Renowned Scottish mountaineer feared dead in avalanche on K2

 Renowned Scottish mountaineer feared dead in avalanche on K2

Scottish mountaineer Rick Allen

ISLAMABAD(SKARDU), 26 July: A Scottish climber is feared dead in an avalanche on K2 after he attempted a new route to the summit, according to a report.

Rick Allen, 68, was caught in an avalanche on the mountain’s south-east face. He attempted the new route on K2 to raise money for a development charity. Mountaineer’s death was announced by the charity Partners Relief and Development.

In a Facebook post, the charity said, “It is with great sadness to announce that Rick Allen, a member of the board of Partners Relief & Development UK and also a great friend, has died whilst attempting a new route on K2, the world’s second highest mountain.

“All members of the board send our condolences to Rick’s family. A fuller statement will be issued once we have more news and when we have had time to consider how we can best give thanks for Rick’s contribution to our work and his legacy,” it read.

The UK Foreign Office said it was aware of reports that a British citizen had died while climbing K2.

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

Allen had previously been presumed dead in 2018 after falling from an ice cliff during a solo climb to the summit of Pakistan’s Broad Peak. However, his rucksack was eventually spotted by a cook at the scottish mountain’s base camp before a drone was used to locate him and to guide rescuers to his location.

K2 stands at 8,611m (28,251ft) and is the world’s second highest mountain. It is also regarded as one of the most challenging and dangerous to limb.

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