Sad news the BBC report that Rick Allen was killed on K2 .

BBC News (see below for the link) that Rick Allen was reported killed on K2. He was attempting a new route on the mountain raising money for charity.

It is understood Rick Allen was caught in an avalanche on the mountain’s south-east face.

Rick was one of Scotland’s finest mountaineers who at 68 was still pushing the boundaries in World Class mountaineering. I met him a lot on many of Scotland’s great cliffs in winter always an unassuming man.

To many Ricks finest climb was In 2012, British alpinists Sandy Allan, Rick Allen, and South African Cathy O’Dowd, along with three Sherpas Lhakpa Rangduk, Lhakpa Nuru and Lhakpa Zarok, traversed the ridge to Mazeno Col and set up a camp at 7,200 m (4.5 mi). A summit attempt the next day proved unsuccessful and O’Dowd and the three Sherpas decided to descend via the Diamir Face. After two more days, Allan and Allen successfully made their summit attempt on 15 July and descended by the Kinshofer Route to reach base camp on the 19th after an expedition lasting 18 days.

From UKC “Rick is one of the world’s most accomplished high altitude mountaineers. He’s climbed several 8000m peaks, including a new route on the north face of Dhaulagiri. In 2012, together with Sandy Allan he made the first complete ascent of the Mazeno Ridge on Nanga Parbat. The Mazeno is the longest ridge on any 8000m peak, with more than 10km of climbing over eight 7000m summits before the final push. Rick and Sandy spent 18 days on the route, running out of food and water and pushing themselves to their mental and physical limits. The ascent won them a Piolet D’or in 2013, although Rick says the recognition from the climbers he respected was more valuable to him than an award.”

There has been so many losses in the last few years of some of our legendary climbers. My thoughts are with Ricks family and friends.

The Press and Journal link

His pal Sandy Allan have a lovely tribute to Rick on radio Scotland today.

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Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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