Piolets d'Or 2013 - 6 climbs nominated
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.
The jury of 4 internationally respected mountaineers now have to pick a winner. The award will be made at a presentation shared between Cormayeur and Chamonix, on the Italian and French sides of Mont Blanc, from 3 to 6 April.
The nominated climbs were the south pillar of Kyashar (Nepal), climbed by Tatsuya Aoki, Yasuhiro Hanatani and Hiroyoshi Manome; the prow of Shiva (India) climbed by Mick Fowler and Paul Ramsden; the northeast spur of Muztagh Tower (Pakistan), climbed by Dmitry Golovchenko, Alexander Lange and Sergey Nilov; the southeast ridge and south face of Ogre I (Pakistan), climbed by Hayden Kennedy and Kyle Dempster; the southwest face of Kamet (India), climbed by Sébastien Bohin, Didier Jourdain, Sébastien Moatti and Sébastien Ratel; and the Mazeno ridge of Nanga Parbat (Pakistan), climbed by Sandy Allan and Rick Allen.
It's no surprise that the climbers starring on these ascents are from countries with a well-developed tradition of bold and innovative mountaineering - Japan, the UK, Russia, the USA, France. But it ought to be a surprise that not a single team made up mainly of climbers from the countries where these mountains are situated - Nepal, India, Pakistan - made it onto the "super big list" of ascents put forward for possible nomination.
The Piolets d'Or 2013 jury is made up four experienced and widely respected mountaineers: Stephen Venables (UK), Silvo Karo (Slovenia), Katsutaka Yokoyama (Japan) and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner (Austria).
Nanga Parbat - British Nanga Parbat 2012 Expedition; Kamet - GHM; Ogre - Kyle Dempster; Muztagh Tower - Wikimedia; Kyashar - Getty Images; Shiva - Piolet d'Or