Nepal – Everest, Western Cwm BW print on super A3 matte archival paper
1st December 2017 – 5th January 2018
Monday – Friday 11am – 6pm
Saturday 11am – 5pm
(N.B. Gallery will be shut from 22nd December 2017 until the 2nd January )
Sponsored by – WYG
‘For the first time in Black and White, one of mountaineering’s greats – and outstanding mountain photographers – presents his unique image of the extreme beauty found amongst the world’s highest peaks. Doug Scott succeeds in capturing the geometry, texture and light of the heights in a truly inspiring way’.
About the Exhibition
Doug Scott is one of the world’s outstanding mountaineers and a celebrated mountain photographer of international repute. Best known for the first ascent of Everest’s South West Face – or (Everest: The Hard Way) – he has made over 40 major first ascents in the Himalaya and Greater Ranges. He has exhibited and published widely but only now, for the first time, in timeless black and white.
The medium and scale of this exhibition delivers a profound perspective on the world’s highest places; communicating both the starkness and the subtlety of the mountain landscape; capturing the grain of rock, glittering crystals of ice and the infinite horizon under an ever changing sky.
Doug Scott has made 45 expeditions to the high mountains of Asia and has reached the summit of more than 40 Himalayan peaks.
Scott is regarded as one of the world’s leading high altitude and big wall climbers. He is best known for surviving an unplanned bivouac with Dougal Haston 100 metres below the summit of Everest, without oxygen, sleeping bags and, as it turned out, without frostbite. Apart from his first ascent of the southwest face of Everest with Haston, all his other Himalayan climbs were achieved in lightweight or pure Alpine style. He pioneered big wall climbing on Baffin Island, Mount Kenya and in the Karakoram, famously on The Ogre [Baintha Brakk] with Chris Bonington, and later on Shivling in the Indian Himal.
He is past President of the Alpine Club and an Honorary Member of the American Alpine Club. He was made a CBE in 1994, received the Royal Geographical Society Patron’s Gold Medal in 1999 and the Piolet d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Doug has long recognised that these achievements crucially relied upon the support of local mountain people, porters and Sherpa.
100% of all sales will go to CAN
In 1998 Doug founded the UK registered charity, Community Action Nepal (CAN)– which, in the intervening years, has set up 50 community welfare projects reaching 250,000 people. This includes the support of 14 schools and 19 rural health posts.
CAN has also built, in conjunction with IPPG [International Porter Protection Group], three porter rescue shelters in the Khumbu Valley in the Everest region.
Sadly, all these projects were affected, and in many cases destroyed, during the 2015 Nepalese earthquakes. Doug is now actively securing funding to rebuild with the final target of £2 million now in reaching distance.