Canadians Ian Welsted and Raphael Slawinski have been nominated for their ascent of K6 West.
The jury of the 22nd Piolets d’Or selected the following five ascents from a list of 76, no easy task. The president, George Lowe, together with Catherine Destivelle, Erri de Luca, Karin Steinbach, Sung-Muk Lim, and Denis Urubko, announced their selection today.
Pakistan, K6 West, 7,040 m
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Pakistan, Kunyang Chhish East, 7,400 m
Over six days, Simon Anthamatten and Hansjorg et Matthias Auer climbed the 2,700-metre Southwest Face.
Nepal, Talung, 7,43 9m
Marek Holecek and Zdenek Hruby made the first ascent of Talung’s North Face over five days.
Nepal, Annapurna, 8,091 m
Ueli Steck’s now-famous solo of Annapurna’s South Face in a mere 28 hours.
Alaska, Mount Laurens, 3,052 m
Mark Allen and Graham Zimmerman spent 67 hours completing the first ascent of the Northeast buttress and North ridge, and the second ascent of the mountain.