After Joe Brown in the spring, Doug Scott, the next British climbing and alpine legend, died this year. Doug Scott started climbing at the age of 12 and soon became one of the best climbers in the country.

Doug Scott was one of the best British high altitude climbers, especially in the 1970s and 1980s, and is considered one of the most successful climbers of all. Certainly his greatest achievement was the first ascent of Mt. Everest southwest face as part of a British expedition in 1975.

From 1999 to 2001 Doug Scott was the President of the English Alpine Club. He was married to the Indian mountaineer Sharavati (Sharu) Prabhu. In 2011 he received the Piolet d’Or for his life’s work. It was not until that year that he was made an honorary member of the UIAA.

His charitable commitment was also remarkable. He founded the Community Action Nepal Foundation to improve the living conditions of the local mountain population in Nepal.

Photo: (c) Anna Piunova