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At dusk on 24 September 1975, Doug Scott and Dougal Haston became the first Britons to reach the summit of Everest as lead climbers on Chris Bonington's epic expedition to the mountain's immense south-west face.

As darkness fell, Scott and Haston scraped a small cave in the snow 100 metres below the summit and survived the highest bivouac ever - without bottled oxygen, sleeping bags and, as it turned out, frostbite. For Doug Scott, it was the fulfilment of a fortune-teller's prophecy given to his mother: that her eldest son would be in danger in a high place with the whole world watching.

Scott and Haston returned home national heroes with their image splashed across the front pages. Scott went on to become one of Britain's greatest ever mountaineers, pioneering new climbs in the remotest corners of the globe. His career spans the golden age of British climbing from the 1960s boom in outdoor adventure to the new wave of lightweight alpinism throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

In Up and About, the first volume of his autobiography, Scott tells his story from his birth in Nottingham during the darkest days of war to the summit of the world. Surviving the unplanned bivouac without oxygen near the summit of Everest widened the range of what and how he would climb in the future. In fact, Scott established more climbs on the high mountains of the world after his ascent of Everest than before. Those climbs will be covered in the second volume of his life and times.

©2015 Doug Scott (P)2019 Vertebrate Publishing

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Too much backstory

An interesting listen on climbing in general. Everest is somewhat a footnote in the story and the early years are long winded. what it does do is highlight the dangers of high altitude climbing.

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a very exciting and absorbing book.

I loved this very exciting book. Doug Scott had a very interesting life and becomes a great hero and philosopher. I also enjoyed the way it was read.

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Interesting from beginning to end

Slow starter with a lot of back story but worth sticking with it as it gets more interesting with a great number of stories from a different time of climbing and mountaineering and great achievements.

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  • Corpsickle
  • 23-02-20

Fantastic

If your a fan of big mountain climbing, then this is a must listlen. Enjoy!