All six of the climbs nominated for this year's Piolets d'Or award are on mountains in the Himalaya and Karakoram. But the jury of mountaineers announced today that it is giving "special mention" to two other climbs besides the nominated ascents. The climbs they have chosen to highlight are two ascents in January last year of the southeast ridge of Cerro Torre in Patagonia (Argentina).
Prizes are silly. A prize that shines some light into neglected crannies of mountaineering creativity is a useful sort of silliness. The people behind the annual mountaineering Piolet d'Or award seem to understand that.
This year's winners will be announced at a ceremony in Chamonix, France at the beginning of April. But the Piolet d'Or "Super Big List" of "major ascents during 2012" is perhaps more interesting than the names of the eventual winners.
The 72 ascents put forward for the this year's Piolets d'Or mountaineering award have been whittled down by the jury to just 6 nominations. All of the nominated climbs were in the Himalaya and Karakoram ranges, and all of them were completed in alpine style. Some were exploratory ascents of untouched routes. Others were first ascents of sought-after lines that have defeated a number of previous attempts.
Tibetans and other supporters of Tibetan freedom held a demonstration in Scotland's capital Edinburgh on Sunday 10 March to mark the 54th anniversary of the Lhasa Uprising against Chinese rule.
The demonstration was organised by Edinburgh University Tibet Society with support from the Tibetan community of Scotland, the Tibet Society UK, Students for a Free Tibet, the Kashmir Solidarity Movement and other groups. It was one of many demonstrations held in towns and cities around the world, including London, Brussels, Berlin, New York, Melbourne, Delhi, Dhramshala, Mumbai, Leh, Tokyo and Madrid.