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Talk: Crawl Down the Ogre - Doug Scott CBE

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Talk: Crawl Down the Ogre - Doug Scott CBE

Mountaineer Doug Scott CBE will tell the story of his legendary crawl down The Ogre in Pakistan's Karakorum, following the first-ever ascent with Sir Chris Bonington in July 1977.

The Ogre is now recognised as one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb. There were 20 further attempts before it was finally climbed again 24 years later.

This epic tale of hard climbing and survival has now become part of mountaineering folklore. An abseil just below the summit went wrong. Doug slammed into the rock, lost his glasses and ice axe and came to a halt, dangling on the end of the rope with both legs broken just above the ankles. Following a night on a snow patch, massaging their toes to ward off frost bite, Chris went ahead and alerted expedition team mates Mo Anthoine and Clive Rowland. Over the next eight days, with the selfless support of Mo and Clive, they descended through a five day storm to the glacier and safety. En route, Chris broke several ribs after abseiling off the end of the rope and later caught pneumonia.

Proceeds from the evening will support the work of Community Action Nepal (registered charity no. 1067772) founded by Scott and mountaineering friends 21 years ago.

Sir Chris Bonington is CAN's very active patron. The charity works with poor communities located in the remote Middle Hills of Nepal and along the mountainous border with Tibet. CAN is working tirelessly to raise much-needed funds to help with the reconstruction of health posts, schools and porter rescue shelters following the devastating Nepal earthquakes of 2015.

Time: 7pm (doors open 6.15pm)

Venue: Osgood's Cafe, Inverewe Garden, Poolewe, Wester Ross IV21 2LG

Tickets: £14

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