Cathy's sponsors wish her farewell and good luck.


Everyone at the Wilderness Foundation UK wishes success and safety to our Wild Swans Patron Cathy O’Dowd as she departs for the 1st ascent of Nanga Parbat via the Mazeno Ridge – the longest ridge on any 8000m mountain, including eight 7000m peaks, never climbed all the way to the summit.
Cathy is part of a six strong team attempting this challenge.  She is joined by Sandy Allan and Rick Allen, with 10 8000 metres summits between them, and Rick and Sandy with a long history of establishing ground-breaking new routes in the Himalaya and beyond.   They will be joined by 3 of Nepal’s preeminent Sherpa climbers, Lhakpa Rangdu, Lahkpa Nuru and Lakpa Zarok.
Nanga Parbat, at 8126 m (26660 ft),  is the 9th highest mountain in the world, grouped with K2 as one of the two hardest mountains. To date there have been 335 ascents by 330 climbers (22 women) and 68 fatalities.
The expedition will run from 9th June to 21st July 2012.  The team is climbing in support of the Wilderness Foundation UK, which is committed toPreserving Wild Places and Changing Lives.
To follow the team’s progress you can visit their dedicated website:  http://mazenoridge.com/
To donate to the Wilderness Foundation UK please click here.
Good Luck to everyone involved with the expedition.    We will continue to bring you news of their progress through our website and on Twitter.