Rick Allen: Famend Scottish climber dies in avalanche on K2, charity says | UK Information


A world-renowned Scottish climber has died in an avalanche whereas trying a brand new path to the summit of K2 for a youngsters’s charity.

Rick Allen, 68, from Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, was climbing to boost cash for the Companions Reduction and Growth charity when he was caught in an avalanche on the mountain’s southeast face, on the border of China and Pakistan.

His two climbing companions, Spaniard Jordi Tosas and Austrian Stephan Keck, have been rescued from the world’s second-highest mountain with out main accidents.

Rick Allan (R) with his climbing partner Sandy Allan on the Mazeno ridge in Pakistan
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Rick Allen (R) along with his climbing associate Sandy Allan on the Mazeno ridge in Pakistan

An announcement from the charity mentioned: “It’s with nice disappointment to announce that Rick Allen, a member of the board of Companions Reduction And Growth UK and likewise an incredible buddy, has died whereas trying a brand new route on K2, the world’s second-highest mountain.

“Rick, a world-renowned veteran mountaineer, was caught in an avalanche on the southeast face however luckily his two climbing companions survived.

“Rick died doing what he cherished essentially the most and lived his life with the braveness of his convictions.

“Rick was dedicated to serving the world’s poorest and most susceptible communities, and labored as a key member of the management of Companions Reduction And Growth UK for a number of years, campaigning without cost, full lives for youngsters affected by battle and oppression.

“All members of the board ship our condolences to Rick’s household.”

Mr Allen was beforehand presumed lifeless in 2018 after falling from an ice cliff throughout a solo climb to the summit of Pakistan’s Broad Peak, the twelfth highest mountain on Earth, at 8,047m.

His rucksack was finally noticed by a prepare dinner on the mountain’s base camp then a drone was used to find him and to information rescuers to him.

Allen was attempting a new route up K2 (in the distance) after falling from an ice cap on Broad Peak (R) in 2018
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Allen was trying a brand new route up K2 (within the distance) after falling from an ice cap on Broad Peak (R) in 2018

A web based fundraising web page, shared with fellow skilled mountaineer Jerry Gore, mentioned they have been each trying an ascent of K2 to attract consideration to the wants of charities they have been intently related to.

It mentioned Mr Allen was elevating cash for Companions UK because it focuses on assembly the well being and academic wants of refugee youngsters displaced from their properties in Myanmar by the latest coup.

Mr Gore, who has sort 1 diabetes, was elevating cash for Action4Diabetes, which helps distribute insulin to youngsters with diabetes throughout southeast Asia.

When the climber’s dying was introduced, they’d raised £170 of the £10,000 goal however that shortly rose to £1,000 and donations can nonetheless be made.

A International Workplace spokeswoman mentioned: “The British Excessive Fee in Islamabad is conscious of reviews {that a} British citizen has died climbing K2 and stands prepared to help.”



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