The Himalayan Trust UK presents the 7th Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lecture ft. Doug Scot
Kanchenjunga: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the first ascent by George Band and Joe Brown
Doug-Scott Sikkim 2001 58Kanchenjunga, at 8586m, is the world’s third highest mountain, first summited on the 25th May 1955 by the Himalayan Trust’s late chairman, George Band and his climbing partner, Joe Brown. Kanchenjunga translates as “the five treasure houses of snow”, the summit deemed to be a holy place.
Respecting the people who worship the holiness of the mountain, George and Joe stopped just short of the summit, a tradition that has remained to this day. In 1979, Doug Scott added Kanchenjunga to his long list of mountaineering achievements, and we are honoured that he will be our guest speaker to mark the occasion.
The region of Nepal in the shadow of Kanchenjunga was always dear to George Band, and when he and his wife, Susan, visited it in 2005 the people requested our help in improving the educational provision for the children in this remote corner. Since then we have focused our attention on a school development programme and teacher training. We are about to move into health care. All proceeds from this evening will go to support those projects. During the evening you will be given a brief update on our progress and achievements.
Tickets £20 – Doors open 6pm. Lecture 7pm.
‘To many western eyes, the Everest Region is a place of great beauty and high mountains to be climbed. For the Sherpas and other Nepalese who live there however, life has few privileges. Medicine and education are scarce, bridges and paths are often destroyed and forests upon which they depend are rapidly being depleted. Despite these hardships they are the most warm-hearted people I know. Any help you can provide will be important and gratefully received.’
Sir Edmund Hillary