Climber and explorer, Doug Scott is to visit Inverurie on Tuesday (October 31) and will give a lecture entitled ‘Big Wall Climbing’ in the Town Hall.
Doug was part of Chris Bonington’s legendary expedition, alongside Scottish mountaineer Dougal Haston, with a remarkable first ascent of the South West Face.
He has led the way in alpine-style climbing in the Greater Ranges - reaching the summit of the world’s highest peaks with small groups of friends carrying everything needed in a rucksack. Responsible for 45 expeditions to the highest mountains in the world he has reached the summit of 40 peaks including the highest peaks on all seven continents, The Seven Summits.
He also pioneered many new routes on some of the world’s greatest big walls, including those of the Dolomites, Yosemite and the one mile high, vertical granite face of Mount Asgard on Baffin Island in the Arctic and it is these dramatic tales of ˜Big Wall Climbing” that Doug will share with us when he visits Inverurie.
Doug’s talk includes the breathtaking story of his and Chris Bonington’s, infamous climb up the Ogre in Pakistan in 1977 and the dramatic tale of survival when after breaking both legs in a fall Doug had to descend on all fours.
He has received various honours including a CBE and the Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society. This year Doug Scott will become the third ever recipient of the Piolet d’Or Lifetime Contribution Award, following on from Walter Bonatti and Reinhold Messner. This award recognises the exceptional contribution made by Scott to the development of alpinism and mountaineering.
Tickets for Doug’s lecture at cost £15 (£12 concession) and are available now from Craigdon Mountain Sports, 61-65 High Street (01467) 625855 and online at www.nilupultrading.com.