|Anne on Showery Tor, Bodmin Moor|
|The summit of Rough Tor|
|atop the "logan stone" on Louden Hill, which rocks a few inches up and down like a see-saw!|
First up was Hamish McInnes, talking about an early trip to the Himalaya way back in 1953. Next was Tom Hornbein, a sprightly 80 year old, who was first to traverse Everest - up the east ridge, over the summit, and down by the South Col route. Some hair-raising moments - like doing an ice-axe arrest as the tent headed downhill at 26000 feet!
|Doug Scott, 1975|
|Doug Scott, 2010|
Finally, Peter Habeler (perhaps most famous for climbing Eiger's north face with Reinhold Messner) recounted the first climb of Everest without oxygen - including a 9 hour bivouac at the South Summit on the descent. In delightfully heavily accented (Austrian) English , he described the intense emotions experienced by any Everest mountaineer.
Superb evening - and all in a good cause: Community Action Nepal.
For more details of Doug's lectures, see http://www.dougscottmountaineering.co.uk
For more details of Community Action Nepal, see http://www.canepal.org.uk/