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    Jim Fairey

    The next AC Lakes lecture will be on Thursday, 29th February when Catherine Moorehead joins us to talk about her recently published biography of Doug Scott, ‘Mountain Guru’.
    A legend among mountaineers, Doug had a formidable global reputation becoming the first British climber to be awarded the Piolet d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award.

    As well as tracing Doug’s climbs from the early days in Nottingham to routes on major peaks and in lesser-known areas, including the first British ascent of Everest with Dougal Haston, and his epic on The Ogre, Catherine uncovers the elusive man behind the obsessive mountaineer.

    There will be the usual opportunity for questions for Catherine after her talk and also, as Doug was well known to many climbers in the Lakes, for reminiscences by those who knew him.

    The charity Doug set up with the aim of improving the lives of the Sherpa community in Nepal, Community Action Nepal, will be present, with information and some Nepalese items for sale.

    It is the last lecture in the current Lakes lecture season and promises to be a special evening. I hope you can attend.

    Further details below.

    Best wishes


    Anna Lawford
    AC Lakes Lecture Organiser

    Thursday 29th February 2024: Catherine Moorehead: ‘The Seven Lives of Doug Scott’

    Catherine describes the life and character of one of our greatest climbers and humanitarians, based on her recent biography of Doug, ‘Mountain Guru’. She traces his early influences from his upbringing in Nottingham through apprentice climbs in the UK, Alps, Africa, Turkey and Afghanistan, through his ‘big wall’ climbs and his new routes on major peaks, to his expeditions in lesser-known areas. She describes Doug’s 30 year involvement with Community Action Nepal and assesses his legacy following his death in 2020.

    Signed copies of the book will be available (£20 AC members, £25 non-members, please bring cash if you’d like to purchase a copy), and there will be a Community Action Nepal stall selling some Nepalese items and hoping for your support!

    Venue: The Greta Suite of the Skiddaw Hotel, Main Street, Keswick, CA12 5BL

    Doors Open: 7pm. Lectures Start: 7.30pm.

    The lectures are free to AC Members. Non-members are welcome to attend for a suggested donation of £3-£5 to the Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund.

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