A Pakistani mountaineering official and the charity said on Monday that the famous Scottish climber Rick Allen died in an avalanche in northern Pakistan trying to climb K2, the world’s second-highest peak.
Pakistan’s Alpine Club Secretary Karrar Haidri said that three days ago, 68-year-old Rick Allen encountered an avalanche while trying to climb to the top of a previously unused route on the southeast slope of the mountain. Alpine Club Secretary added that two of Rick Allen’s climbing partners survived the avalanche and were subsequently rescued.
The purpose of his expedition was to raise funds for the UK- Based charity Partners Relief and Development, and Allen is a member of the board of this charity. The charity, which works for the welfare of children, confirmed Allen’s death on its Facebook page.
“Rick died doing what he loved the most and lived his life with the courage of his convictions,” said the charity’s statement. Rick Alan, a senior mountaineering veteran, was rescued by an avalanche while climbing Broad Peak in 2018. Broad Peak, like K2, is also located in the Karakoram Range on the Pakistan-China border.
Pakistan has several peaks, and climbers from all over the world flock to them. Earlier this year, three climbers, Pakistani climber Ali Sadpara, Iceland’s John Snorri and Chile’s Juan Pablo Mor, were killed while trying to reach the 8,611-meter-high K2 summit. Despite repeated attempts, their bodies have not been found and recovered. Pakistani search and rescue team with the help of the military.
Kim Hong Bin, a famous Korean climber, fell into a crack in bad weather after climbing the 8,047-meter (26,400-foot) Broad Peak last week. The rescue operation to find him was cancelled due to bad weather.