Climbing legend to speak locally

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LEGENDARY Everest mountaineer Doug Scott CBE will entertain local mountaineers and armchair explorers with a talk in the Assembly Room at Arbroath’s Webster Memorial Theatre on Saturday, October 27, at 7.30 p.m.

Tickets cost £15 and £12 concessions and are available from the theatre box office.

Now in his 70s, Mr Scott is still climbing but has also dedicated the later years of his life to charitable and humanitarian projects in Nepal, the land which has made him a household name.  His incredible knowledge of the world’s mountainous regions, breathtaking climbing tales and famous dry wit make him a much loved raconteur and welcome guest.

Mr Scott has made 45 expeditions to the high mountains of Asia. He has reached the summit of 49 peaks, of which half were climbed by new routes or for the first time in Alpine style.

In 1975 he became the first Englishman to climb Mount Everest with Scotsman Dougal Haston. Apart from this South West face of Everest climb during Chris Bonington’s expedition, he has made all his climbs in lightweight or Alpine style, without the use of artificial oxygen.

In 1979 he made the first ascent (and only the third ever) of Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain without bottled oxygen. He has reached the highest peaks on all seven continents – ‘the seven summits’.

Mr Scott is a past president of the Alpine Club and an honorary member of the American Alpine Club. He was made a CBE in 1994, received the Royal Geographical Society Patron’s Gold Medal in 1999 and the Piolet d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

He has long recognised that these achievements crucially relied on the support of local mountain people, porters and Sherpas. In 1998 he founded the charity Community Action Nepal which today has over 40 ongoing community welfare projects reaching 250,000 people, including operating nine schools, seven health posts and building two porter overnight shelters.

In his spare time Mr Scott enjoys gardening, growing vegetables and rock climbing.

His brand new lecture, lavishly illustrated by his own celebrated mountain photography, gives a very personal account of a lifetime spent in the world’s highest mountains – both the highs and the lows.

The first half of the lecture covers Mr Scott’s big wall climbing from humble beginnings on the gritstone of Derbyshire through to routes on the big walls of the world. Featured climbs include routes on the Dolomites, Troll Wall, Yosemite, up the towering Asgard on the Arctic circle of Canada to the Ogre in the Karakoram and Shivling of the India Himal.

In the second half the lecture discusses expedition climbing from early overland trips to North Africa, Turkey, Kurdistan and the Hindu Kush to Everest South West Face, Kangchenjunga, Nupste, Shishapangma and K2.

The lecture was given its premier during his 2012 Norway and USA lecture tour last month at which it received rave reviews from these international audiences.