Moun­tain drama in Ar­broath

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Court Reports -

A CLIMBER who sur­vived af­ter break­ing both legs while de­scend­ing a moun­tain in Pak­istan is to tell his in­cred­i­ble story dur­ing an ap­pear­ance in Ar­broath.

Doug Scott slipped on the ab­seil be­low the sum­mit of the Ogre al­most 40 years ago while on a trek with Chris Bon­ing­ton.

The pair’s tale has since en­tered moun­taineer­ing folk­lore as one of the most dra­matic sto­ries of moun­tain sur­vival ever.

Their climb had al­ready pushed the bound­aries of what had been achieved be­fore at that al­ti­tude, but it was the de­scent from the sum­mit in the dark, dur­ing which they turned a cat­a­logue of dis­as­ters into a tri­umph, that took them into the his­tory books.

Scott broke both legs just above the an­kles as he fell. He and Bon­ing­ton were forced to spend the night on a snow patch, ward­ing off frost­bite.

Storm-bat­tered and starv­ing, they man­aged to carry on, mak­ing it to safety eight days later.

Scott will re­count the drama at t he Web­ster Memo­rial The­atre on Oc­to­ber 25.Tick­ets are £25.

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