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Doug Scott CBE


Alumnus Doug Scott was awarded an Honorary Degree in Summer 2017. Here you can read his degree oration.

Dedicated, adventurous and aspirational are some of the traits often associated with Loughborough graduates. So is the notion of giving back. Today I'm extremely pleased to welcome back and present to you a Loughborough graduate who embodies them all.

Doug Scott is a prominent, highly experienced and respected leader of the international climbing community.

Now regarded as one of the UK's most important post-war mountaineers, Doug started climbing at the age of 13, after his interest was sparked by seeing climbers on the Black Rocks in Derbyshire whilst out hiking with the Scouts.

Prior to pursuing his climbing career, Doug spent two years studying at what was then known as Loughborough Teachers' Training College, where he studied geography and PE. He subsequently became a school teacher in Nottingham where he worked in the 60s and 70s.

Of his mountaineering achievements since, his ascent of Mount Everest in 1975 with Dougal Haston is possibly his most famous, when the pair were the first British climbers to reach the summit. This trip alone showed the level of their endurance; as after reaching the top late in the day, they then survived an unplanned bivouac only 100 metres below the summit.

Well known for his ability, the routes he has completed and his ethical style; over the years Doug has been on 40 expeditions to the high mountains of Asia.

This includes The Ogre or Baintha Brakk, one of the most difficult mountains in Pakistan during 1977 with Chris Bonnington. On the way down, he fell just under the summit and broke both ankles. Continuing on his hands and knees, this incredible feat is amongst one of the most breathtaking in Himalayan history.

Some years and expeditions later, in 2011 Doug was awarded mountaineering's single most prestigious international award, the Piolet d'Or, for his visionary style and accomplishments.

Doug was also made Commander of the British Empire in 1994, and received the Royal Geographical Society's Patron's Gold Medal in 1999 for his 'contributions to mountaineering and knowledge of mountain regions'.

However, it is not just in mountaineering where his aspirational achievements lie. Doug is also a tireless charity worker, who has pioneered responsible tourism in the Himalayas.

In 1995 he founded Community Action Nepal, a charity that supports the mountain people of Nepal, and work sustains over 40 community projects in the country, where he remains as Operations Director today.

Prior to this, since 1989, Doug has worked tirelessly with the Nepalese population, founding the Specialist Trekking Co-operative, which then became Community Action Trek Limited, and whose revenue enabled Community Action Nepal to be launched. These organisations have created many projects in the domains of health, education and local economy, in which Doug has been heavily involved.

Doug Scott is an inspirational mountaineer whose love of geography, travel and exploration has transcended his visionary climbing achievements to establish and sustain an important international charity.

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