Up and About: The Hard Road to Everest by Doug Scott

By Doug Scott

Winner: Himalayan membership Kekoo Naoroji Award for Mountain Literature

‘A complete and interesting portrait of 1 of the nice figures of mountaineering.’ – Michael Palin

‘As good as relaying the literal ups and downs of the most important partitions and optimum mountains on the planet, Scott writes with honesty in regards to the emotional and private peaks and troughs of a lifestyles the place family members relationships are positioned less than pressure and lifestyles itself is so usually at risk.’ – The Westmorland Gazette

At nightfall on 24 September 1975, Doug Scott and Dougal Haston turned the first Britons to arrive the summit of Everest as lead climbers on Chris Bonington’s epic excursion to the mountain’s huge south-west face.

As darkness fell, Scott and Haston scraped a small collapse the snow a hundred metres less than the summit and survived the top bivouac ever – with out bottled oxygen, drowsing baggage and, because it became out, frostbite. For Doug Scott, it was once the fulfilment of a fortune-teller’s prophecy given to his mom: that her eldest son will be at risk in a excessive position with the full international watching.

Scott and Haston again domestic nationwide heroes with their photograph splashed around the entrance pages. Scott went directly to turn into one among Britain’s maximum ever mountaineers, pioneering new climbs within the remotest corners of the globe. His profession spans the golden age of British mountain climbing from the Nineteen Sixties growth in outside experience to the recent wave of light-weight alpinism in the course of the Seventies and 1980s.

In Up and About, the 1st quantity of his autobiography, Scott tells his tale from his start in Nottingham throughout the darkest days of battle to the summit of the realm. Surviving the unplanned bivouac with no oxygen close to the summit of Everest widened the diversity of what and the way he could climb sooner or later. in truth, Scott proven extra climbs at the excessive mountains of the realm after his ascent of Everest than prior to. these climbs could be lined within the moment quantity of his existence and times.

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