After becoming lost on Broad Peak mountain in the Himalayas for 36 hours, Rick Allen’s energy was waning. He was slipping in and out of consciousness and struggling to make meaningful ground. However, just as things were beginning to seem hopeless, a drone came flying towards him.
Allen comes from Aboyne in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. An experienced mountaineer, he has taken on some of the toughest climbs on the planet alongside friend and hiking partner Sandy Allan, who hails from the Scottish Highlands.
The pair completed one of their most challenging expeditions in 2012. That’s when they took on Pakistan’s Nanga Parbat. And that’s no mean feat – this is a peak which comes in at number nine on the ten tallest mountains in the world list. In addition, their route took them through the treacherous Mazeno Ridge, which happens to be the longest ascent in the whole of the Himalayas.