Kangchenjunga, the final book by Everest legend Doug Scott, to be published posthumously in July
- Friday 14 May 2021
Doug taking in the view just below the summit. © Doug Scott.
Completed before his death in 2020 Kangchenjunga is Doug Scott's final book.
The world's third highest mountain and notoriously difficult to climb, Kangchenjunga was first ascended in 1955 by a British team comprising Joe Brown, George Band, Tony Streather and Norman Hardie. Scott's relationship with the mountain began in 1978, three years after his first British ascent of Everest with Dougal Haston. The team comprised some of the greatest mountaineers in history including Peter Boardman and Jo Tasker. Scott, Boardman and Tasker summitted Kanchenjunga on 16 May 1979, with minimal Sherpa support and without radios, further cementing their legendary status in the mountaineering world.
Vertebrate’s managing director Jon Barton said, ‘Doug Scott, the first Briton to summit Everest, completed his book Kangchenjunga shortly before losing a brave battle to an aggressive brain tumour in 2020. He was the last surviving member of the summit team from Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain, his climbing partners all lost in the mountains. This book is the last we will ever hear from Doug, one of the greatest mountaineers of all time. He has left us a fitting legacy, paying homage to the mountain, the flora and fauna of its environs, the peoples living in its shadow and the climbers who have tread on its snows.’
A first edition hardback, Kangchenjunga is now available to pre-order HERE for £19.20 (20% off RRP with free UK postage).