The Alpine Club, the world’s first mountaineering club, was founded in 1857.  For over 150 years, members have been at the leading edge of worldwide mountaineering development and exploration. 

With membership, experienced and aspiring alpinists benefit from a varied meets programme, regional lectures with notable guest speakers, reduced rates at many alpine huts, opportunity to apply for grants to support expeditions, significant discounts at many UK retailers, extensive networking contacts, access to the AC Library and maps - and more! 

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Rick climbing on Nanga Parbat. Photo: Sandy Allan

The Club has been deeply saddened to learn of the death of long-standing member Rick Allen. Reports currently indicate that Rick died in an avalanche while attempting a new route on K2 with Jordi Tosas and Stephan Keck. Tosas and Keck survived the avalanche and have been safely returned to basecamp by a rescue operation. 

A well-loved and hugely respected member of the Club, Rick's achievements placed him in a unique class of high altitude climber and his ascent of the complete Mazeno Ridge with Sandy Allan remains one of the defining climbs of modern mountaineering.

Our thoughts go out to Rick's family and friends at this extremely difficult time.



#1 Robin N Campbell 2021-08-25 23:30
I encountered Rick at an S.M.C. Meet in Tomdoun Hotel, Easter 1995. He attended with his wife, still an unusual thing in those days. On the Saturday, they took advantage of the hotel boats to cross Loch Quoich to climb some hills on the south shore. Rick arrived back at the Hotel in good time for his dinner. 'Where's your wife?' 'Oh, she's coming along behind'. She turned up around 10.30, in full darkness of course, unconcerned, as was Rick. On Sunday, they walked, it being the Sabbath, to Invergarry and back for a church service. I think they both trusted in their God. Perhaps a little too much.

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