Six Ascents Nominated For 20th Piolets d’Or

For the twentieth edition of the Piolets d’Or, it took a month of reflection and debate for the jury, presided over by AlpinistEditor-in-Chief Michael Kennedy, to select the six routes that they have decided best illustrate exploratory alpinism at a high technical level in minimal style undertaken with consideration for the environment.

Chosen from a list of eighty-eight ascents completed in 2011 on the mountains across the globe, these six routes are testament to the skill and determination of the fifteen alpinists who endured often hostile climates in these little-known mountain ranges in isolated regions. The Indian Karakoram, Xuelian Feng, Kyrgyzstan, Patagonia, Gangotri-Garhwal, Charakusa… autonomy and a strong team spirit are paramount in these rarely visited high altitude areas.

The nominated alpinists will be with us in Courmayeur and Chamonix from March 21-24 to present their routes, meet the public and perhaps be awarded with a Piolet d’Or – honoring the most notable alpine style ascents of 2011.

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Six Ascents Nominated For 20th Piolets d'Or

Årtun. Ole Lied leading on Venas Azules. Photo Bjørn-Eivind Årtun

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