Thither were no losers at this yr’s Piolets d’Or, the awards that fete excellency in alpinism. Literally. All six mounting teams nominative for this class’s trophy won, from a Russian squad that climbed a new road up Pakistan’s Muztagh Tugboat to a British duad that bear a new job on the Northeastern rooftree of Shibah in India. The unprecedented tie is the kickoff of its genial since French mag Montagnes began presenting the Piolets 21 geezerhood ago.
"2012 was an prodigious yr for innovative ascents," the organizers aforesaid in a release. "The panel struggled to slenderize that listing to six, but those that were finally elect are truely undischarged."
Too the six awards, the panel, headed by British mounter Stephen Venables, gave a particular life accomplishment honor to Kurt Diemberger, the solitary sustenance mountaineer to get made the commencement rising of two 8,000-meter peaks.