capel Curig 10 Nov – Brecon 11 Nov – Mold 12 Nov – Stockton-on-Tees 15 Nov – Stroud 20 Nov – London 21 Nov – Oxford 22 Nov – Cardiff 23 Nov – Pateley Bridge 30 Nov

Legendary mountaineers Sir Chris Bonington (21 & 22 Nov only), Doug Scott CBE and Paul 'Tut' Braithwaite give a fascinating and humorous insight into how their colourful careers developed from early youth - including temporary careers in the army, selling margarine, teaching geography and painting and decorating - to Everest.

Chris Bonington is Britain’s best known climber. Climbing ability aligned to formidable logistical skills resulted in him leading some of the most important large scale expeditions to the Himalaya, including the British Mountain Everest SW Face expedition in 1975.  Solely focused on the success of his team he did not have a chance to reach the top that season. It was to be another ten years before he stood on top of the world.

Doug Scott and Dougal Haston became the first Britons to climb Everest and also the first to climb by the south-west face on Chris’s expedition. They also survived the world’s highest bivouac without oxygen, sleeping bags or frostbite. They returned home national heroes and fulfilled a fortune-teller’s prophesy given to Doug’s mother: that her eldest son would be in danger in a high place with the whole world watching.

Paul Braithwaite and Nick Estcourt helped pave the way to the summit of Everest when, using their brilliant rock climbing skills, they found a route through the almost vertical Rock Band at about 8,200 m, setting up the fixed ropes. This also meant they had sacrificed the chance to make their own summit bid.


03 Oct                   Skipton, Skipton Town Hall, BD23 1AH 01756 792809

10 Oct                   Nottingham, Broadway Cinema, NG1 3AL / 0115 9526 611

10 Nov                  Capel Curig, Moel Siabod Café, LL24 0EL 01690 720429

11 Nov                 Brecon, Theatr Brycheiniog, LD3 7EW       / 01874 611622

12 Nov                  Mold, Theatr Clwyd, CH7 1YA                             / 01352 701521

15 Nov                  Stockton-on-Tees, Egglescliffe School, TS16 0LA  / 01642 352570

20 Nov                  Stroud, Subscription Rooms, GL5 1AE  / 01453 760900

21 Nov                  London, Royal Geographical Society, SW7 2AR    / 07986 372558

22 Nov                  Oxford, Museum of Natural History, OX1 3PW     / 01865 778536

23 Nov                  Cardiff, Museum of Cardiff, CF10 3NP 07986 372558

30 Nov                  Pateley Bridge, Memorial Hall, HG3 5JS 01423 711840

On all evenings you can purchase Nepalese goods and auctioned signed framed mountaineering prints, all in aid of Community Action Nepal. Doug Scott will be signing posters and his books. Sir Chris Bonington will be signing his autobiography ‘Ascent’ at London and Oxford on 21 and 22 November.

Profits from ticket sales to Community Action Nepal, with the exception of Mold on 12 Nov, to Community Action Nepal Registered Charity No. 1067772

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