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Sir Chris Bonington to Recieve Piolets d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award

In April 2015, the 23rd Piolet’s d’Or will take place in Chamonix and Courmayeur.

British climber Chris Bonington was born in 1934 in Hampstead. and will be awarded the seventh Lifetime Achievement Award. The previous recipients of the award were Walter Bonatti, Reinhold Messner, Doug Scott, Robert Paragot, Kurt Diemberger and John Roskelley.

John Roskelly recieved awarded Piolets d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award

The Piolets d’Or said, “His achievements are milestones in the history of mountaineering in the Alps as in the Himalayas.”

Sir Chris Bonington

Piolets d’Or

Chris Bonington’s Notable Climbs

1961 First ascent of the Central Pillar of Freney, Mont Blanc with Ian Clough, Don Whillans and Jan Długosz.
1962 First British ascent of Eiger’s North Face.
1963 First ascent of the Central Tower of Paine, Patagonia with Don Whillans.
1966 First ascent of the Old Man of Hoy Tom Patey.
1974 First ascent of Changabang, Garhwal Himalaya with Don Whillans, Doug Scott and Dougal Haston.
1983 First ascent of West Summit of Shivling, Gangotri.
1983 First British ascent, solo, of Antarctica’s Vinson Massif.
1985 Mount Everest as member of Norwegian Everest Expedition.
2014 The Old Man of Hoy to mark his 80th birthday.

Bonington Climbs Old Man of Hoy on 80th Birthday

Expedition Leader

1970 The South Face of Annapurna reached by Dougal Haston and Don Whillans and Ian Clough died.
1972 The southwest face of Mount Everest, but it was unsuccessful.
1975 The British Mount Everest southwest face expedition. The summit was reached by Doug Scott, Dougal Haston, Peter Boardman, Pertemba Sherpa and Canadian Mick Burke, who died on the expedition.
1978 The west face of K2, they were unsuccessful and Nick Estcourt died.
1982 The northeast ridge of Mount Everest. Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker died and no one reached the summit.

Chris Bonington’s Website


I Chose to Climb (Gollancz) 1966
Annapurna South Face (Cassell) 1971
The Next Horizon (Gollancz) 1973
Everest South West Face (Hodder and Stoughton) 1973
Changabang (Heinemann) 1975
Everest the Hard Way (Hodder and Stoughton) 1976
Quest for Adventure (Hodder and Stoughton) 1981
Kongur: China’s Elusive Summit (Hodder and Stoughton) 1982
Everest: The Unclimbed Ridge (with Dr Charles Clarke) (Hodder and Stoughton) 1983
The Everest Years (Hodder and Stoughton) 1986
Mountaineer: Thirty Years of Climbing on the World’s Great Peaks (Diadem) 1989
The Climbers (BBC Books and Hodder and Stoughton) 1992
Sea, Ice and Rock (with Robin Knox-Johnston) (Hodder and Stoughton) 1992
Great Climbs (Ed with Audrey Salkeld) (Reed Illustrated Books) 1994
Tibet’s Secret Mountain, the Triumph of Sepu Kangri (with Dr Charles Clarke) (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) 1999
Boundless Horizons (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) 2000
Chris Bonington’s Everest (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) 2002
Chris Bonington’s Lakeland Heritage (with Roly Smith) (Halsgrove) 2004

A younger Chris Bonington Photo Bonington's website
A younger Chris Bonington Photo Bonington’s website

Sources: Bonington’s web site, Wikipedia