Piolet d’or!

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I am very happy to announce you that me and my partners (my brother Olivier, Sean Villanueva, Ben ditto and Reverend Bob Shepton) have just received the piolet d’or for our expedition in Greenland last summer. It is reputed to be the most prestigious mountain award!

We are very surprised to have been first of all nominated and then now received the piolet d’or because it did not even crossed our mind once that our expedition, where we actually didn’t use a piolet could fit to the piolet d’or;) Indeed our expedition was very different than any of the other nominated expeditions… And in that matter it was hard to imagine to be compared with any of them. All of them were extremely impressive so it felt a bit awkward because in my opinion all of them deserved to have it also. Our activity has nothing to do with competition and I think the piolet d’or wants to keep it away from that idea.

From what I understood, here are few points why they picked our expedition:

– They really appreciated the fact that we left the 9 climbs we put up in Greenland very clean. Only one bolt was placed on the whole expedition.
– The area on the northwest coast of Greenland was totally unexplored and very remote.
– The spirit of our team
– But personally I think it’s mostly the music that seduced them;)

Also from what I understood, choosing our expedition was a way to open the mind of people by proving that alpinism is a very wide discipline and most of all just a spirit of approaching all types of mountain challenges.

The other piolet d’or was given to Katsutaka Yokoyama and Yasushi Okada for I-TO (ED+: WI5 M6, 2500m) on Mt. Logan’s southeast face.

Have a nice day,


More info about this expedition

Video episodes of this expedition & the film Vertical Sailing Greenland

Here is more info about the piolet d’or : http://www.pioletsdor.com


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