/ NEWS: Piolets d'Or 2018 Announced
That Nuptse ascent... stands out for me from all the others. Amazing
I think their moustaches stood out pretty well too!
We can only aspire to moustaching standards like those!
Looking at the shortlisted you could say British alpinism is truly and well alive! Nice work
Just had some pretty exciting news which more than confirms your comment Ramon. Yikes!
Oddly written article. You start with the "also-rans" but only because they have "UK" next to their names, and then drift into the guys who actually won the awards.
I recognize this is "UKC", but really - should the article not have been "Here are the winners! Also, here are some notable British ascents"...
Oddly, my first thought when I saw the title was that Ueli will never get the chance to receive another one. Bit of a punch to the stomach that one
> Oddly, my first thought when I saw the title was that Ueli will never get the chance to receive another one.
He wouldn't have got his last one except his publisher was on the jury. The other members didn't want to give it to him - with good reason.
These three climbs noted above, as well as other recent climbs, are much better representations of alpinism.
If you mean the Annapurna ascent (?), I struggle to think of a 'better representation of alpinism'.
Well, you can read the information for yourself: http://www.pioletsdor.net/presse/2017/forum/Annapurna-2013-Steck.pdf
And a related article in French: https://www.pasquer-voyages.com/single-post/Ueli-Steck-est-il-un-imposteur-a-8000m
Regardless of what you decide after reading all that, the fact is that, particularly in light of his Shishapangma claim, there were simply too many gaps and contradictions for most of the jury to award him the PdO for Annapurna.
If you truly dig into it, put it all together, and compare it with other ascents and situations, the weight of circumstantial evidence becomes pretty overwhelming, particularly for the Shisha climb - I have no strong personal opinion on the Annapurna climb.
I guess you met Benji when climbing at Deversé in 2012. No moustache back then though.
Scottish climber Robbie Phillips has completed the 'Alpine Trilogy', a trio of the hardest multipitch rock climbs in Europe, by climbing Des Kaisers neue Kleider 8b+ in Austria.