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In The Hard Road to Everest Doug Scott tells his story from his birth in Nottingham during the darkest days of war to the summit of the world. Born in Nottingham in 1941, Doug Scott began climbing in Derbyshire when he was thirteen and without any obvious plan was soon discovering the cliffs of Snowdonia, Scotland, the Alps and Dolomites. He completed his first Alpine season at the age of eighteen. In 1965, aged twenty-three, he went on his first organised expedition, to the Tibesti Mountains of Chad. It was to be the first of many trips to the high mountains of the world.

At dusk on 24 September 1975, Doug and his climbing partner Dougal Haston became the first Britons to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, as lead climbers on Chris Bonington's epic expedition to the immense south-west face of the mountain. As darkness fell, Doug and Dougal scraped a small cave in the snow 100 metres below the summit and survived the highest bivouac ever - without bottled oxygen, sleeping bags and, as it turned out, frostbite. Surviving this unplanned bivouac widened the range of what and how Doug would climb in the future. It was also the fulfilment of a fortune-teller's prophecy given to his mother: that her eldest son would be in danger in a high place with the whole world watching.

Doug and Dougal returned home national heroes with their image splashed across the front pages. Doug went on to become one of Britain's greatest ever mountaineers, pioneering new climbs in the remotest corners of the globe. His career spans the golden age of British climbing, from the 1960s boom in outdoor adventure to the new wave of lightweight alpinism throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

Proceeds from the evening will support the work of Community Action Nepal and Cardiff-based International Porter Protection Group UK. CAN is a UK-based registered charity founded by Doug in 1995, which works with remote mountain communities in Nepal canepal.org.uk. IPPG works to improve the working conditions of mountain porters in the tourism industry worldwide ippg.net. Together CAN and IPPG UK work together at porter rescue shelters in the Everest region of Nepal.

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

For further information and to purchase tickets direct contact: Dr Elana Owen elanagwen@hotmail.com


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