The 2010 nominees for the controversial Piolets d'Or awards have been announced.
The awards, which were cancelled back in 2008 due to a major backlash from top Alpinists, have been going from strength to strength with a new ethos and format that has appeased climbers.
David Falt, author of the blog E9 Climbing commented:
"For me personally, it's a fun event and a great way to meet friends, socialise and climb. The organizers have tried to take the edge off some of the past emotions by introducing a new format where five or six teams are nominated and more than one award can be given, for example in categories emphasizing "technical difficulty", "commitment" and "exploration".
I guess in theory one team can grab all three awards but this is a highly unlikely scenario. In this year's bag is a nice mix of great achievements, some maybe better than others, some more hyped than others but the key element is that they are all great achievements, illustrating the beauty of the pure alpine challenge and in the age of relentless commercialism, over-hyping of 8000m 'heroes' and even blatant fraudulence to gain entry to this club, the appeal of the alpine ideal should not be allowed to dim."
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