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image for Talk item typeDoug Scott Mountaineering Lecture 2017 at Pavilion Theatre Rhyl

Talk, Wed 1 Nov 2017, £17-£18.50

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While Doug Scott’s greatest mountaineering highpoint was undoubtedly Everest: The Hard Way, his greatest adventure was undoubtedly his first ascent, accident and then escape from The Ogre. This is an epic tale of hard climbing and survival 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; there is no easy way to the summit.

In 1977, Doug Scott and Chris Bonington made the first ascent after very difficult rock climbing that extended the boundaries of what had been achieved before at that altitude, where there is only half the oxygen in the atmosphere than at sea level. The subsequent descent, in the dark, 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 – that was only made possible by the selfless support of Clive Rowland and Mo Anthoine. It was 24 years before there was a second ascent of The Ogre, now recognised to be one of the hardest mountains in the world.

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Dates Times
Wed 1 Nov 2017 19:30

Prices

Ticket Prices: £18.50, Concessions £17.00.

Address

Promenade,
Rhyl,
Denbighshire,
LL18 3AQ

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Directions

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Map reference: SJ 012820  Lat: 53.32567 Long: -3.48484

Leave the A55 at Junction 27 (St. Asaph) and turning right at the roundabout follow the signs for Rhyl (A525). Continue on the dual carriageway following the signs for Rhyl. At the Sainsbury’s roundabout continue straight ahead to the next smaller roundabout and continue straight ahead still following the signs for Rhyl.

Take the 10th turning on the right in to Prince Edward Avenue. Take the 5th turning on the left in to Grange Road (B5119). Follow the road across the Grange Road Bridge and at the foot of the bridge as the road bends to the left, turn right in to Brighton Road. Follow the road round as it turns left in to Churton Road. At the next crossroads continue straight ahead in to St. Asaph Street. At the T-junction turn right in to East Parade (B5118).

The Pavilion Theatre is on now on your left next to The Sun Centre. Free Parking is available in the car park to the right of the Theatre.

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Rhyl station