Significant and Joyous Moments in the Mountains with Doug Scott
Wednesday, October 3rd at 8pm PRICE: $15 at the door
The first half of the lecture will cover Doug’s big wall climbing adventures from humble beginnings on the gritstone of Derbyshire, to the big walls of the world. Featured climbs include routes on the Dolomites, Troll Wall, Yosemite, up the towering Asgard in the arctic circle of Canada to the Ogre in the Karakoram and Shivling of the India Himal.
In the second half the lecture discusses Doug’s expedition climbing from early overland trips to North Africa, Turkey, Kurdistan and the Hindu Kush to Everest South West Face, Kangchenjunga, Nupste, Shishapangma and K2.
This is the only show Doug Scott will be doing in Colorado.
Comments on Significant and Joyous Moments in the Mountains with Doug Scott - the only CO show
Be prepared to sit in your chair for a full two hours and try to decipher what Doug is saying. If your venue at Neptune's is better than the one in North Conway, you will probably enjoy the show more. Although I think 2 hours is far too long for an active crowd to sit. I noticed most of the folks in the room getting very squirmy, and I reached my limit after 40 minutes.
No disrespect meant whatsoever to Mr. Scott who is an extraordinarily accomplished and gifted climber - but not so as a presenter. Just my perspective.
Show at N. Conway was great; Doug is from Nottingham, but he is very easy to understand-- the venue unfortunately had extremely bad acoustics, and the younger "rock jock" crowd in the bar in the back were quite disrespectful--loud and boisterous! If Doug had been showing his early rock climbs in Yosemite, Baffin Island, and the like when he was cutting his teeth on wild Big Wall climbs, perhaps they would have paid better attention and allowed others to hear more easily. With others of his generation of hard British alpinists, he moved on to huge success in the "Greater Ranges" throughout the '70s, '80s, and into the '90s and survived countless hard, small team oxygenless ascents of Himalayan peaks without losing any digits; many of his companions of the period were not so lucky in the long run-- he admits to owing his survival on the Ogre to Mo Antoine and Clive Rowlands; on other trips, he was the reason teammates got to come home, and anyone familiar with the era will be able to list a dozen or more whose luck eventually ran out pushing small team ascents of the worlds greatest peaks.
Yes, the show is long-- Doug also said it was the "world premier" of this particular show, so it will probably smooth up--my wife, NOT a climber or mountaineer, was enthusiastic in her praise--- it IS WORTH your time to see it-- photos are great, and Doug's lifelong willingness to "just go out and try to see what exists at the limits (both geographical and human) of the known world "is inspirational!