Born on this day: Douglas Keith Scott CBE, FRSGS known as Doug Scott (29/05/1941). English mountaineer noted for the first ascent of the south-west face of Mount Everest on 24 September 1975. During this expedition, Scott and Dougal Haston became the first Britons to climb Everest (discounting Mallory and Irvine). In receiving one of mountaineering’s highest honours, the Piolet d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award, his personal style and climbs were described as “visionary”.
Over the years he has been on 40 expeditions to the high mountains of Asia, during which he made some 30 first ascents.