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The stylish climbing award "Piolet d'Or" is held each year in Asia as well as Europe.

Not all is gold that glitters? Kairn's interview with Montagne about the future of Piolet d'Or

Posted: Oct 30, 2007 03:44 pm EDT

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(MountEverest.net) "Climbing competition debates took place already before WWII," Artur Hajzer told ExplorersWeb. "Later, when Messner refused to collect his Olympic medal, it all started over again."Judging climbs should be easy. Climbers do it all the time, when evaluating their next projects. There are very simple facts to ponder: The altitude, the steepness, the weather, the topo, previous attempts and so on. Climbing is not rocket science and neither are climbing awards; that is until they become manipulative and...

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