Doug Scott Mountaineering Lecture 2017
Wednesday 1st November, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Performance: Wednesday 1st November, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: £18.50 concessions £1.50 off
Crawling Down The Ogre
While Doug Scott’s greatest mountaineering highpoint was undoubtedly Everest: The Hard Way, his greatest adventure was undoubtedly his first ascent, accident and then escape from The Ogre. This is an epic tale of hard climbing and survival that has now become part of mountaineering folklore. The Ogre (7,285 m) is the most difficult of the world’s high mountains to climb; there is no easy way to the summit.
In 1977, Doug Scott and Chris Bonington made the first ascent after very difficult rock climbing that extended the boundaries of what had been achieved before at that altitude, where there is only half the oxygen in the atmosphere than at sea level. The subsequent descent, in the dark, immediately became an epic; while abseiling off the summit block Doug slipped on water ice and swung, then smashed into the cliff he had just climbed, breaking both legs just above the ankles.
A storm blew in lasting five days during which time Chris smashed his ribs and contracted pneumonia. It took eight hard days to reach Base Camp – that was only made possible by the selfless support of Clive Rowland and Mo Anthoine. It was 24 years before there was a second ascent of The Ogre, now recognised to be one of the hardest mountains in the world.