Vertebrate to publish mountaineer Doug Scott's last book posthumously

Vertebrate to publish mountaineer Doug Scott's last book posthumously

Sheffield based publisher Vertebrate will publish Kangchenjunga by mountaineer Doug Scott, completed before his death in 2020.

Kangchenjunga is the world's third highest mountain and notoriously difficult to climb. Scott, alongside Peter Boardman and Jo Tasker, summited Kanchenjunga on the 16th May 1979, with minimal Sherpa support and without radios. Kangchenjunga will detail their expedition.  

Vertebrate’s managing director Jon Barton acquired world rights direct from the author. He said: "Doug Scott, the first Briton to summit Everest, completed his book Kangchenjunga shortly before losing a brave battle to an aggressive brain tumour in 2020. He was the last surviving member of the summit team from Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain, his climbing partners all lost in the mountains. This book is the last we will ever hear from Doug, one of the greatest mountaineers of all time. He has left us a fitting legacy, paying homage to the mountain, the flora and fauna of its environs, the peoples living in its shadow and the climbers who have tread on its snows."

Scott was the first Britton to summit Mount Everest alongside Dougal Haston. He is the author of Big Wall Climbing (OUP, 1974), The Shishapangma Expedition (Baton Wicks, 1999), Himalayan Climber (Baton Wicks, 1994) and Up and About: The Hard Road to Everest (Vertebrate, 2015).

Kangchenjunga will be published on 1st July 2021.