Vince Anderson and Steve House have won the 15th Piolet d’Or, the annual prize for the year’s top feat in mountaineering. awarded by the Groupe de Haute Montagne (a French alpine club) and Montagnes magazine. An international jury selected the two Americans’ September first ascent of the direct Rupal Face of Nanga Parbat, alpine-style, in six days up and two days down. The climb also won the Prix de Public (People’s Choice) award. This is the first time a North American team has won the golden ice axe.
Last year, House was nominated for the Piolet d’Or for his solo new route on Pakistan’s K-7, a climb which also garnered the People’s Choice award. In addition to the Nanga Parbat climb, this year’s Piolet d’Or nominees were:
• Alessandro Beltrami, Rolando Garibotti and Ermanno Salvaterra for their route up the northern flanks of Cerro Torre. • Stefan Glowacz and Robert Jasper for their new route on Cerro Murallón in Patagonia. • Serguey Samoilov and Denis Urubko for an alpine-style first ascent on Broad Peak. • Ueli Steck for his solo ascents on Cholatse and Tawoche. • Yannick Graziani, Christian Trommsdorf and Patrick Wagnon for their new routes on the north and central summits of Chomo Lonzo in Tibet.Comment on this story