|Dougal Haston on the south west face of Everest 1975|
The expedition led by Sir Chris Bonington also climbed the mountain by the South Col route when two climbers Peter Boardman and Pertemba Sherpa summitted the peak. Sadly, the cameraman Mick Burke who was also with them was lost near the summit in bad weather.
The enormous south west face of Everest was one of the big wall challenges in the Himalaya.
In 1970, Chris Bonington's team had successfully climbed the huge south wall of Annapurna I from the south side, what is now popularly known as ABC (Annapurna Base Camp).
The south west face expedition laid siege on the mountain in the manner of the earlier British expeditions on Everest. There were a series of camps on the mountain and Doug Scott and Dougal Haston made the climb from the highest Camp VI below the upper snowfield.
Today is almost the 40th anniversary of the first successful ascent and the south west face is still attempted though in variation to the original route climbed by Haston and Scott.
Some photographs from that climb are below:
|Haston climbing the Hillary Step|
|Doug Scott on the summit of Everest 1975|
On 23rd September 2015 a lecture will be held in Oxford which will include all the surviving members of the 1975 expedition. For more details on this lecture please do visit http://www.canepal.org.uk/2015/03/lecture-oxford-23-september-2015-40th-anniversary-of-the-first-ascent-of-everest-south-west-face/