Piolets d'Or - The 2021 Piolets d'Or

Piolet d'Or 2021 - Award ceremony

Nouveauté : "Piolets d'Or, les plus…

Piolets d'or, les plus beaux exploits de l'alpinisme moderne Cet ouvrage, paru aux Editions du Mont Blanc, présente les itinéraires d’exception accomplis depuis 1992 et nous fait découvrir leurs aventures dans les...

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2021 - Yasushi Yamanoi

©Yasushi Yamanoi Seen from Europe our view of Japanese mountaineering can often be cloudy. On the one hand Japan has a very prolific history in exploration and first ascents, notably in...

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Retrospective 1992 - 2021

The year 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the inception of the Piolet d'Or, an idea proposed by the late Jean-Claude Marmier and François Marsigny. It resulted in a partnership...

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Briançon, 26th-29th November 2021

The 2021 edition of the Piolets d'Or will take place from the 26th-29th November in the beautiful mountain city of Briançon, France. Download the program [FR] The 2021 edition will be special...

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2020 - Significant ascents

There follows a representative list of significant, innovative ascents in most mountain regions of the World, climbed during 2020, in alpine style, and without using drilled equipment. This is not...

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2021 Honoured Ascents


©Silvia Vidal The Piolets d'Or promotes progressive mountaineering, alpine-style, doing more with less. Our awards reflect this ethos. But it also champions the spirit of exploration, a high level of commitment...

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©Ethan Berman Emperor (northwest) Face - Running in the Shadows (2,300m, US VI, M6 AI5 A0), Ethan Berman (USA) and Uisdean Hawthorn (UK). September 30 to October 1 for the ascent. Robson...

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©Symon Welfringer South face and southwest ridge - Revers Gagnant (ca 2,500m, M4+ WI4+ 90°), Pierrick Fine and Symon Welfringer (France), October 16-19 for the ascent. After the pandemic thwarted plans to...

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  1. Briançon
  2. 27 NOVEMBRE 2021
  3. 28 NOVEMBRE 2021

Concert - Parvis de la Médiathèque « Recreation ! »

SAMEDI 27 NOVEMBRE 2021  - 14h

Jazz-Rock / Hip-Hop

Animations sur le parvis de la médiathèque

SAMEDI 27 NOVEMBRE 2021 - 10h > 17h

Café littéraire & dédicaces d’ouvrages d’alpinisme à la médiathèque

SAMEDI 27 NOVEMBRE 2021  - 14h > 17h30

Rencontre avec des alpinistes français (dont Catherine Destivelle, Hélias Millerioux, Paul Bonhomme, Vivian Bruchez) et étrangers venus de nombreux pays (Espagne, Japon, États-Unis, Canada, Royaume-Uni, Italie, Suisse, Russie, Iran...).

Présentation des alpinistes et des invités à la médiathèque.

SAMEDI 27 NOVEMBRE 2021 - 15h

Présentation détaillée des ascensions lauréates de l’année

SAMEDI 27 NOVEMBRE 2021 - 15h30 > 17h

Au Cosmo. Sur réservation.

Soirée de Gala

SAMEDI 27 NOVEMBRE 2021 - 20h30 > 22h30

Présentation du Piolet d’Or Carrière & Soirée de remise des Piolets d’Or au Cosmo.

Sur réservation : https://bit.ly/3bJfEet
Retransmis en direct sur Facebook Live : Ville de Briançon.

Soirée au Casino de Jeux avec groupe de musique.

SAMEDI 27 NOVEMBRE 2021 - 22h30

Animations au fort des Salettes

DIMANCHE 28 NOVEMBRE - 12h > 15h30

Animations au fort des Salettes en collaboration avec les bureaux locaux des guides de haute montagne.

Projection du « Sommet des Dieux »


Présentation du film et projection du « Sommet des Dieux » au Cosmo en présence de l’équipe du film
Entrée payante - www.cosmocinemas.fr

Projection de « Le doigt de Dieu »


Projection au Cosmo - dans le cadre du Festival de cinéma des Guides de Montagne - « Le doigt de Dieu » sur la traversée de la Meije, avec une interview de Michel Serres... 
Entrée payante - www.cosmocinemas.fr

Discussions débat : Quel avenir / Quelle évolution pour les Piolets d’Or ?

DIMANCHE 28 NOVEMBRE 2021 - 17h > 19h

Table ronde à l’hôtel du camp de base. Entrée libre. Hôtel Suite Home Briançon - 1 av. du Dauphiné - 05100 Briançon


Projection d' « Antarctica, mon rêve d’extrême sud »


Projection au Cosmo - dans le cadre du Festival de cinéma des Guides de Montagne - « Antarctica, mon rêve d’extrême sud » sur l’Antarctique, terre de glace et d’espace… Avec Yvan Estienne, réalisateur et guide de haute montagne.
Entrée payante - www.cosmocinemas.fr

  • Piolets d'Or 2020 | 19th September 2020 | ©Lucyna Lewandowska

  • Piolets d'Or 2020 | 19th September 2020 | ©Lucyna Lewandowska

  • Piolets d'Or 2020 | 19th September 2020 | ©Michal Zlotowski

  • Piolets d'Or 2020 | 19th September 2020 | ©Michal Kwasniewski

  • Piolets d'Or 2020 | 19th September 2020 | ©Michal Kwasniewski

  • Piolets d'Or 2020 | 19th September 2020 | ©Michal Zlotowski

  • Piolets d'Or 2020 | 19th September 2020 | ©Michal Kwasniewski

  • Piolets d'Or 2020 | 19th September 2020 | ©Michal Zlotowski

What are the "Piolets d'Or" ?

A celebration of mountaineering

The purpose of the Piolets d'Or awards is to raise awareness about the year's greatest ascents across the world.  They aim to celebrate the taste for adventure, the bravery and sense of exploration that lie behind the art of climbing in the world's great mountain ranges. The Piolets d'Or draw their inspiration from mountaineering's rich history.  They are a celebration of a sense of partnership and solidarity, of shared experiences, and reward individual or collective achievement.

The Spirit of Modern Alpinism

More than just the recognition of a performance, the Piolets d'Or celebrates passion, spirit and values. The spirit of the Piolets d’Or draws its inspiration from the history of alpinism and the authenticity of true team spirit. The style should take precedence over the conquest of an objective.  Success is no longer about getting to the summit at all costs, employing all possible financial and technical means, (oxygen, fixed ropes, doping products, etc) or large-scale human resources (high-altitude porters or sherpas). The Piolets d’Or event encourages imagination in searching for innovative routes using a maximum of economy of means, making use of experience and respecting man and nature. The Piolets d’Or is attached to making climbing a shared and valued richness all over the world, capable of attracting the best of human ambitions whilst encompassing moral values and edifying behaviour. The Piolets d'Or event is therefore a celebration of an ethical alpinism, rich in emotion.



Les Piolets d'Or

The Piolet d'Or Career

In 2009, the first Lifetime Achievement Piolet d’Or was awarded to Walter Bonatti.  His style of mountaineering perfectly reflected the spirit of thePiolets d’Or.  He became a sort of godfather to those who would receive this award after him. In honour of the man and his spirit, it has been renamed the “Piolet d’Or Lifetime Achievement, Walter Bonatti Award”.

The Career Piolets d'Or was created to reward a career where the spirit has inspired the following generations, in the sense of criteria set down by the convention.
Recipients of the Piolet d'Or Career :
2009 : Walter BONATTI
2010 : Reinhold MESSNER
2011 : Doug SCOTT
2012 : Robert PARAGOT
2013 : Kurt DIEMBERGER
2014 : John ROSKELLEY
2015 : Chris BONINGTON
2016 : Wojciech KURTYKA
2017 : Jeff LOWE
2018 : Andrej ŠTREMFELJ
2019 : Krzysztof WIELICKI
2020 : Catherine DESTIVELLE

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The Piolets Jeunes

The Piolets Jeunes is a gathering for diversity, exchange of experience, know-how and cultures.
It allows young people to experience a true mountain experience

Because we are convinced of the major educational role of mountain activities, particularly in the context of education through sport, we wish to contribute to the development of mountain activities among youth. We also promote the spirit and culture of the mountainin order to put young people in link:
- Using natural and cultural heritage and mountain with the territory
- With strong values related to these adventure land practices: the spirit of discovery, respect, solidarity, spirit climber, commitment, experience, progressive autonomy, and responsibility

2021 Organizers

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