By Doug Scott
At nightfall on 24 September 1975, Doug Scott and Dougal Haston grew to become the 1st Britons to arrive the summit of Everest as lead climbers on Chris Bonington's epic day trip to the mountain's large 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, snoozing baggage and, because it grew to become 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 complete international gazing. Scott and Haston lower back domestic nationwide heroes with their snapshot splashed around the entrance pages. Scott went directly to turn into one in every of 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 outdoors experience to the hot wave of light-weight alpinism through the Nineteen Seventies and Nineteen Eighties. In up and doing, the 1st quantity of his autobiography, Scott tells his tale from his delivery in Nottingham through the darkest days of conflict to the summit of the area. Surviving the unplanned bivouac with out oxygen close to the summit of Everest widened the diversity of what and the way he might climb sooner or later. actually, Scott demonstrated extra climbs at the excessive mountains of the area after his ascent of Everest than earlier than. these climbs may be coated within the moment quantity of his existence and occasions.
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Up and About: The Hard Road to Everest by Doug Scott