22nd April 2020
Doug Scott is one of Britain’s greatest ever mountaineers. He and Dougal Haston were the first Britons to stand on the summit of Everest. They were also the first to climb it by the massive South West Face and survive the world’s highest bivouac just below the summit.
Inspired by his Everest experience, Doug was in the vanguard of the new wave of lightweight alpinism throughout the 1970s and ‘80s. The idea of climbing on Kangchenjunga (8598m) the world’s third highest mountain grew in his imagination and he wanted to try a new route up the North Ridge without bottled oxygen in 1979. Pete Boardman and Joe Tasker, both of whom were already adept at lightweight Alpine climbing, were invited to join him along with Georges Bettembourg, Chamonix guide and scion of the celebrated Charlet family.
Doug illustrates this 40th anniversary lecture tour with stunning photography and in his famously laconic style. The tour coincides with the launch of his new book about Kangchenjunga.
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 and plans for the future. He will also be signing copies of his posters and books.
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