PHOTO GALLERY: Piolets d'Or 2011

by Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC Apr/2011
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+The Greenland Big Wallers start jamming at the Piolets d'Or 2011, 193 kbThe Greenland Big Wallers start jamming at the Piolets d'Or 2011
© Anna Piunova

+A golden ice axe, 118 kbA golden ice axe
© Anna Piunova
The Piolets d'or 2011 ceremony was held in Chamonix, France over the weekend of the 16th and 17th of April. The prestigious golden ice axe has been awarded to the Japanese 'Mount Logan' expedition and also the Belgian/USA/UK 'Greenland Big Walls' expedition.

Yasushi Okada and Katsutaka Yokoyama (Japan) received their award for their 2500m route on the South East Face of Mount Logan (5959m), Canada, which entailed four bivouacs.

Sean Villanueva, Nicolas and Olivier Favressse (Belgium) and Ben Ditto (USA) captained by Briton Bob Shepton (75 yrs) sailed to Greenland and climbed nine new routes on the big walls on the West & South coasts of Greenland The most committing route - Devil's Brew, took 10 days. Most of the routes were started from their basecamp boat.

British mountaineering legend Doug Scott received the Lifetime Contribution Award.

Commenting to UKClimbing after the ceremony, Sean Villanueva summed up the spirit of the awards:

"Hopefully us receiving the piolet will send out a message that it is important to climb as cleanly as possible, to enjoy the climbing and that team spirit is important. It is not necessary to place bolts in these wild places, especially where other protection is possible. There are too many bolts showing up next to perfect cracks.

Also, hopefully this “Piolet d'Or” will boost our musical careers..." 

  • You can read more about Doug Scott and his award in this previous UKC News.
  • You can read more about the Devil's Brew and other Greenland adventures in this UKC News

PHOTO GALLERY: Piolets d'Or 2011

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The Japanese team of Yasushi Okada and Katsutaka Yokoyama
UKC News, Apr 2011
© Anna Piunova

+Ben Ditto, 90 kbBen Ditto
© Belgian Greenland Big Walls Expedition
+Bob Shepton, 54 kbBob Shepton
© Belgian Greenland Big Walls Expedition
+Nico Favresse, 55 kbNico Favresse
© Belgian Greenland Big Walls Expedition
+Olivier Favresse, 64 kbOlivier Favresse
© Belgian Greenland Big Walls Expedition
+Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll, 82 kbSean Villanueva O'Driscoll
© Belgian Greenland Big Walls Expedition

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Chris Bonington waxes lyrical about Doug Scott (inset) at the Piolet d'Or 2011
UKC News, Apr 2011
© Anna Piunova
+Piolet d'Or for the Belgian Big Wallers, 141 kbPiolet d'Or for the Belgian Big Wallers
© Belgian Greenland Big Walls Expedition
+Yasushi Okada & Katsutaka Yokoyama, 135 kbYasushi Okada & Katsutaka Yokoyama
© Yasushi Okada & Katsutaka Yokoyama
+South East Face of Mount Logan (5959m), Canada, 222 kbSouth East Face of Mount Logan (5959m), Canada
© Yasushi Okada & Katsutaka Yokoyama
+Yasushi Okada & Katsutaka Yokoyama, 138 kbYasushi Okada & Katsutaka Yokoyama
© Yasushi Okada & Katsutaka Yokoyama
+Doug Scott, 108 kbDoug Scott
© Cumberland News


Thanks go to Anna Piunova of Mountain.ru for some of the photographs that accompany this news report.

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