18 September 2012

Legendary British Mountain Climber Doug Scott to Speak at Lyndon State

ADVENTURE SPEAKER SERIES BEGINS SEPT 24. The slide show presentation “Significant and Joyous Moments of Being in the Mountains,” by famed British mountaineer Doug Scott, will be held at Lyndon State College on September 24. This presentation leads off the “Adventure Speaker” series to be shown during the 2012-13 academic year. The show runs from 6-8 p.m. in the Academic and Student Activity Center (ASAC), room 100 and is free and open to the public.

Scott will speak about his early influences and how they led to rock climbing adventures in Britain, the Dolomites, Norway, Yosemite, and Baffin Island; as well as a lifetime of mountaineering expeditions around the world, including the Atlas Mountains, Tibesti, Kurdestan, Hindu Kush, south-west face of Everest, Kangchenjunga, Nuptse, Makalu, K2, the Ogre, and Shivling.

In 1975, Scott and Dougal Haston were the first Britons to ascend the south-west face of Everest. His mountaineering career includes 45 expeditions to inner Asia and he is regarded as one of the world’s leading high altitude and big wall climbers. He was made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1994.  He received mountaineering’s highest honor, the Lifetime Contribution Award at the Piolet d’Or awards in 2011.

Scott has climbed the Seven Summits, the highest peak on each of all seven continents. Apart from his climb up Everest in 1975, all of his climbs were in the lightweight or “alpine style,” without the use of artificial oxygen.  Of the 40 summit peaks he reached, half were climbed by new routes or in alpine style.

Scott’s lecture kicks off a series called “Adventure Speakers” which will be presented over the coming academic year. On October 23, Walt Hampton will share stories and images that highlight the many outdoor adventures he has undertaken, along with the life lessons he has learned along the way. Hampton is a high altitude mountaineer and a blue water sailor; a writer, speaker, coach, and adventure photographer.

On November 8, Emilie Drinkwater will share her climbing adventures from the Adirondacks of New York State to the far reaches of Asia. Emilie is passionate about Adirondack face climbs and backcountry solos, but her resume also includes alpine ice climbs, alpine rock, waterfall ice, desert cragging, long free climbs, big walls, backcountry ski tours, hard free climbs and long free adventure climbs. Most recently, Emilie climbed several first ascents in the Indian Karakoram as part of an expedition to climb Saser Kangri II.

All presentations will run from 6-8 p.m., will be held in ASAC, room 100, and are free and open to the public. These events are presented by the Lyndon State College Lecture and Arts Series in association with the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium and the American Alpine Club.

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