France’s Max Bonniot and Pierre Labbre have perished on Aiguille du Plan in the Mont Blanc massif. The two were considered among the most talented mountaineers of their generation.
58 ascents carried out in 2018 have been included in the Big list, from which winners will be selected for the Piolets d’Or , the prestigious mountaineering award that will be celebrated from 19 - 22 September 2019 during the Ladek Mountain Festival in Poland. The jury is comprised of: Sandy Allan, Kazu Amano, Valeri Babanov, Jordi Corominas, Fred Degoulet, Ines Papert, Andrej Štremfelj.
How to manage risk in the mountains, analysed in this fun video by French alpinists Léo Billon, Max Bonniot and Pierre Labbre belonging to the Chamonix High Mountain Military Group (GMHM) after their climbing expedition to Patagonia where they ascended Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy.
On 6 August 2018 French mountaineer Mathieu Maynadier was hit by rockfall while on an climbing expedition in the Tagas Valley in Pakistan’s Karakorum with Nicolas Favresse, Carlos Molina and Jean-Louis Wertz. Maynadier was taken to Skardu military hospital by helicopter where his condition is far better than initially feared. He will be repatriated to France this week.
Fosslimonster at Gudvangen, reputed to be one of the longest and most beautiful ice climbs not just in Norway, has been repeated by a flurry of French alpinists including Pierre Labbre, Max Bonniot and Léo Billon. The video of what are quite possibly the first repeats since the route was established in 2009 by Robert Jasper and Roger Schäli.
Good conditions in the Mont Blanc massif have enabled the French Groupe Militaire de haute montagne climbers to make three interesting repeats on Rhem-Vimal up Les Droites, Rolling Stones on Grandes Jorasses and Voie des guides on Petit Dru.
Piolets d'Or 2016: Wojciech Kurtyka to receive Piolet d'Or Carrière and the 'big list' of elite alpinism
52 climbs carried out in 2015 have been included in the "Big list" of the Piolets d'Or, the prestigious mountaineering award that will be celebrated between 14 - 17 April 2016 at La Grave - La Meije in France. During the 24th edition, Polish mountaineer Wojciech Kurtyka will receive the Piolet d'Or Carrière - Lifetime Achievement Award.
On 17 October Mathieu Détrie and Julien Dusserre climbed a new route up Dazampa Tse (Dzasampatse) in the Nangpai-Gosum, Himalaya, Nepal. The next day their expedition companions Pierre Labbre and Mathieu Maynadier repeated the route.
Quick update from Patagonia with two ascents carried out by Corrado Korra Pesce, Pierre Labbre and Damien Tomasi on Aguja Poincenot and Fitz Roy.
The complete list of all 2013 ascents taken into consideration by the Piolets d'Or, from which the choice of nominees for the Piolets d'Or 2014 will be made.
On 23 October the French alpinists Mathieu Détrie, Mathieu Maynadier, Pierre Labbre and Jérôme Para made the first ascent of the virgin south Face of Gauri Shankar (7134m) in the Rolwaling Himal, located on the border between Nepal and Tibet.
Part one of what happend, in alpinism and in climbing, in 2012. A summary, for obvious reason incomplete, of the climbs, the most beautiful achievements and also the most painful moments in 2012. In the hope that this résumé serves as a reminder and as a source on inspiration for the coming future.
Video of Théorême de la Peine established on Latok 2 last June in alpine style by Antoine Bletton, Pierre Labbre, Mathieu Maynadier and Sebastien Ratel.
From 3 to 6 June 2012 the French alpinists Antoine Bletton, Pierre Labbre, Mathieu Maynadier and Sebastien Ratel made the first ascent of Théorême de la Peine (2000m, M5, ED-) up Latok II (7020m), Karakorum, Pakistan.