Bonar Hall 29th November – 7pm – £12
This session is brought to you in association with the Scottish Mountaineering Trust.
Four great films from the Banff World Tour followed by a presentation from the legendary mountaineer, Doug Scott CBE
Far Out: Kai Jones
2018, USA, 5 minutes. Filmmaker – Teton Gravity Research
Ice and Palms
2018, Germany, 32 minutes Filmmakers – Jochen Mesle and Max Kroneck
Land of the Wind (Tierra Del Fiento)
2017, UK, 18 minutes. Filmmaker – Laura Belinky
In Patagonia, further south than most people ever dare to venture, there is a land of infinite vastness and beauty. Fine-art photographer Eliseo Miciu explores this mythical place, and also leans a bit more about himself.
Reel Rock 12: Break on Through
2017, USA, 26 minutes. Filmmakers – Peter Mortimer, Matty Hong, Nick Rosen, Zachary Barr
Margo Hayes, a little known 19 year old from Boulder Colorado, has moves to Europe to train and climb with the goal of climbing two of the most iconic 5.15s in France and Spain. But by pushing her body and mind to the absolute limit, she risked injury and failure in her quest to succeed.
There will be an interval for 30 minutes. Refreshments are available upstairs and downstairs in the foyers. Don’t miss the trade stands and voluntary organisations in the Ustinov Room (upstairs). There are also art exhibitions downstairs.
Doug Scott CBE – A Crawl Down the Ogre
Doug Scott and Chris Bonington, made the first ascent of The Ogre [Baintha Brakk 7285m] in the Karakoram in 1977. Their climb extended the boundaries of what had been achieved before at that altitude. But it was the subsequent descent from the summit in the dark, turning a catalogue of disasters that would have defeated most people, into an epic which has since entered mountaineering folklore.
With the aid of newly discovered photographs and diaries, legendary mountaineer, Doug Scott will be telling a thrilling tale of hard climbing, team work and survival against all odds, in his famously laconic and humorous style.
Doug slipped on the abseil below the summit breaking both legs just above the ankles and losing his spectacles and ice axe. He and Chris were forced to spend the night on a snow patch, warding off frost bite. Storm and starvation and days of crawling on hands and knees followed but they had to carry on regardless before losing all their remaining strength. Chris abseiled off the end of the rope, smashing his ribs and later contracting contracted pneumonia. With the selfless help of Mo Anthoine and Clive Rowland, it took them eight days to reach Base Camp but the adventure did not stop there. And it was another 24 years before The Ogre was climbed again.
Proceeds from the talk will support the work of Community Action Nepal www.canepal.org.uk. Doug will update the audience about the post-earthquake reconstruction of CAN’s projects. He will also be signing copies of his posters and books.
More about Doug…
Doug Scott (born 29 May 1941, Nottingham, England), is an English mountaineer best known for making the first ascent of the SW Face of Mount Everest with Dougal Haston on 24September 1975 – which also made them the first Britons to stand on the summit – then surviving an unplanned bivouac with 100 metres below the summit without oxygen, sleeping bags and, as it turned out, without frostbite.
Scott has made 45 expeditions to the high mountains of Asia. He has reached the summit of 40 peaks, of which half were climbed by new routes or for the first time in Alpine Style. Apart from Everest, he has made all his climbs in lightweight or Alpine Style, without the use of artificial oxygen. He has reached the highest peaks on all seven continents – ‘the seven summits’.He is also a past President of the Alpine Club and was made a CBE in 1994. In 1995 he founded the charity Community Action Nepal. In 1999 he received the Royal Geographical Society Patron’s Gold Medal. In 2011, he was awarded the Piolets D’Or Lifetime Achievement Award, following Walter Bonatti (2009) and Reinhold Messner (2010). In receiving the Piolet D’Or, Doug’s personal style and climbs were described as “visionary”.
Photographs © Doug Scott