Piolet d’Or Winners Announced

Piolet d’Or Winners Announced
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Four 2019 climbs were awarded the prestigious Piolet d’Or earlier today. In addition, Catherine Destivelle will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. The eight jurists, most of whom had won a Piolet d’Or themselves in the past for excellence in mountaineering, included Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Hélias Millerioux, Aleš Česen and Raphael Slawinski. Recognizing exceptional climbs, the Piolet d’Ors have been given every year since 1992. It is unclear whether this tradition will be broken next year, since COVID-19 has crippled most expedition plans. This year’s winners: Chamlang (7,321m)   Since he first saw it in 2001, Marek Holeček had dreamed of climbing the great northwest face of Chamlang in Nepal’s Mahalangur Himal. Others had shared the same dream, and after more than half a dozen failed attempts, the face had become one of the most coveted in the country. When Holeček and... .... Continue Reading at Explorers Web



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