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Pakistani mountaineers salvage the British team, Rick Allen and Sandy Allen after their successful Nanga Parbat summit via Mazeno Ridge

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Everest Summiteer Cathy O’Dowd may not have made it all the way to the summit of the mighty Nanga Parbat, but surely paved the way for her teammates Rick and Sandy Allen who have now reportedly scaled the 8,125m summit via the Mazeno Ridge for the first time. 

Cathy and her team comprising of Rick, Sandy and three sherpas from Nepal, undertook the unprecedented feat of scaling the world’s second deadliest and ninth highest mountain via the 10km long Mazeno Ridge.


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Starting off with supplies of seven days which could be stretched to 11 days, Cathy gave in just few hundred meters short of the summit, giving into weariness and an unfortunate failed attempt.

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Mazeno Ridge which is considered as the longest ridge on any of the 8000ers in the world and has no fewer than eight 7000m peaks in her lap, was never climbed all the way to the summit before.

Marred by unforeseen circumstances where Cathy’s tweeter messages were misinterpreted, a failed attempt on July 11th and almost out of supplies and gas, Cathy decided to abandon the expedition and headed to the Base Camp via the Diamir Face.


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Rick and Sandy however persisted to pull in a last attempt to scale the summit despite of bad weather forecasts. The duo reached the summit of Nanga Parbat on Saturday July 14 at 6.12 pm.

Exhausted and drowsy, three Pakistani Mountaineers Sadiq  Sadpara (renowned Mountaineer from Baltistan and brother of Everest summiteer) and Shabbir Sadpara from Skardu, with Shams from Chilas rushed to BC and high camp with supplies and helped Sandy Allan and Rick Allen safely back to BC.


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The first woman to summit Everest from both South (1996) and North (1999), Cathy O’Dowd of South Africa did the climb – considered the longest ridge on any 8000er – with British Rick Allen, Sandy Allan and Nepali climbers Lhakpa Rangdu, Lakpa Sherpa and Nuru Sherpa.

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