Piolets d'Or - SPECIAL MENTION - ALEX HONNOLD
The 2020 edition of the Piolets d'Or will take place during the 25th edition of Ladek Mountain Film Festival in Poland, in September 11-22 !

 

  • Piolets d'Or 2019 | 23rd September 2019 | ©Szymon Aksienionek

  • Piolets d'Or 2019 | 23rd September 2019 | ©Michal Zlotowski

  • Piolets d'Or 2019 | 23rd September 2019 | ©Lucyna Lewandowska

  • Piolets d'Or 2019 | 23rd September 2019 | ©Michal Zlotowski

  • Piolets d'Or 2019 | 23rd September 2019 | ©Michal Zlotowski

  • Piolets d'Or 2019 | 23rd September 2019 | ©Szymon Aksienionek

  • Piolets d'Or 2019 | 23rd September 2019 | ©Szymon Aksienionek

  • Piolets d'Or 2019 | 23rd September 2019 | ©Szymon Aksienionek

  • Piolets d'Or 2019 | 23rd September 2019 | ©Szymon Aksienionek

  • Piolets d'Or 2019 | 23rd September 2019 | ©Michal Zlotowski

2020 - Catherine Destivelle

By Claude Gardien Catherine Destivelle started making a name for herself in the climbing world during the 1980s, a time when sport climbing was exploding in popularity and grades were rising...

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2019 - Significant ascents

The following is a representative list of significant, innovative ascents in most mountain regions of the World, climbed during 2019, in alpine style, and without using drilled equipment. This is...

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2020 International Technical jury

For several years our jury has comprised only highly experienced alpinists. This year is no exception, with several jury members having climbed outstanding new routes and/or were awarded Piolets d'Or. gerlinde...

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2020 Honoured Ascents

Chamlang (7,321m)

UFO Line on the northwest face of Chamlang (7,321 meters). The seventh bivouac site - on the descent - is hidden. (H) marks the high point of a 2019 attempt...

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Tengi Ragi Tau (6,938m)

©Tino Villanueva/American Alpine Journal ALAN ROUSSEAU - TINO VILLANUEVA (USA)WEST FACE, RELEASE THE KRAKEN, 1,600M, AI5 M5+, OCTOBER 13-17 ROUND TRIP FROM A GLACIER CAMP BELOW THE FACE. In 2012, on their...

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Link Sar (7,041m)

(A) Changi Tower. (B) K6 Main. (C) Link Sar (7,041m) from the southeast, showing the line of the 2019 ascent, advanced base camp, and bivouacs.  ©Matteo Della Bordella / American...

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Rakaposhi (7,788m)

 ©Kenro Nakajima / American Alpine Journal KAZUYA HIRAIDE - KENRO NAKAJIMA (JAPAN)SOUTH FACE AND SOUTHEAST RIDGE, 4,000M FROM BASE CAMP, JUNE 27-JULY 3 ROUND TRIP FROM BASE CAMP. The Hunza region of...

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We would like to give a special mention to another American, Alex Honnold, for his outstanding contribution to climbing in the year 2017.

In the mountains he made two short new rock routes in Alaska's Ruth Gorge, and a remarkable series of climbs in Antarctica, where in the famous Fenris Kjeften Range of Queen Maud Land, Honnold reached the summits of 14 peaks by routes of varying difficulty. Notable was the east pillar (dubbed Dark Tower) of Stetind (2,588m), climbed with Cedar Wright. Historians of Antarctic mountaineering feel this is probably the hardest on-sight, all free rock route on the continent. Climbed in cold, windy conditions, and with runout pitches on poor rock, it gave Honnold "the scariest lead of my life".

That has to say something! Of course, all this was very much overshadowed by the astonishing free solo of Free Rider on El Capitan. On this sensibly well-choreographed ascent, Honnold exhibited complete mastery at a level probably unequalled in the history of rock climbing. Regular climbing partner Tommy Caldwell was convinced that in terms of mind control, it was "one of the pinnacle sporting moments of all time".

But we shouldn't forget Alex Honnold's other commitment, on-going through 2017. The Honnold Foundation, founded in 2012, has the simple vision to improve lives and reduce environmental impact by working with partners to promote solar-powered energy worldwide. Last year, work continued with the Solar Energy Foundation (SEF) to carry out much needed installations in Ethiopian villages.

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
2017 : Jeff LOWE
2018 : Andrej ŠTREMFELJ
2019 : krzysztof WIELICKI

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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
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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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