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A Crawl down The Ogre by Doug Scott CBE at National Museum Cardiff
Tue 7 November 2017, 19:00 – 22:00 GMT
Mountaineer Doug Scott CBE, will be telling the story of his legendary crawl down The Ogre in Pakistan’s Karakorum, following the first ever ascent of with Sir Chris Bonington in 1977. The Ogre is now recognised as one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb. There were twenty further attempts before it was finally climbed again twenty four years later.
This epic tale of hard climbing and survival has now become part of mountaineering folklore. An abseil just below the summit went wrong. Doug slammed into the rock, lost his glasses and ice axe and came to a halt, dangling on the end of the rope with both legs broken just above the ankles. Following a night on a snow patch, massaging their toes to ward off frost bite, Chris went ahead and alerted expedition team mates, Mo Anthoine and Clive Rowland. Over the next eight days, with the selfless support of Mo and Clive, they descended through a five day storm to the glacier and safety. En route Chris broke several ribs after abseiling off the end of the rope and later caught pneumonia.
Following a five day wait for a stretcher party, eight Balti hill men arrived to carry Doug for three days down the glaciers to the village of Askoli. A helicopter flew in and out to Skardu where, to add insult to injury, it crash landed amongst rocks, well short of the helipad but without further injury to the occupants. It was seven days before another helicopter could be located to bring out Chris.
Subsequently, Doug was to visit Pakistan on six more occasions for climbs around Broad Peak and K2 and was able to repay the help given by the Balti of Askoli. He had installed a clean water system that dramatically reduced the previous 50% child mortality mainly from enteritis. This gave him the confidence to eventually help establish 60 projects in remote areas of rural Nepal - Health Posts, Schools and Porter Rescue Shelters - through his charity Community Action Nepal. Most of CAN’s projects were damaged or destroyed in the Nepal earthquakes of 2015. Doug will update the audience on the progress made with the reconstruction of the projects.
Proceeds from the talk will go to supporting the work of Community Action Nepal and the International Porter Protection Group UK, a sister organisation whose members are mainly based around Cardiff and who run the porter rescue shelters in the Everest region of Nepal.
There will be a sale of Nepalese goods, posters and cards before the talk and during the interval, plus an auction of signed framed mountain prints. Doug will also be signing copies of his award winning autobiography ‘Up and About’.