The 10th Kekoo Naoroji Book Award (2016)
It gives us great pleasure to announce the winner of The 10th Kekoo Naoroji Book Award.
Recently an august Jury selected a book ‘Up and About - The Hard road to Everest’ as the winner of the Kekoo Naoroji Book Award 2016. This is the first part of the autobiography by Doug Scott CBE.
In the words of Michael Palin CBE:
“Up and About” is an understatement. In this book are clear and comprehensive accounts of some of the most dangerous things it's possible to do. From winning a baby show in Nottingham to taking on the most perilous rock faces in the world this is a full and fascinating portrait of one of the great figures of mountaineering. A man for whom no challenge went unanswered. --Michael Palin CBE, January 2016
Doug Scott was born to a lower-middle-class family in Nottingham in 1941, Doug Scott began climbing in Derbyshire when he was thirteen and without any obvious plan in it was soon discovering the cliffs of Snowdonia, Scotland, the Alps and the Dolomites. He completed his first Alpine season at the age of eighteen. In 1965, aged twenty-three, he went on his first organised expedition, to the Tibesti Mountains of Chad. It was to be the first of many trips to the high mountains of the world. On 24 September 1975, he and his climbing partner Dougal Haston became the first Britons to reach the summit of Mount Everest and they became national heroes. In total, Scott has made forty-two expeditions to the high mountains of Asia, reaching the summits of forty peaks. With the exception of his ascent of Everest, he has made all his climbs in lightweight or alpine style and without the use of artificial oxygen. Scott was made a CBE in 1994. He is former president of the Alpine Club, and in 1999 he received the Royal Geographical Society Patron s Gold Medal. In 2011 he was awarded the Piolets d Or Lifetime Achievement award, during the presentation of which his mountaineering style was described as visionary. In 1995 he founded Community Action Nepal (CAN), a UK-based registered charity whose aim is to help mountaineers to support the mountain people of Nepal. Scott continues to climb, write and lecture, avidly supporting the work of CAN.
Doug Scott will be present in person to receive the Award and to talk to members of the Himalayan Club at the Annual Seminar on February 18-19, 2017.
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