12th May

The Hard Road to Everest

As part of the Huddersfield Climbing Festival celebrating the 3rd Birthday of the Huddersfield Climbing Centre, legendary mountaineers Doug Scott CBE and Paul ‘Tut’ Braithwaite give a fascinating and humorous give an evening talk at the climbing wall, providing an insight into how their colourful careers developed from early youth – including temporary careers teaching geography and painting and decorating – to Everest in 1975.

Doug and Dougal Haston became the first Britons to stand on the summit and were also the first to climb the world’s highest mountain by the south-west face as part of the British Mount Everest South West Face expedition, led by Chris Bonington. Despite running out of oxygen, they managed to survive an unplanned bivouac just below the summit on the descent. Miraculously they accomplished all this without contracting frostbite. They returned home national heroes and fulfilled a fortune-teller’s prophesy given to Doug’s mother: that her eldest son would be in danger in a high place with the whole world watching.

Tut and Nick Estcourt helped pave the way when, using their brilliant rock climbing skills, they found a route through the almost vertical Rock Band at about 8,200 m, setting up fixed ropes. Their heroic efforts in pushing a route through the Rock Band opened the way to the summit for the team but also meant they had sacrificed the chance to make their own summit bid.

Doug went on to become one of Britain’s greatest ever mountaineers, pioneering new climbs in the remotest corners of the globe. His career spans the golden age of British climbing from the 1960s boom in outdoor adventure, to the new wave of lightweight alpinism throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Paul, one of the great Alpinists of his generation, went on to become a businessman and company director. Like Doug he became a President of The Alpine Club.

The event – also on the 3rd anniversary of the second devastating Nepal Earthquake of 2015 – will include a sale of Nepalese goods, cards and posters and will be followed by an auction of signed framed mountaineering prints, all supporting the post-earthquake reconstruction work of Community Action Nepal a UK-based registered charity founded by Doug in 1995, which aims to help mountaineers support the mountain people of Nepal. Doug will also be signing copies of award-winning Up And About, volume 1 of his autobiography, and ‘The Ogre- Biography of a mountain and the dramatic story of the first ascent’.

This talk follows The Festival of Routes, a day of sponsored climbing between 10 am and 6 pm

Cost: Normal entry payable on the day – will include:

· Flash-18 Summer bouldering competition Round 1 (Score cards £1.00)

· Leading Ladder Competition – With prizes (one day competition)

· Knotted rope climb

· Raffle (£1.00 a ticket)

All donations from the day will go towards Community Action Nepal.

Date & time for the evening talk: Saturday 12 May 2018 at 7.00 pm

Venue: Huddersfield Climbing Centre, Spring Grove Street, Huddersfield, HD1 4BP

Tickets: £15 general admission / £13 concessions (group of 10+; 65+; U18; student)

Tickets on sale from the Huddersfield Climbing Centre (cash only)

For further information contact Denise Prior by email deniseprior@canepal.org.uk / call 07986 372558.

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