Piolets d'Or - The 2017 Piolets d'Or

PIOLETS D'OR 2017

In April and November 2017 in Grenoble, France

 PIOLETS D'OR 2017

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  1. Programme 2017
  2. 11 AVRIL / APRIL 11th
  3. 12 AVRIL / APRIL 12th
  4. 13 AVRIL / APRIL 13th
  5. 14 AVRIL / APRIL 14th
  6. 15 AVRIL / APRIL 15th
  7. NOVEMBRE / NOVEMBER 2017

Evening dedicated to Lionel Terray

Tuesday, April 11th

7:30pm | Grenoble Tourism Office Conference Room

On opening night, the mountain office of the City of Grenoble welcomes its special guest, author Marcel Pérès, who will invite you to discover the life of Lionel Terray through a collection of his work, published by Glénat.  The evening will pay special tribute to Terray, who is not only a local Isere climbing hero, but also an international mountaineering icon.

 

Mountaineering and literature book fair

Wednesday, April 12th

6-8pm | Alpes Congrès

The evening will kick off with a mini-book fair in the Alpes Congrès entrance hall.
Several publishing houses specialized in mountain literature will be present and offer a variety of talks and book signings.   Special guests will include Kelly Cordes, Stéphanie Bodet, Claude Gardien, Gilles Modica, Jean-Michel Asselin, Marcel Peres, Alain Ghersen, Yves Ballu, Odette Bernezat, Gilles Chappaz, Catherine Destivelle, Anselme Baud, Victor Saunders, Bernard Vaucher, Yves Peysson, John Porter, Charlie Buffet and François Carrel.  
Clair Obscur and Diverticimes will also present a mountain photography exhibit..
Catering by the nonprofit “la Mixture” will include a bar and local organic specialties.

 

Screening of the film Jeff Lowe’s Meta …

Wednesday, April 12th

8pm | Alpes Congrès

Celebration of Jeff Lowe's climbing career

The legendary American alpinist Jeff Lowe will be the recipient of the 9th Piolet d’Or Walter Bonatti Lifetime Achievement Award.  The evening will be hosted by the co-presidents of the Groupe de Haute Montagne (GHM), Catherine Destivelle and Christian Trommsdorff, who will be joined by storytellers and some of Jeff Lowe’s climbing partners.

Grenoble’s first screening of the film Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia, award winner at many international film festivals. Joined by Jeff Lowe’s companion and producer of the film, Connie Self.

 

Unique visits of Grenoble's museums

Wednesday, April 12th

8am to 7pm | Musée Dauphinois

Exclusive visit of the “People of the Alps” exhibit, featuring live music from musician Alain Lafuente. Suitable for all audiences.

Reservations recommended: contact Médiarts (contact@mediarts38.fr or +33 662706413).

International forum on proof in mountaineering

Thursday, April 13th

8pm | Salle Edmond Vigne de Fontaine

An international forum on the question of proof of ascents in high-level alpinism: this debate will be held in the context of increasing professionalization in alpinism, and will feature the voices of alpinists, journalists, and historians, revisit famous controversies of the past, explore new questions and discuss potential changes to the Piolet d’Or charter.  François Carrel will moderate a public debate between journalists and historians (Kelly Cordes, Jean-Jacques Prieur and Rodolph Popier), professional alpinists (Thomas Huber and Sébastien Ratel) and representatives from alpine institutions (Christian Trommsdorff - GHM, Lindsay Griffin - American Alpine Journal, and George Lowe - American Alpine Club).
At the beginning of the evening, members of the Piolet d’Or Jury will announce the winning ascents of 2016.  The awards will be given during Part Two of the 2017 Piolet d’Or in November. Open to the Public.

Mountain activities

Friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th

- Glacier discovery and initiation ! A half-day workshop to learn about glaciers (crevasses, seracs, climate change, etc.) and glacier travel, including a roped snowshoe hike on the Girose Glacier.

- Glacier travel on skis. a half-day workshop aimed at teaching the techniques for travelling safely on skis across glaciated terrain (roping up, navigation and route choice, gear choices and crevasse rescue)

35€ per person for a half-day workshop.  The price includes safety equipment (harness, ropes, avalanche beacons, shovels and probes) and instruction by certified high mountain guides. The price does not include the La Grave lift ticket or rental of other equipment (backcountry ski gear or snowshoes). For more information and to sign up, contact the La Grave guide office: +33 476799121.
Sign up before Wednesday, April 12th.

Evening in La Grave

Friday, April 14th

6-7pm | Outside the La Grave Village Function Hall - Pre-dinner drinks and snacks

7-9pm | Dinner in the restaurants around La Grave with Piolet d’Or special alpinist guests.

9pm | Outside the La Grave Village Function Hall  - Drive-in theater: screening of short ski films and Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia as an homage to the climbing career of Jeff Lowe. Joined by his cousin, George Lowe and his companion, who is also the producer of this exceptional film.

9pm | Gîte Le Rocher - Festive evening.

Mountain activities

Friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th

- Glacier discovery and initiation ! A half-day workshop to learn about glaciers (crevasses, seracs, climate change, etc.) and glacier travel, including a roped snowshoe hike on the Girose Glacier.

- Glacier travel on skis. a half-day workshop aimed at teaching the techniques for travelling safely on skis across glaciated terrain (roping up, navigation and route choice, gear choices and crevasse rescue)

35€ per person for a half-day workshop.  The price includes safety equipment (harness, ropes, avalanche beacons, shovels and probes) and instruction by certified high mountain guides. The price does not include the La Grave lift ticket or rental of other equipment (backcountry ski gear or snowshoes). For more information and to sign up, contact the La Grave guide office: +33 476799121.
Sign up before Wednesday, April 12th.

Projection & Award ceremony

NOVEMBER 2017

During Grenoble’s annual “Rencontre Ciné Montagne" film festival at the Palais des Sports, an entire evening will be dedicated to this year’s Piolet d’Or recipients, including  a screening of selected ascents from 2016 at which the teams will be present to receive their awards.

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International forum - Bibliography

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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

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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
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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

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