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Ex-con Everest brawler.

Byline: GRAHAM TIBBETTS

THE Scots mountaineer who brawled with a climber on Everest is a convicted drug gang member.

He also had his bid to become a mountain guide refused because of his "bad attitude".

Henry Todd's chequered past emerged after he was banned from Nepal for two years after he allegedly punched an American.

The victim was in a party paying him to help them scale the Himalayan peak.

The 55-year-old Edinburgh-based mountaineer was jailed for 13 years in 1979 for being involved in a gang which made 15million doses of the hallucinogenic drug LSD.

He was released after serving six years of his sentence and tried to make a living from his outdoor expertise.

But he failed to gain a top mountain guide qualification in the early 1990s.

Bill O'Connor, of British Mountain Guides, said: "He sat the initial part of our test but failed because of his attitude."

Undeterred, Todd organised Himalayan expeditions for climbers who paid up to pounds 24,000.

It was while taking a party including internet journalist Finn-Olaf Jones up Everest that Todd allegedly lost his rag over Jones' web reports.

Todd was banned from roaming the Everest region for two years.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 11, 2000
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