Piolet d’Or award honors various alpinists for their successful ascents and exploratory alpinism on mountain all over the world. Around this time each year, a list is compiled of the previous year’s ascents that demonstrate the ethics of the sport, respect for the natural environment, and support of local cultures. Eventually, this list will be narrowed down to one ascent that will be awarded the Piolet d’Or award.
The Big List of 2014 ascents for the 2015 Piolet d’Or has been published online and we are excited to see the names of some of our fellow athletes who are supported by Grivel, Edelweiss, and Beal:
When Beal athlete, Adam Ondra arrived in Squamish, it wasn't a surprise to see him beeline it to the Cacodemon boulder to try and flash Dreamcatcher (5.14d).
Back in July of 2014, Singing Rock athlete Felipe Camargo made the first ascent of Brazil's first V15 boulder problem, Fortaleza. Fortaleza remained a project for over 12 years until Felipe topped out on it from bottom to top. The boulder sits right next to the ocean in Ubatuba, Brazil which makes for some stunning scenery yet unpredictable conditions.
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In this video, Edelweiss athlete Ines Papert is featured as she climbs the first repeat of a mixed winter climb called Ritter der Kokosnuss. This route is located high up on the Breitwangflue at Kandersteg in Switzerland and is rated M12, WI5. This "trad" route is protected with ice screws, pegs, nuts, and cams only.