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A crawl down the Ogre, 40 years on

Tuesday 6th June 2017, 11:50am

One of mountaineering’s most enduring epics will be retold in a lecture tour which will visit some of Scotland’s smaller towns and villages rather than concentrating on the cities.

In 1977 legendary mountaineers Chris Bonington and Doug Scott made the first ascent of The Ogre (7825m) in Pakistan. That was just the start of the adventure. With the aid of newly discovered photographs, Doug will be telling a thrilling tale of hard climbing, team work and survival against all odds that has since become part of mountaineering folklore and extended the boundaries of what had been achieved before at that altitude.

Their subsequent descent in the dark immediately became an epic. Doug broke both legs just above the ankles. A storm blew in lasting five days, during which time Chris smashed his ribs and contracted pneumonia. With the selfless help of Mo Anthoine and Clive Rowland, it took them eight days to reach Base Camp.

It was another 24 years before The Ogre was climbed again.

Each evening will include a sale of Nepalese goods, cards and posters and the talks will be followed by an auction of signed framed mountaineering prints in aid of Community Action Nepal.  Doug will also sign copies of his award-winning autobiography Up And About.

Profits from ticket sales will go to Community Action Nepal and Doug Scott CBE.



Tues 4             Isle of Arran High School                                 canepal.org.uk / 01770 302113

Thur 6             Ullapool, The Macphail Centre                         canepal.org.uk / 01445 712071

Fri 7                 Poolewe, Inverewe Garden & Estate               canepal.org.uk / 01445 712071

Mon 10           Plockton High School                                       canepal.org.uk / 01445 712071

Tues 11           Dunkeld, Birnam Arts                                    birnhamarts.com / 01350 727674

Weds 12         Oban, The Corran Halls                                    canepal.org.uk / 01631 567333

                       (For CAN and The Roses Trust)


Tues 24           Inverness, Eden Court                                   eden-court.co.uk / 01463 234234

Weds 25          Arbroath, Webster Memorial Theatre    webstertheatre.co.uk / 01241 435800

Thurs 26          Stirling, The Albert Halls            culturestirling.org/albert-halls / 01786 473544

Fri 27- Sat 28   Stornoway, Facian Book Festival                            facian.org / 01851 70 8480

At the summit

The Ogre

During the ascent

At the same spot, crawling down