Piolets d'Or - The 2017 Piolets d'Or


In April and November 2017 in Grenoble, France

  1. Programme 2017
  2. 12 AVRIL / APRIL 12th
  3. 13 AVRIL / APRIL 13th
  4. 14-15 AVRIL / APRIL 14th-15th

Jeff Lowe, Lifetime Achievement Award

Wednesday, April 12th

Alpes Congrès

In 2017, the Piolet d’Or will celebrate the life and career of Jeff Lowe. An American mountaineer who revolutionized alpinism several times over, Jeff Lowe will recieve the 9th Piolet d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award, following the Polish mountaineer, Wojciech Kurtyka, who was recognized at last year’s celebration in La Grave. Below, a short summary of Lowe’s career introduces this year’s recipient. The evening will also feature the screening of the documentary film Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia and we’ll be joined by some of Lowe’s most important climbing companions.

International forum

Thursday, April 13th Organised by the Groupe de Haute Montagne (GHM) this forum will address in particular the issue of proof of ascents in high-level alpinism which, inspired by the work of specialised journalists such as Greg Child, Rolando Garibotti, Kelly Cordes or Rodolphe Popier, has become an increasingly heated topic of debate and is also related to the question of the evolution of professionalisation and media coverage of alpinism.  We will hear from alpinists, journalists and historians. The GHM will moderate a discussion on the charter that guides the selection of Piolet d’Or recipients.  Following the debate, the ...

Mountain activities

Friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th

On Friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th, the GHM and former Piolet d’Or winners will hold activities and introductory courses in mountaineering in the mountains surrounding Grenoble.

Projection & Award ceremony


During Grenoble’s annual “Rencontre Ciné Montagne" film festival at the Palais des Sports, an entire evening will be dedicated to this year’s Piolet d’Or recipients, including  a screening of selected ascents from 2016 at which the teams will be present to receive their awards.


Grenoble, Base Camp for the 2017 Piolet …

“Inspiration, action and sharing” will be the headlines for the 2017 edition of the Piolets d’Or Famed alpinist and Grenoble native Lionel Terray famously referred to alpinists as “Conquerors of the...

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2017 - Jeff Lowe

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What are the "Piolets d'Or" ?

A celebration of mountaineering

The purpose of the Piolets d'Or awards is to raise awareness about the year's greatest ascents across the world.  They aim to celebrate the taste for adventure, the bravery and sense of exploration that lie behind the art of climbing in the world's great mountain ranges. The Piolets d'Or draw their inspiration from mountaineering's rich history.  They are a celebration of a sense of partnership and solidarity, of shared experiences, and reward individual or collective achievement.

The Spirit of Modern Alpinism

More than just the recognition of a performance, the Piolets d'Or celebrates passion, spirit and values. The spirit of the Piolets d’Or draws its inspiration from the history of alpinism and the authenticity of true team spirit. The style should take precedence over the conquest of an objective.  Success is no longer about getting to the summit at all costs, employing all possible financial and technical means, (oxygen, fixed ropes, doping products, etc) or large-scale human resources (high-altitude porters or sherpas). The Piolets d’Or event encourages imagination in searching for innovative routes using a maximum of economy of means, making use of experience and respecting man and nature. The Piolets d’Or is attached to making climbing a shared and valued richness all over the world, capable of attracting the best of human ambitions whilst encompassing moral values and edifying behaviour. The Piolets d'Or event is therefore a celebration of an ethical alpinism, rich in emotion.



Les Piolets d'Or

The Piolet d'Or Career

In 2009, the first Lifetime Achievement Piolet d’Or was awarded to Walter Bonatti.  His style of mountaineering perfectly reflected the spirit of thePiolets d’Or.  He became a sort of godfather to those who would receive this award after him. In honour of the man and his spirit, it has been renamed the “Piolet d’Or Lifetime Achievement, Walter Bonatti Award”.

The Career Piolets d'Or was created to reward a career where the spirit has inspired the following generations, in the sense of criteria set down by the convention.
Recipients of the Piolet d'Or Career :
2009 : Walter BONATTI
2010 : Reinhold MESSNER
2011 : Doug SCOTT
2012 : Robert PARAGOT
2013 : Kurt DIEMBERGER
2014 : John ROSKELLEY
2015 : Chris BONINGTON
2016 : Wojciech KURTYKA

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The Piolets Jeunes

The Piolets Jeunes is a gathering for diversity, exchange of experience, know-how and cultures.
It allows young people to experience a true mountain experience

Because we are convinced of the major educational role of mountain activities, particularly in the context of education through sport, we wish to contribute to the development of mountain activities among youth. We also promote the spirit and culture of the mountainin order to put young people in link:
- Using natural and cultural heritage and mountain with the territory
- With strong values related to these adventure land practices: the spirit of discovery, respect, solidarity, spirit climber, commitment, experience, progressive autonomy, and responsibility

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