Piolets d'Or 2019 has chosen to honour three innovative ascents: a famous face on an iconic mountain of the central Karakoram; a previously untouched face on a little-known peak of the western Karakoram; an ascent of one of the highest remaining unclimbed summits in Nepal. Perhaps unusually, two of these were bold solo climbs. All three summits were close to or a little above 7,000m - the three
Latok1 ...Tom Livingstone, Aleš Česen Luka Stražar
Lunag ...David Lama Solo
Lupghar Sat ... Hansjörg Auer Solo
The Piolets d'Or celebrates and awards ascents rather than specifically the climbers that made them, though naturally it is those climbers who are presented with awards. Tragically, both authors of the solo ascents - Hansjörg Auer and David Lama - are no longer with us. However, at the Ladek Mountain Festival,
where the awards will be presented this September, it will be family who accept the accolades on their behalf.