It has been confirmed that Sir Chris Bonington is set to receive one of the most prestigious awards in the outdoor world. The Piolet d’Or Career is a lifetime achievement award and is only presented to mountaineers whose achievements have inspired successive generations. Previous winners include Doug Scott, Chris’ climbing partner on many expeditions, and other leading names such as Reinhold Messner and Walter Bonatti.
The Piolets d’Or are the most sought after awards in mountaineering and the 23rd event will be held in Courmayeur and Chamonix from 9th-12th April, hosted by French magazine Montagnes and by the Groupe de Haute Montagne (GHM). Another member of the Berghaus team, Mick Fowler, has won two Piolets d’Or with his climbing partner Paul Ramsden, in 2003 and 2013, for major expeditions in the Himalaya.
Sir Chris will be the seventh person to win a Piolet d’Or Career and had this to say when he heard the news: “The Piolet d’Or award means a huge amount to me because not only is it from my peers within the mountaineering world, but also from the GHM which is the original elite group of international mountaineers which I was invited to join a good many years ago. For me, it is the most special form of recognition within the climbing world.”
Congratulations to Sir Chris from everyone at Berghaus for this very well deserved accolade in recognition of a long, glittering (and ongoing!) career of climbing and adventure.
Chris Bonington in Pictures:
Chris on Menlungtse in 1987
Chris with Doug Scott. They shared an epic on the Ogre after a serious fall left them both injured
A tricky ladder crossing on Everest in 1975
Taking a break while climbing the Old Man of Hoy aged 80.
Chris – unknown location – 1988