ONE of the greatest mountaineers of our time, Doug Scott, will be in Hexham next week.

The legendary climber, who scaled the south-west face of Everest during Chris Bonington’s 1975 expedition, will be giving a talk in aid of charity at the Forum Cinema.

In ‘The Hard Road to Everest’, he will talk about several of his 45 expeditions to the highest Asia has to offer, and maybe mention ‘the Seven Summits’, the highest peaks on each of the seven continents, just for good measure.

He has conquered 40 peaks in all around the globe, half of them climbed by new routes or for the first time in Alpine Style, meaning he carried all of his food, shelter and equipment himself.

He is a past president of the Alpine Club and was made a CBE in 1994. In 1999, he received the Royal Geographical Society Patron’s Gold Medal.

The event in Hexham, on Tuesday March 12, has been organised by Hexham Rotary Club in aid of two charities. One is Community Action Nepal, established by Doug himself to help rebuild communities following the most recent earthquake there.

The other is Hexham Rotary’s Disaster Fund, which is designed to ensure emergency money is available at very short notice to help in the event of national and international disasters.

The mountaineer, who is donating his time free-of-charge, will also have a stall there on the night, selling Nepalese crafts, greeting cards, books and posters, and he will auction off some signed, framed prints too.

The cinema doors will open at 6pm, so people have time to browse, and the talk starts at 7pm.