At last nights meeting in Bury I explained I was arranging for Doug Scott to give a lecture in Ramsbottom on Thursday 2 October 2014. The details of his talk are set out below. I hope MoB members will be interested and support the event. I will provide more details when it is finalised and tickets are available. It will be a charity event for Community Action Nepal.
“The Three Peaks: Everest, K2 and Kangchenjunga”
In a stunningly illustrated talk, Doug tells of his adventures, triumphs and tragedies on the world’s three highest mountains.
Everest: at sunset on the 24 September 1975, Doug Scott and Dougal Haston reached the summit of Everest, having made the first ascent of its very difficult South West Face – they were the first Britons to climb the mountain. On the descent, they survived without oxygen or sleeping bags and had the highest bivouac ever at 28,700 feet just 100 metres from the summit.
Kangchenjunga: the world’s third highest summit, but much more technically demanding and dangerous than Everest. In May 1979, after two and a half months of climbing through one storm after another Doug Scott with Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker reached a point just 10 feet below the summit – in deference to the local people they left the summit untouched - it is regarded as the dwelling place of their Gods.
K2: “Third time lucky” doesn’t always hold true. In 1978 Doug was high on the world’s second highest mountain, roped to his great friend Nick Escourt, when they were avalanched. The rope broke and Nick was swept to his death leaving Doug to tell the tale. He returned in 1983 with Andy Parkin, Roger Baxter-Jones and Jean Afanassieff and pioneered a new route up the South Pillar of K2 but were denied the summit. Despite three further attempts Doug never climbed K2, but feels that “two out of three ain’t bad”.
If anyone is interested Doug has a website here - http://www.dougscottmountaineering.co.uk
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