When Cheshire-born George Mallory coined his immortal phrase “because it's there”, the Everest hero ushered in the golden age of mountaineering.
In 1975, not only was climber Doug Scott CBE ‘there’ on Everest but he also ‘got the T-shirt’, or in this case the picture, of summit partner and self-styled ‘Mick Jagger’ of mountaineering Dougal Haston as they stood on the mountain's peak, the first Britons to do so. Haston was only persuaded to reciprocate the honour when Doug requested a snap of himself at the top ‘for his mum’.
Mallory and his fellow Cheshire ‘playboy’ Andrew ‘Sandy’ Irvine were of course lost in the snows of legend, not only for the doomed Everest mission but for their larger than life personas.
Mallory had once risked life and limb to recover his ‘pipe’ during a horrific descent of Mount Snowdon, whilst Irvine thought nothing of motorcycling to the top of the same range as a Sunday afternoon joy ride.
Similar tales abound in climbing circles; now many will feature in Wild Mountain Times, written by Wirral's Dean Johnson, who has illustrated them with songs. Doug Scott will be on hand at The Grosvenor Museum in Chester to contribute to the presentation. Doug's former mentor, the gruff northerner Don Whillans, who was just as inspired to a visit to the pub as he was to the Himalayas, is also featured, along with occultist Aleister Crowley, an unlikely early pioneer of climbing. He was often to be seen on the peaks of North Wales with his collection of black magic books.
The performance will include excerpts of the Mallory and Irvine musical biography Ice Picks and Violets, narrated by Doug Scott. The evening is in aid of Doug's Community Action Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund.
Before the event and during the interval there will be a sale of Nepalese goods and signed framed mountain prints. Doug will be signing copies of his award winning autobiography "Up and About - The Hard Road to Everest".