Mountaineering legends prepare to celebrate the life of Doug Scott

A SPECIAL event to celebrate one of Cumbria’s best known climbers will start soon.

At an event organized by the charity Community Action Nepal (CAN), fellow Cumbria personalities Sir Chris Bonington and Leo Houlding will be joined by Stephen Venables and Paul ‘Tut’ Braithwaite to celebrate Doug Scott.

The event, titled ‘Doug Scott: Never Had A Proper Job’, will be hosted by acclaimed author and host Julie Summers.

Also in attendance will be Doug’s longtime friend and CAN administrator, Dr. Rob Lorge.

During the evening, Rheinhold Messner, one of the most famous mountaineers in the world, will deliver a message by video.

Additionally, outdoor brand Berghaus is bringing in Pertemba Sherpa and Ang Phurba Sherpa from Nepal, who have supported Doug and Chris on many of their expeditions, and this will be a rare and possibly last opportunity for those involved in the adventure. opportunity to meet.

Chris and Doug on Shepherd’s Crag in the Lake District, photographed for a Berghaus advertising campaign in 2001

Pertemba Sherpa was the head Sherpa of the 1975 Everest Expedition, led by Chris Bonington, in which Doug Scott and Dougal Haston were the first Britons to successfully summit the mountain.

Ang Phurba Sherpa joined Chris and Doug on later expeditions in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Together, the panel will celebrate Doug Scott’s accomplishments, both on and off the mountains.

They will discuss Doug’s pioneering style of climbing, his tenacity and strength in the face of adversity, his adventures on Everest, Ogre and beyond, and his enduring passion for giving back to Nepal’s mountain communities. through Community Action Nepal, the charity he founded and worked tirelessly until his death in December 2020, after being diagnosed with inoperable cerebral lymphoma earlier that year.

News and Star: PINACLE: Doug Scott at the summit of Everest after making the first ascent of the southwest face of the mountain.  Photo: Dougal HastonPINACLE: Doug Scott atop Everest after making the first ascent of the mountain’s southwest face. Photo: Dougal Haston

Following the event held at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Thursday March 24, the two Sherpas will travel to Cumbria and stay with Doug’s widow, Trish.

While in the Lake District, they will join Sir Chris, Leo, Tut, Trish, Doug’s sons and some close friends for a hike to Doug’s favorite local peak, Carrock Fell.

Tickets to attend the event in person are all sold out, but the public can participate virtually, via a live stream on Community Action Nepal’s YouTube channel.

Tickets for the online screening are available by clicking here or via the charity’s website.

Online tickets are available in exchange for a donation of your choice, with all proceeds going directly to support the work of Community Action Nepal.