The Hard Road to Everest by Bonington, Scott & Braithwaite
Legendary mountaineers, Sir Chris Bonington, Doug Scott CBE and Paul ’Tut’ Braithwaite, give a fascinating and often humorous insight into how early careers as varied as the army and selling margarine (Chris) teaching geography (Doug) and painting and decorating (Tut) led them to Chris’s British Mount Everest expedition of 1975. It changed their lives. Chris is now acknowledged as one of the great expedition leaders in mountaineering history. Doug and Dougal Haston were the first to climb the world’s highest mountain by its massive SW Face; in doing so they also became the first Britons to stand on the summit, then surviving the world’s highest bivouac without sleeping bags. Tut and Nick Estcourt paved the way, using their brilliant rock-climbing skills, they found a way through the almost vertical Rock Band in the ’Death Zone’. Sale of Nepalese goods; posters and book signing. Signed mountaineering print auction. In aid of C.A.N.
7.00 pm (doors open 6.00 pm)
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, OXFORD, Oxfordshire OX1 3PW