Doug Scott

Doug Scott CBE needs no introduction as a mountaineer - in 1975, with Dougal Haston, he became the first Briton to summit Mount Everest and he has made 45 expeditions to the high mountains of Asia, during which he has reached the summit of 40 peaks, remarkably half of them first ascents.

His legendary bivouac with Haston just below the South Summit of Everest at 28,700 feet was a landmark, an unprecedented feat of endurance and survival at altitude, without oxygen or even sleeping bags. With the exception of the 1975 Everest expedition, led by Chris Bonington, all his ascents were done in lightweight alpine style, and without artificial oxygen.

Almost as famous as his Everest ascent was his epic retreat from the Ogre with two broken legs. Less well known though is the work of Community Action Nepal, the charity that Doug co-founded, and in which he is actively involved today as Operations Director. CAN manages over 40 projects in the middle hill regions of rural Nepal. So far, projects have included primary and secondary schools, schools for deaf children, health posts and clean water supplies.