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Vale Doug Scott

5:17:16 AM
Sad news from the UK, Doug Scott passed away overnight.

Truly a giant of world mountaineering, he was an early adopter of alpine techniques in Himalayan climbing, his ascent (and notably descent) of the Ogre is one of the great stories of survival on par with Shackleton and he made the first British ascent of Mt Everest in 1975 with Dougal Haston on Chris Bonington's South West Face expedition, they were remarkably the 49th and 50th climbers to summit the peak. "Great climb, that, kept me going for months"

A truly high achiever and a remarkably modest man with it,
11:07:11 AM
He was a truly great mountaineer. First heard about him after his ascent of ‘The Scoop’ on Strone Ulladale in 1969. After that he became a genuine legend. His greatest legacy, may be the financing and building of dozens of schools and hospital projects in Nepal.
8:20:49 AM
On 8-Dec-2020 Ithomas wrote:
>He was a truly great mountaineer.

I remember seeing the photo of Dougal Haston on the summit of Everest taken at 7pm (PM!!!) on the front cover of Mountain magazine and being totally unable to comprehend such a thing. When he came to Australia on a lecture tour I purchased a poster of that photo and had it autographed. It is still up on the wall.
2:06:17 PM
Yes vale.
Unfortunately the signed, laminated poster I bought from him when in Melbourne (probably at that very same lecture tour) didn't survive one of my house moves over the last decade or so, AFAIK.

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