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TRIBUTES went into Cumbria’s mountaineering legend Doug Scott – also from his friend and fellow climber Chris Bonington.
Scott, one of the most respected climbers of modern times, who yesterday became the first Englishman to climb Everest over its daunting southwest face with Scottish climber Dougal Haston, died peacefully yesterday at his home in Hesket Newmarket.
As the news of his death spread, hundreds of people used social media to pay tribute to his accomplishments – both as a mountaineer and a dedicated charity guide helping the impoverished mountain people of Nepal.
« Doug and I have known each other for so many years, » said Bonington in an emotional interview. “On the Everest expedition in 1975 he went to the summit with Dougal Haston.
“The thing about Doug was that he was a great climber. But he has put so much behind what he did with Community Action Nepal – in creating the charity and the work he did.
Chris talked about how Doug was known during his climbing career for the care he consistently showed towards his fellow human beings.
He said, « He was an excellent climber; an excellent climber with very, very good judgment in the mountains. But that is how he climbed the people around him as he climbed; the way he looked after the helpers and porters who helped us. This came through right through everything he did.
« What matters is the way you climb this mountain; and Doug’s integrity was utterly complete. He did it in the purest possible way. And precisely in his life he also took care of other people. « »
Considered one of the best British climbers of all time, Scott has put decades of effort into helping the mountain people of Nepal through Community Action Nepal.
« Every year he went on long lecture tours to cover his own expenses, and all proceeds went to Community Action Nepal.
« He’s a big loss in many ways. He was very much loved by a large number of people from all over the world. « »
In 1977 Scott and Bonington rose from Baintha Brakk – known as The Ogre – in the Pakistani Karakoram.
Scott broke both legs on the descent, and an epic survival story ensued as the couple struggled for eight days to get to safety.
Doug was diagnosed with a form of brain tumor in March – but he continued to raise funds for Community Action Nepal.
During his last illness, Scott continued to help others and dragged himself up the short flight of stairs in his Cumbrian home to raise money for Community Action Nepal (CAN). .
When the charity announced the news on Twitter yesterday, it said, « It is with a heavy heart that we announce that our founder and great friend Doug Scott passed away peacefully this morning at his home with his family around him. We are asking for privacy at this time but will be making a full and proper announcement in the coming days. « »
A spokeswoman added: « We are only asking for some privacy for the family and CAN staff to deal with the sad loss. He was an incredible man and will be missed very much by all of us. « »
Last week, another star climber – well-known Scottish climber and inventor Dr. Hamish MacInnes.
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