First presented in 1994, the awards were set up in memory of King Albert I of Belgium, a keen mountaineer who was killed in a climbing accident in 1934. The accolades honour people or institutions who have distinguished themselves through exceptional and lasting achievements on or around mountains. Fowler is only the third British mountaineer, after Lord John Hunt and Stephen Venables, to win a King Albert Mountain Award.
The King Albert I Memorial Foundation presented the award to Fowler for:
“Being one of the most successful and innovative mountaineers of our time, constantly searching out and mastering difficult and beautiful lines on largely unknown peaks of up to 7,000m. His unique style stands out against the spirit of the time which overvalues so-called records.”
Mick Fowler said:
“To receive an award of this stature for doing something I love is very special to me. It is a great honour to be recognised alongside colleagues of such standing and I am very grateful to the King Albert I Memorial Foundation.”
Fowler recently announced details of his latest expedition. To celebrate 30 years of leading trips to the major ranges, he has set his sights on an unclimbed buttress line on the 6,142m peak of Shiva in the Indian Himalaya. Fowler will leave the UK this week and return around the middle of October.
Mick Fowler is sponsored by Berghaus.