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A crawl down the Ogre

Tuesday 27th February 2018, 3:23pm

Doug Scott CBE will be visiting Moffat on 7th March to share his epic tale of adventure following the first ascent of The Ogre in the Karakoram.

He and fellow mountaineering legend Chris Bonington made the first ascent of The Ogre (7285m) in July 1977.  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, with its catalogue of disasters, that became the epic tale which has entered mountaineering folklore.  

Doug will be telling a thrilling story of hard climbing, team work and survival against all odds, in his famously laconic and humorous style. The talk has been refreshed with the aid of newly discovered photographs and material from diaries from other members of the team – Chris Bonington, Nick Estcourt and Clive Rowland - plus cine film and audio tapes recently discovered in an attic and made on the expedition by the late Mo Anthoine.

The evening will include a sale of Nepalese goods, Christmas cards and posters, and will be followed by an auction of framed mountaineering prints signed by famous mountaineers, such as Reinhold Messner, Chris Bonington and Stephen Venables, to support the work of Doug Scott’s charity, Community Action Nepal.

Doug will also be signing copies of his award-winning autobiography Up And About and his latest book, The Ogre – Biography of a mountain and the dramatic story of the first ascent

Proceeds from the talk will help support the work of Moffat Mountain Rescue Team  and  Community Action Nepal. Doug will update the audience on CAN’s progress with post-Nepal Earthquake reconstruction of its projects. 

The talk will be at 7.30pm on Wednesday 7th March, at the Annandale Arms Hotel, High Street, Moffat Tickets are £10 on the door or can be purchased in dvance by contacting Garry Tait on 01683 221154.

Doug Scott during the gruelling descent.