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Spirit of Mountaineering commendation

An initiative of the Alpine Club to commend high altitude rescues

The Alpine Club initiative Spirit of Mountaineering recognises alpinists who forsake their objective to help others in danger.

Launched in 2006 at the 150th anniversary of the Alpine Club, the Spirit of Mountaineering was a reaction to a number of incidents in the mountains where alpinists in difficulty were left unhelped by others striving to the top. In particular, the death of the young British alpinist, David Sharp, on Everest in 2005 provoked an outcry amongst mountaineers and the public alike. Some climbers felt this was an incident too far, and one of them, Norman Croucher, decided to spearhead this initiative with the support of the Alpine Club.


 

The commendation was awarded in 2009 to a team of six alpinists who attempted to rescue Inaki Ochoa on Anapurna. These were: Ueli Steck, Simon Anthamatten, Dan Bowie, Horia Colibasanu, Alexey Bolotov and Denis Urubko.

 

Don Bowie, Simon Anthamatten and Horia Colibasanu

 

 

If you hear of or witness rescues that you think should be recognised by this commendation please get in touch with any of the trustees:


Francoise Call – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Frank Cannings – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
John Cleare – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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