Congratulations to Sir Chris Bonington, CAN’s Patron, who joined the the elite group of mountaineers to have been awarded a Career Piolet d’Or. Sir Chris was presented the award on Friday 10th April at the 23rd Piolet d’Or Awards in Chamonix.
The “Piolet d’Or Career” was created to reward a mountaineering career that has inspired generations through its spirit, and is in harmony with the criteria established by the Charter. In 2009, the first career Piolet d’Or was awarded to Walter Bonatti. He was followed by Reinhold Messner (2010), Doug Scott (2011), Robert Paragot (2012), Kurt Diemberger (2013) and John Roskelley (2014).
The Piolet d’Or awards are the most prestigious in mountaineering, very much like the Oscars in the film industry.
Doug Scott, who was a special guest at the awards and introduced Sir Chris, said ” I am delighted that my great friend and CAN’s Patron, has been recognised for his incredible contribution to mountaineering over the past sixty years. It is hugely deserved.”
If you’d like to read Doug’s full appreciation of Sir Chris given at the Piolet d’Or please click here.
Please click here to read more at the Piolet D’Or website.