Veteran Scottish Mountaineer Rick Allen Dies in Avalanche on K2 Mountain

Veteran Scottish mountain climber Rick Allen has died in an avalanche on K2, the world’s second highest mountain, in Pakistan after attempting a new route to raise money for charity.

“It is with great sadness we announce that Rick Allen, board member of Partners Relief & Development UK and a great friend, has died,” charity organization Partners Relief & Development said in a statement on July 25.

According to the charity, Allen was caught in an avalanche on the southeast face of the mountain, which stands at 8,611 meters (28,251 feet).

Allen, 68, was climbing the mountain, considered to be one of the most dangerous due to its unpredictable weather and avalanches, to raise money for the charity, which is currently focused on helping refugee children displaced from their homes in Myanmar due to the military coup.

“Rick died doing what he loved the most and lived his life with the courage of his convictions,” the charity said.

“The British High Commission in Islamabad is aware of reports that a British citizen has died climbing K2 and stands ready to assist,” a spokesperson from the United Kingdom Foreign Office said.

Allen’s two mountain climbing partners, Jordi Tosas of Spain and Stephan Keck of Austria, were rescued without major injuries.

Allen had been previously presumed dead in 2018 after he fell from an ice cliff during a solo climb to the summit of Pakistan’s Broad Peak, the 12th highest mountain standing at 8,047 meters (26,401 feet).


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