Piolets d'Or - The 2017 Piolets d'Or


In April and November 2017 in Grenoble, France

An International Celebration of Grand Alpinism

  1. Programme 2017

From 7:30pm to 9:15pm

Palais des Sports de Grenoble


• Tuto #70°Nord - VF - 26’
Director : Jean Pierre Tauvron - Production : GMHM - France 2017

With GMHM members, commanding officer Jean-Yves Igonenc and the officer (and base jumper) Arnaud Bayol.


• Piolets d’Or - VOSTFR - 20’
Director : Bertrand Delapierre – France - 2017


À travers le témoignage des cordées anglaises et russes, lauréats des Piolets d’or 2017, ce film retrace leurs ascensions respectives du Thalay Sagar (6 904m – Inde) et du Nyanchen Tanglha (7 046m – Tibet).

With the English and Russian mountaineers




From 9:45pm to 10:30pm

Palais des Sports de Grenoble


• Curvas Peligrosas - VF - 10’
Director : Yannick Boissenot - Production : Red Point Movie - France 2017



• Piolets d’or 2017 | Mentions spéciales - 20’
With the Korean mountaineers and Colin Haley


• A Line Across the Sky - VOSTFR - 40’
Director : Peter Mortimer, Josh Lowell - USA - 2015


With Colin Haley, climber and mountaineer, specialist in Patagonia.



  • Piolets d'Or 2017 | 11-15 avril 2017 | ©Piotr Drożdż

  • Piolets d'Or 2017 | 11-15 avril 2017 | ©Piotr Drożdż

  • Piolets d'Or 2017 | 11-15 avril 2017 | ©Piotr Drożdż

  • Piolets d'Or 2017 | 11-15 avril 2017 | ©Piotr Drożdż

  • Piolets d'Or 2017 | 11-15 avril 2017 | ©Piotr Drożdż

  • Piolets d'Or 2017 | 11-15 avril 2017 | ©Piotr Drożdż

  • Piolets d'Or 2017 | 11-15 avril 2017 | ©Piotr Drożdż

  • Piolets d'Or 2017 | 11-15 avril 2017 | ©Piotr Drożdż

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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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Organisateurs et partenaires principaux 2017