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A Crawl down The Ogre by Doug Scott CBE at National Museum Cardiff

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In 1977 legendary mountaineers Chris Bonington and Doug Scott made the first ascent of Baintha Brakk (7285 m) in the Karakorum – better known as The Ogre. Their climb extended the boundaries of what had been achieved before at that altitude. But it was the subsequent descent from the summit in the dark that turned their climb into an epic.

With the aid of newly discovered photographs and diaries from the climb, Doug will be telling a thrilling tale of hard climbing, team work and survival against all odds that has since become part of mountaineering folklore and extended the boundaries of what had been achieved before at that altitude.

Doug slipped on the abseil below the summit breaking both legs just above the ankles and losing his spectacles and ice axe. He and Chris were forced to spend the night on a snow patch, warding off frost bite. Chris then went ahead to alert their team mates, whilst Doug crawled out on his hands and knees (eventually wearing out the knees of five pairs of over trousers). Storm and starvation followed but they had to carry on regardless before losing all their remaining strength. Chris abseiled off the end of the rope, smashing his ribs and later contracting contracted pneumonia. With the selfless help of Mo Anthoine and Clive Rowland, it took them eight days to reach Base Camp but the adventure did not stop there. And it was another 24 years before The Ogre was climbed again.

Proceeds from the talk will help support the work of Community Action Nepal canepal.org.uk and The International Porter Protection Group ippg.net. Cardiff-based IPPG works to improve the working conditions of mountain porters in the tourism industry worldwide. Its aim is for every porter to have access to adequate clothing, boots, shelter and food (appropriate to the altitude and weather), medical care when ill or injured,and insurance. IPPG and CAN work together at porter rescue shelters in the Everest region of Nepal.

The evening will include a sale of Nepalese goods, cards and posters. Doug’s talk will be followed by an auction of signed framed mountaineering prints. Doug will also sign copies of his award-winning autobiography Up And About.

Date and time: Tuesday 7th November 2017 at 7.00 pm (doors open 6.00 pm)

Venue: National Museum Cardiff, Reardon Smith Theatre, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP

For further information contact Dr Elana Owen on elanagwen@hotmail.com.

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