Piolets d’Or : Chris Bonington 7th Piolet d’Or Career

Sir Chris BoningtonThe Piolets d’Or global alpinism meeting will take place in Chamonix and Courmayeur from 9th to 12th April 2015. It is quite befitting that this year’s Piolets d’Or lifetime career distinction will  be awarded to Sir Chris Bonington. Born in  1934, Sir Chris began climbing at the age of 17. In 1958 he took part in an early ascent of the Bonatti Pillar on the Petit Dru, and later became the flrst Briton to climb the North Face of the Eiger. His Himalayan adventures began in 1960 with the summit of Annapurna II (7927m) and have included many great faces and summits of the giant peaks! In 2014, to celebrate his 80th birthday, he returned to repeat one of his own famous c1imbs, the Old Man of Hoy, a spectacular sea stack in Orkney!

Chamonix looks forward to hosting Sir Chris Bonington’s visit this April, and Reinhold Messner will also be with us to celebrate the awards.

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