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1865 – 2015 : 150 years

Chamonix celebrates the Golden Age of Alpinism.
In 1865, from the Mont Blanc Massif to the Dolomites, 142 alpinists – 80 mountaineers and 62 guides – made over 65 noteworthy first ascents. 

The eight alpinists presented in the square in front of the Maison de la Montagne, partook in a number of outstanding climbs in 1865.

Who are they ?


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Les Piolets d’Or : Les nominés

Après 2012 et 2013, deux années exceptionnelles en réalisations marquantes, l’année 2014 marque une pause, probablement en raison du contexte géopolitique.
Malgré ce contexte difficile, les belles réalisations sont nombreuses et l’esprit de l’alpinisme engagé d’exploration reste intact. Découvrez la Liste des réalisations 2014

Cette année le comité technique international a sélectionné, en toute liberté et toute indépendance, parmi les réalisations de 2014 répondant à la Charte des Piolets d’or, celles qui seront honorées en avril 2015 à Chamonix et Courmayeur. En savoir plus

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.

Read more: Piolet d’or – Chris Bonington