Rick Allen Dies on K2

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Veteran Rick Allen some days ago in K2 Base Camp. Photo: Carlos Garranzo

Scottish climber Rick Allen has died on K2 while trying to open a new route on the peak’s Southeast Face, according to sources in Base Camp. His two climbing partners, Jordi Tosas of Spain and Stephan Keck of Austria are unharmed. Allen died in an avalanche.

Rick Allen was a highly experienced climber, an advocate of pure alpine style in high-altitude mountaineering. He and Sandy Allan made the first complete ascent of Nanga Parbat’s Mazeno Ridge in 2012, which earned the pair a Piolet d’Or.

In 2017, he, Adam Bielecki, and Felix Berg attempted a new route on Annapurna. In 2018, while on a summit push up Broad Peak, he became lost in poor visibility. He was later located thanks to the drones that were in the area to film Andrzej Bargiel’s ski descent of K2.

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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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Ari
Ari
1 month ago

Rip,K2 claims yet another life. A Scottish legend Rick was. My thoughts and condolences are with his family.

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daniela
Daniela Teixeira
1 month ago

A piece of the most beautiful mountaineering history dies with him 🙁
Farewell to a great Climber.
RIP

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Samson Simon Sharaf
1 month ago

Alas! Mountains always dare. RIP

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Hashem Yousuf
Hashem Yousuf
1 month ago

And Yet! People come and go but alas! The Savage Mountain proves it’s savagness. K2 claims another life, this time Old Ricky. I climbed with him back in the day. Climbed Annanpura I and K2. Sad to hear that his attempt failed.
You friend
Stephen Keck
RIP YOU FACE OFF YA BUTT

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Hashem Yousuf
Hashem Yousuf
1 month ago

Sexy Butts Sexy Butts

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Hashem Yousuf
Hashem Yousuf
1 month ago

As I Remember Rick did have quite a stinky butt. Not a sexy butt. Once we were in a tent and he did a butt dance with a naked butt

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Bill Bones
1 month ago

Legend!
RIP Rick

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Himal GHALE
1 month ago

so sorry to read the climbing Rick Allen has died on K2 while trying to open a new route on the peak’s Southeast Face, long time ago, I don’t really remember the year, but I met him in the Manaslu base camp when I was guiding with other groups to the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit trek. Rick Allen team was preparing to summit the Manaslu Himal

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