|Date of death:||5th August 2022|
Doug was the idiosyncratic resident of Rock Cottage at Roaches Lower Tier, a cottage built in to the cliff. Doug died in Summer 2022 aged around 88.
Although not a climber himself he was friendly (or intimidating, depending on who you ask) with many of the climbers who climbed at the Roaches and surrounding area. He was known to memorize beta for routes and then find climbers in need and help them out by relaying the sequence to them.
He also probably saved my life, when soloing Elegy I hadn’t realised the top delicate last few moves where green and wet. Made one upward move too many and started to slide, but I couldn’t reverse for the same reason. I’d started contemplating a fall out zone, when I spotted and shouted to Dougie, who ran round to the top and lowered me the end of his wood bundle rope. One quick pull and I was up, so thank you Dougie! At the top I thanked him profusely and he replied “Any time Ron”. Ron [Fawcett] and myself both lived in Buxton at the time and so climbed there a lot, sometimes soloing together and Dougie often mixed us up. 
Back in the 80's my mum used to go to the Roaches regularly, running personal development courses for British Gas and Royal Mail apprentices. Sometimes the youngsters could be hard work and be a bit macho and cocky, which she would solve by asking Doug to do his axe routine, which would terrify the living daylights out of them and get them in order sharpish. She'll be gutted to hear he's gone, she had a real soft spot for him.