Once again this year, the Piolets d'Or celebrates mountaineering in all its various dimensions. Both for his historical achievements and for his promotion of mountaineering, Chris Bonington, a living legend and a major figure in 20th century mountaineering, will receive the Career Piolet d'Or from the hands of his no-less-legendary friend and climbing partner Doug Scott.
The Piolets d'Or will also be an occasion to launch the events for «1865, The High Point of the Golden Age of Mountaineering. There were many British mountaineers, along with their alpine guides, who were the protagonists in the great first ascents achieved in 1865: Matterhorn, Grandes Jorasses, Aiguille Verte, to cite the most famous of the summits first climbed in that year. A series of events and exhibitions will mark this golden age of mountain
conquests throughout the summer season of 2015, in the Chamonix valley, and elsewhere in the Alps.
Finally, with regard to modern mountaineering, the Piolets d'Or will reward some of last year’s most impressive routes. These will be chosen by a high-flying international committee of impeccable technical credentials from nine different countries, whom we are proud to be able to count on for support in promoting ethical mountaineering attitudes !