The Scottish Climber Rick allen He died in an avalanche while trying to reach the top of K2 in Pakistan, the second highest peak in the world and the most dangerous, along with the Spaniard Jordi Tosas and the Austrian Stephan Keck, sources from the expedition reported Monday.
Allen was attempting to climb K2, via a new route up the southeastern face of the dangerous mountain to raise money for the Partners Relief and Development Foundation, which provides aid to displaced children in conflict zones, and of which the mountaineer was a part. .
“Rick died doing what he loved most and lived his life with the courage of his convictions,” the charity said in a statement praising its commitment to serving the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities.
According to the spokesperson for the Pakistani Alpine Club, the organizer of the excursion, Karrar Haidri, “his two climbing companions, Jordi Tosas, from Spain, and Stephan Keck, from Austria, were unharmed.”
“We are waiting for more details, but I can tell you that Stephan and Jordi are safe. Both were rescued by helicopters from the Pakistani Army and transferred to Skardu, ”Karrar told Efe.
K2 – Rick Allen dies from avalanche.
On the new route of the (S) E side, at C1 an avalanche has caused the death of Rick Allen.
Jordi Tosas and Stephan Keck are fine, as Anna Piunova informed me this morning, shortly after learning what happened.
– k2 (@KrisAnnapurna) July 25, 2021
Stephan and Jordi are now at the base camp, said Pakistani climber Mirza Ali, a member of the expedition.
So far, authorities have not provided details of the accident that caused the climber’s death.
“A more comprehensive statement will be issued once we have more news and when we have had time to consider how we can best acknowledge Rick’s contribution to our work and his legacy,” said the Partners foundation.
“Rick pursued his craft and his passion with tireless dedication. As a supporter and member of the UK Partners board, I mourn the loss of a tireless friend, “said the president of the non-profit organization, Steve Gumaer.
Allan completed in 2012 the first full ascent of the Mazeno ridge, part of the Nanga Parbat massif in the Himalayas, on the Pakistani side, which earned him a Piolet d’Or, a French award for mountaineers.
Scottish mountaineer Rick Allen died this Sunday on K2, according to the specialized site ‘Everest Today’, when he was hit by an avalanche on the southeast wall, where he was trying to open a new route together with the Spaniard Jordi Tosas and the Austrian Stefan Keck . pic.twitter.com/VaVSufLEKW
– At The Top (@EnLaCimaCl) July 25, 2021
K2, an almost perfect frozen pyramid, is known as “the wild mountain” because of its difficult climbing and because of its complex weather conditions, especially in winter.
So far just under 400 climbers have reached the second highest peak in the world and about 90 have died, since the Italian Achille Compagnoni achieved the first ascent in 1954.
This year alone, the Spanish Sergi Mingote, the Chilean Juan Pablo Mohr, the Icelandic John Snorri, the Pakistani Ali Sadpara, all highly experienced mountaineers, died in various accidents while climbing the dangerous summit.