16th Piolet d’Or goes to Slovenian Team
The first ascent of Chomolhari (7350m), an impressing, pyramid mountain on the Tibet Bhutan border by Slovenians Marko Prezelj, Boris Lorenèiè was announced the best alpine climb of the year 2006 winning the 16th Piolet d’Or. The two men climbed the mountain in a six-day round trip, via a new route on the spectacular Northwest Ridge facing very difficult weather conditions with strong wind and snowfall on the way.
The winner was chosen from five nominated climbs by an international jury including:
Yuri Koshelenko (Russia), Piolet d'or 2003, President
Michel Piola (Switzerland), Piolet d'or 1992
Steve House and Vince Anderson (USA), Piolet d'or 2005
Im Duck Young (Korea), mountaineer and journalist, founder of the Asian Piolet d'or
Christian Trommsdorff (France), mountaineer and guide
Vinicio Stefanello (Italy), mountaineer and journalist, Planetmountain.com
The Montagnes Magazine editorial team (France)
The 16th Piolet d'or award ceremony took place on January 26th in the main hall of Grenoble's Alpes Congres (France).
Read the report from Chomolhari 2006 Expedition