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Up And About: the hard road to Everest by Doug Scott CBE - Oxford

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In Up And About, mountaineer 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 the Dolomites. He completed his first Alpine season at the age of eighteen. In 1965, aged twenty-three, he went on his first organized 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 Mount Everest as lead climbers on Chris Bonington’s epic expedition to the mountain’s immense south-west face. 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 or, as it turned out, frostbite. Surviving this unplanned bivouac widened the ranged 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.

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, a UK-based registered charity founded by Doug in 1995, which aims to help mountaineers support the mountain people of Nepal.

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’.

For further information contact Phil and Sarah Powell: T. 01865 778536 e. sarah.powell.loving@googlemail.com

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