We are proud to count every year on the support of international technical comittee flying high to promote ethics mountaineering ! It chooses to reward among all significant climbs of the year before , some of them, considered the most "beautiful" and the most emblematic of the style (in accordance with the Charter of the Piolets d'Or) that wants to promote the Piolets d'Or.
Yannick Graziani is the holder of an impressive list of Himalayan successes: the South East arête and the East Face of Makalu, Chomo Lonzo, Annapurna, Chaukhamba II and Pumari Chisch. In short, he has forged himself an eclectic range of experience. An important member of the TGW (Trommsdorff-Graziani-Wagnon) climbing team, he comes from the generation which did not experience big expeditions. Instead he takes on the high commitment and risk levels of alpine style climbing. The daring yet appealing nature of his attempt with Stéphane Benoist to climb the South Face of Annapurna in alpine style, drew the gasps of fellow climbers.
Awarded two Piolets d’Or, he stormed onto the alpine scene in 1998 with the first ascent of a route on the West face of the Drus. Following that were the first ascents of Eldorado (solo) on the Grandes Jorasses, a route in Meru (solo, 2001), the South-East pillar of Nuptse, and the North-West pillar of Jannu. Valeri moved the world of alpinism by his kindness and his energy.
52 years old, is one of the best Slovenian alpinists. He has solved some of the great alpine “problems”, such as Bhagirathi III (India, Garhwal, 1990). In 1986, together with his Slovenian friends, he opened a new route on the East face of Cerro Torre in Patagonia, called The Directissima to Hell. He has been very active in this south part of the Andes, where he did a first ascent on Torre Egger and on Fitz Roy. With Rolando Garibotti, he experimented with the non-stop style of climbing by doing a 30hour push up the Slovak route on the southwest face of Fitz Roy. In 2005, he climbed the southeast ridge of Cerro Torre, which starts by ascending the Aguje Medialuna: 1700m of climbing. In Pakistan in 2006, he climbed Eternal Flame on Trango (Pakistan) in a day. Silvo is a particularly fast climber with a long and prolific career. He is also an activist for the mountains through Mountain Wilderness. He was a member of the jury of the Piolets d’Or in 2006, under Stephen Venables’ presidency.
This professor of physics at the University of Calgary was, naturally, very active in the Rockies, carrying out some very hard winter climbs. He has also climbed in Alaska, with some non-stop ascents of the Cassin route on Denali or Common Knowledge on the same mountain. In 2013 he succeeded in the 1st attempt on the NW face of K6 West, with Ian Welsted. This route earned them a Piolet d’Or in 2014.