image for Talk item typeDoug Scott - Crawling Down The Ogre 40th Annivers at Eden Court

Eden Court Theatre

Eden Court Theatre

  • VisitScotland 4 Star Arts Venue

Talk, Tue 24 Oct 2017



Bishop's Road,
Ness Walk,


Doug Scott's mountaineering highpoint was the first ascent of Everest's enormous South West Face - Everest: The Hard Way - his greatest adventure was however, his first ascent, accident and then escape from The Ogre. This is an epic tale of hard climbing and survival against the odds that has now become part of mountaineering folklore.

The Ogre (7,285 m) is the most difficult of the world's high mountains to climb - all approaches to the summit involve highly technical rock climbing at high altitude.

In 1977 Doug Scott and Chris Bonington made the first ascent, just as the sun was setting and after very difficult rock climbing that extended the boundaries of what had been achieved before at that altitude.

Triumph almost turned to tragedy on the subsequent descent in the dark and immediately became an epic. While abseiling off the summit block Doug slipped on water ice and swung, then smashed into the cliff he had just climbed, breaking both legs just above the ankles.

A storm blew in lasting five days during which time Chris smashed his ribs and contracted pneumonia. It took eight hard days to reach Base Camp - with Doug crawling all of the way and Chris in excruciating pain from his ribs and racked by near continuous and very painful coughing fits.

It was 24 years before there was a second ascent of The Ogre.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsPushchairs availableWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Free parking available.

Event details

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Tue 24 Oct 2017 19:30




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    Map reference: NH 663447  Lat: 57.47309 Long: -4.23082


    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • On-site cateringOn-site catering
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Pushchairs availablePushchairs available
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
    • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

    Free parking available.