Scottish climbers make Himalayas breakthrough

24th Jul 2012

A pair of Scottish climbers have become the first to reach the Himalayan summit of Nanga Parbat via the Mazeno Ridge, which has been described as "knife-edged".

While the 8126m summit has been conquered before, no climber has managed to approach it using the route the team successfully scaled on Sunday.

The climbers set up their Base Camp at 4900m in June, and after a period of acclimatisation began their climb to the summit on 2 July.

They kept the general public updated on their progress via their blog - called Mazeno Ridge 2012 - and Twitter accounts. In the blog, they described the ridge as the longest on any 800m peak and described it as being among "the most coveted goals left in the Himalayas".

The climbing party included South African alpinist Cathy O'Dowd, who went as far as Base Camp, and Scottish climbers Sandy Allan and Rick Allen - who scaled the peak.

The news of their success was broken through O'Dowd's Twitter account. She posted: "On the 15th of July at 18:12h Rick and Sandy reached the summit! On the 19th of July they arrived safely back at Base Camp. Everyone safe and well!"

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