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.