/ Mazeno Ridge Success Reported
Now even hit the mainstream BBC
Anyone know how old are these guys are?
15 days alpine style. Some stamina!
Old Farts win through again, Adrian!
Absolutely nails. Great job.
Was keeping my eye on the website with great interest. Great effort, well done!
Surely one of the greatest 'big' mountaineering achievements by British climbers for many years.
Many happy returns for tomorrow, David - and I think you're probably right! I recall climbing with Rick in May 1974 when he was a student at Birmingham University; assuming that was towards the end of his first year he must have been at least 18 at the time, and more probably 19 - which I guess would make him at least 57 or thereabouts now.
I wish he was older than me!
What a fantastic achievement - must be one of the most significant Himalayan ascents for a very long time?
According to their biographies in 'Kingdoms of Experience' (Andrew Greig, 1986), both Rick and Sandy were born in 1955.
I had the pleasure of meeting Rick in a professional capacity when he worked for Texaco in Aberdeen during the 1990s. My wife and I were guests of Rick's at a dinner dance in the city in 1996; at that time all I knew about him was that he had taken a group of people on a trip to the Cairngorms not long before, so by way of an ice-breaker I remember asking him "I hear you do a bit of hillwalking, then?"(!!) It turned out that he'd been on K2 earlier in the year...
I also remember attending a slide show by Rick in the city about 15 years ago, in which he spoke (amongst other things) about his 1995 attempt on the Mazeno Ridge with Doug Scott, Vojtek Kurtyka and others. He must be thrilled to bits - if you are reading this, Rick - many, many congratulations on doing this and getting back down safely.
Rick, if you're reading this, congratulations - amazing
A few pics here..
Absolutely fantastic effort - I seem to recall Doug Scott had his eye on this line a couple of times.
Especially liked this one on day 4 with Nanga Parbat`s summit way back still in cloud showing just how far it actually was...
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