Our 'Climb-For-Tibet' patron and legendary mountaineer, Doug Scott, sadly died last month, at the age of 79 from brain cancer. He was a giant among men.
Not only did he motivate thousands by being the first Brit up (and down!) Everest in 1975, summiting the South-West face with Dougal Haston, surviving the highest bivouac ever: Also achieving 40 major first ascents across the globe, pioneering light-weight Alpine-style climbing; But more importantly, believed in 'giving back' to the communities in the Himalayas which supported him along the way. In 1989 he started the charity Community Action Nepal (CAN) which has created numerous schools, health posts and porter refuges helping the Sherpa people survive extreme poverty maintaining their precious culture sustainably. Recently CAN has been supporting and rebuilding after the devastating earthquake of 2015.
Doug's final climb, typically understated, was bravely battling his illness going up his own home stairs, leading the 45th anniversary event of the Everest Climb, which raised nearly £50,000 for CAN - as always still inspiring me to adventure, to share the stories and to help those less fortunate. Indeed I was honoured that he came and said good-bye to me in a dream just before he died - with his usual fun banta and deep-thinking philosophy. I shall be sending further funds from the sale of my books.
A life well-spent... Making a difference for others.
Doug, thanks for all the inspiration and your shining light. We salute you!
A life well-spent...