Mountain 57: A Crawl Down the Ogre


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Trad climber
Sierra Vista
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 16, 2012 - 05:06pm PT
Doug Scott's account of his 1977 adventure.

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Trad climber
Tampa, FL
Oct 16, 2012 - 05:25pm PT
Epic tale. Thanks for posting.
The past really is a different world - I remember reading this when it was first published and the backstory of help from the locals at all levels (first class back to the UK courtesy of PIA!!) seemed entirely normal.
Nowadays, I can't see this happening without a lot of cash changing hands.

Or perhaps I am being cynical. Regardless, great story.

Oct 16, 2012 - 08:40pm PT
A true badass adventure!


Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Oct 16, 2012 - 09:58pm PT
genuine badass. I will read this tomorrow during my manicure while sipping my pumpkin latte frappuccino


Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Oct 16, 2012 - 11:52pm PT
Seems like that was part of a trio of articles along with a Taylor/Barber saga on Kilimanjaro and one other which I can't think of at the moment.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 17, 2012 - 12:17am PT
I wonder how his knees are these days. I'm guessing better than mine.
But then he probably didn't say as many Hail Marys as I did after confession.

Social climber
Oct 17, 2012 - 04:49pm PT
hey there say, blakey...

oh my and oh my, again,...

THESE are those special treasure that i love finding here at supertopo...

thanks so much for sharing this... i'd never know of this history stuff,
of the rocks, or even OF the rocks without you all sharing this...

and-THE PICTURES loaded fast... right here they were! just like that...
really nice with the story and all...

not to lighten all the modern shares and climbs, and pics, they are all
treasures as well, but this 'a bit buried to the non-climbers' like me,
and not as recent to be seen, is precious...

thanks for sharing this... now i know of a OGRE far different from
story books of childhood, ;))

A long way from where I started
Oct 17, 2012 - 05:00pm PT
Here's the man as he looked in 1991 -- fourteen years after the Ogre adventure, and getting ready for some fun-in-the-sun cragging on England's south coast.


Trad climber
Oct 17, 2012 - 05:15pm PT
Doug Scott climbed a route on Cathedral Ledge, ( 1 month after a hip replacement), several weeks ago; accompanied by Mark Richey, Freddie Wilkinson and Jason Kruk.

It was fun to watch.

Trad climber
Sierra Vista
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 18, 2012 - 01:50pm PT
A route only a month after a hip replacement - he's bonkers flying, never mind climbing.

Most of my mates here have had hip replacements, and have been out of climbing for at least six weeks, then ease into easy top roping....

Good to see he's still in the game.


Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Oct 18, 2012 - 02:09pm PT
He was a master of understatement as well.
[Click to View YouTube Video]

Trad climber
Oct 18, 2012 - 02:20pm PT
Scott gave a great talk in Calgary about the Ogre and his Mckinley climb with Haston.
He did not seem to like the French very much.

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Oct 18, 2012 - 08:14pm PT
he didn't like the French so much? that's very hard to believe

Trad climber
Sierra Vista
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 12, 2013 - 01:44pm PT

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Feb 27, 2014 - 01:08pm PT
I'm bumpin this cuz when I'm down, I think of this story.

Social climber
Feb 27, 2014 - 03:03pm PT
hey there say... great bump!

i loved seeing this again...
also, the follow pics, i missed them, last time... :)

Bungwater Hollow, Ida-ho
Feb 27, 2014 - 04:37pm PT

Sport climber
May 23, 2014 - 01:02pm PT

Doug Scott interview in Mountain 144, 1992.

Jun 7, 2014 - 12:05pm PT
Wish I could read it again but these scan and posts are too hard to read on my phone. I remember it being a real tale of true grit, guts, balls and everything else. It its the kind of fortitude that sets the standard climbers should aspire to.

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Jun 7, 2014 - 02:05pm PT
When it came time for me to do my own personal crawl down the mountain, this story was all I was thinking about.

It got me through.
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