Berghaus athlete Mick Fowler, along with climbing partner Paul Ramsden, has been shortlisted for the 2013 Piolet d’Or Award. Fowler and Ramsden have been nominated for their success in achieving the first ascent of the Prow of Shiva (6,142m) in the Pangi District of the Indian Himalaya. They completed the climb over seven days in October 2012 and then descended the unclimbed south east flank in a further two days.
Now in their 21st year, Les Piolets d’Or are widely recognised as the most prestigious accolades in the world of mountaineering. The awards celebrate passion, spirit and values, with style taking precedence over the conquest of an objective. The annual Piolet d’Or has been presented to a fully British team only once before, in 2003, when Fowler and Ramsden won for their expedition in 2002 which opened up the north face of Siguniang (6250m) in China.
The Piolets d’Or jury described the latest Fowler and Ramsden expedition in the following words:
“Elegance summarizes the traverse of this mountain east of Kishtwar, effected via the arrow-like northeast ridge, dubbed the Prow of Shiva, followed by a descent of the south ridge. It was the fifth known ascent of the mountain. Mick Fowler and Paul Ramsden (UK), 2003 recipients of a Piolet d’Or, completed a traverse in a nine-day round trip from base camp, finding sustained climbing on the Prow, which ranged from numerous pitches up icy cracks in Chamonix-style granite to long, protectionless leads on thinly-iced slabs reminiscent of winter climbing on Ben Nevis.”
Mick Fowler comments:
“It’s very flattering to be nominated. I still lie in bed curling my toes with pleasure at the memories of the positions and the climbing. It was just one of those stand out objectives.”
In total, there are six nominees for the 2013 Piolet d’Or, which will be awarded during an international gathering from 3 to 6 April 2013 in Courmayeur and Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc.