The Rupal Face of Nanga Parbat was first climbed in 1970 by a young Reinhold Messner climbing with his brother Gunther who lost his life on the descent. The American pair found some human remains on their ascent which later turned out to be those of Gunther Messner. This discovery helped solved the 35 year old controversy surrounding Messner's descent of the mountain - see October 22 news item.
The other candidates for the Piolet d'Or were:
Read here a translation of Steve House's opinion on the selection criteria for the Piolet d'Or.