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2/27/14 – Five teams have been nominated for the annual Piolets d’Or, the golden ice axes celebrating the year’s top alpine ascents. The five ascents in 2013 selected by the Piolets d’Or jury are:
• First ascent of K6 West (7,040 meters) in Pakistan by Raphael Slawinski and Ian Welsted of Canada.
• New route on Mt. Laurens (3,052 meters) in Alaska by Americans Mark Allen and Graham Zimmerman.
• New route on Talung (7,439 meters) in Nepal by the Czech climbers Marek Holecek and Zdenek Hruby.
• Solo new route on the south face of Annapurna (8,091 meters) by Ueli Steck from Switzerland.
• First ascent of Kunyang Chhish East in Pakistan by brothers Hansjörg and Mathias Auer from Austria and Simon Anthamatten of Switzerland.
In addition, the French climbers Stéphane Benoist and Yannick Graziani will receive a special jury mention for their alpine-style repeat of the Steck route on Annapurna.
Earlier it was announced that American John Roskelley would receive a lifetime achievement award at this year’s Piolets d’Or ceremonies.
The Piolets d’Or jury, chaired by the great American climber George Lowe, will meet in Chamonix, France, in late March to chose the awards for 2013 ascents. The festivities surrounding the awards take place March 26–29 in Chamonix and Courmayeur, Italy.