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London: The Hard Road to Everest by Chris Bonington, Doug Scott, Paul Brait...

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Legendary mountaineers Sir Chris Bonington, Doug Scott CBE and Paul 'Tut' Braithwaite give a fascinating and humorous insight into how their colourful careers developed from early youth - including temporary careers in the army, selling margarine, teaching geography and painting and decorating - to Everest in 1975.

Chris Bonington is Britain’s best known climber. In the 1960s he made the first British ascent of the Eiger and climbed the Old Man of Hoy on TV (a feat he repeated at the age of 80!). Climbing ability aligned to formidable logistical skills resulted in him leading some of the most important large scale expeditions to the Himalaya in the 1970s, including the south face of Annapurna and south-west face of Everest - which became known as Everest The Hard Way - in 1975. Solely focused on the success of his team he did not have a chance to reach the top that season. It was to be another ten years before he stood on the top of the world.

Doug Scott and Dougal Haston became the first Britons to stand on the summit of Everest and were also the first to climb the world’s highest mountain by the south-west face, as part of Chris’s British Mount Everest South West Face expedition. Despite running out of oxygen, they managed to survive an unplanned bivouac just below the summit on the descent. Miraculously they accomplished all this without contracting frostbite. They returned home national heroes and fulfilled a fortune-teller’s prophesy given to Doug’s mother: that her eldest son would be in danger in a high place with the whole world watching.

Paul Braithwaite and Nick Estcourt helped pave the way to the summit of Everest when, using their brilliant rock climbing skills, they found a route through the almost vertical Rock Band at about 8,200 m, setting up fixed ropes. Their heroic efforts in pushing a route through the Rock Band opened the way to the summit for the team but also meant they had sacrificed the chance to make their own summit bid.

The evening will include a sale of Nepalese goods, cards and posters and will be followed by an auction of signed framed mountaineering prints, all supporting the post-earthquake reconstruction work of Community Action Nepal www.canepal.org.uk. Doug will also be signing copies of award-winning Up And About, volume 1 of his autobiography, and ‘The Ogre- Biography of a mountain and the dramatic story of the first ascent’. Chris will be signing copies of his autobiography, Ascent.

Exhibition Road entrance and Map Room cash bar open at 6.00 pm

For further information or to book tickets direct contact Denise Prior T. 07986 372558 /

e. deniseprior@canepal.org.uk .

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