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Dougie Lang Killed in Coire Fee

Veteran climber Douglas (Dougie) Lang died at the weekend. The 69 year-old Dundonian, former SMC President and long time stalwart of the Scottish scene, was killed while soloing in Coire Fee. It's thought he was caught in an avalanche.

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Dougie Lang in trad winter gear - 1968
© hunter, Dec 1968

The alarm was raised by his family when his return was overdue on Friday, and a search was initiated by Tayside Police and Mountain Rescue, with the support of a helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth. On Sunday police confirmed the discovery of a body in avalanche debris, though it is yet to be formally identified.

In a long and respected climbing career Dougie Lang made many first ascents including the classic Ardverikie Wall on Binnein Shuas with Graeme Hunter (1967), and the Great Stack of Handa with Hunter and Hamish MacInnes (1969). He was well known and much liked, and his loss is a sad blow for the Scottish climbing community.

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After the 1st ascent of the Great Stack of Handa
© Hamish MacInnes, Jul 1969
Doug Lang's descent from the Great Stack of Handa, 118 kb
Doug Lang's descent from the Great Stack of Handa
© Hamish MacInnes, Jul 1969


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