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Doug Scott, A part of First Crew to Summit Everest by Southwest Face, Dies at 79


Mr. Bonington, who was with Mr. Scott and had smashed his ribs throughout the descent, mentioned in an interview that he didn’t assume anybody, aside from Mr. Scott, would have had the bodily and psychological energy to get down with two damaged legs.

“In that course of, not solely did he by no means complain, however extra necessary, he was nonetheless an necessary, dynamic half, in the event you like, of our little group and the very troublesome choices we needed to tackle the best way down,” Mr. Bonington mentioned.

Properly into his later years, and whilst his most cancers progressed, Mr. Scott stored climbing. Over the summer season, even whereas weakened from rounds of chemotherapy, he climbed the staircase in his home 12 instances, carrying the identical blue swimsuit he wore when he reached the summit of Everest as a part of a problem to boost funds for drugs, tools and masks for Nepal’s coronavirus effort.

“He was making a distinction even on the top of his sickness,” mentioned Jon Maguire, a Group Motion Nepal trustee. Mr. Maguire mentioned Mr. Scott based the charity after seeing what number of porters in Nepal lived in poverty.

The British Embassy in Nepal mentioned on Twitter that Mr. Scott could be remembered “not just for his mountaineering feats however as a real good friend of #Nepal whose assist helped construct well being posts in rural villages.”

Mr. Scott based Group Motion Nepal to assist faculties, heath facilities and different group initiatives in Nepal, one in all Asia’s poorest nations and the site of most Everest climbs.

His survivors embrace his third spouse, Trish, whom he married in 2007; three kids, Michael, Martha and Rosie, from his first marriage; two sons, Arran and Euan, from his second marriage; and several other grandchildren, nephews and nieces, who additionally took half within the staircase climbing problem for Nepal throughout the coronavirus lockdown in Britain.