In what was has been described as the ‘Climb of the Century’ Sandy Allan and Rick Allen reached the summit of Nanga Parbat, the world’s 9th highest mountain at 6pm on the 15th July 2012, having made the much-coveted first complete ascent of the Mazeno Ridge, an epic experience described in his book In Some Lost Place. The complete west-southwest or Mazeno Ridge is a monstrous undertaking with over 7 summits above 7000 meters to the junction with the 1976 Schell Route, then via the upper section of this to the Nanga Parbat summit.
The Mazeno was a well known mountaineering challenge and thought to be one of the longest unclimbed arêtes on any 8000m peak. It lies a staggering 13 kilometers from the Mazeno pass at 5,377m, is extremely committing and is unescapable. In 2013, the ascent was awarded the highly coveted Piolet d’Or mountaineering award.