Forty years ago Doug Scott CBE and that other icon of mountaineering, Chris Bonington, made the first ascent of The Ogre (7285m) in the Karakoram. Their climb extended the boundaries of what had been achieved before at that altitude. But it was the subsequent descent from the summit in the dark, turning a catalogue of disasters that would have defeated most people, into an epic which has since entered mountaineering folklore. It was 24 years before The Ogre was climbed again.
With the aid of new photographs, and audio tapes made by the late Mo Anthoine on the expedition and recently discovered in an attic, Doug will be telling a thrilling story of hard climbing, team work and survival against all odds, in his famously laconic and humorous style.
Proceeds from the talk will help support the work of Community Action Nepal and the International Porter Protection Group. Cardiff-based IPPG UK works to improve the working conditions of mountain porters in the tourism industry worldwide. Its aim is for every porter to have access to adequate clothing, boots, shelter and food (appropriate to the altitude and weather), medical care when ill or injured, and insurance. IPPG and CAN work together at porter rescue shelters in the Everest region of Nepal.
The evening will include a sale of Nepalese goods, cards and posters. Doug’s talk will be followed by an auction of signed framed mountaineering prints. Doug will also sign copies of his award-winning autobiography Up And About.
Date and time / Tuesday 7th November 2017 at 1900 (doors open 1800)
Venue / National Museum Cardiff, Reardon Smith Theatre, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP (Map)
Tickets / £15 Full / £13 Concessions (U18, student, 65+, groups of 10+)
Further information about the night and to book online: https://www.canepal.org.uk/2017-lectures/2017/11/7/cardiff
Information about the lecture tour and other venues: https://www.canepal.org.uk/doug-scott-mountaineer-lectures/