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Presentations, debates and meetings open to the public


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Wednesday 22nd April Chamonix

9pm Le Majestic – Meeting/debates                       

Modern Himalayanism: perspectives and deviations

                         Presentation: François CARREL- journalist
                         Introduction: Patrick WAGNON - climber
                         Participation: the jury - the nominees

Thursday 23rd April Courmayeur

5pm Maison des guides                                               

  • Presentation of the French version (Guérin publishing) of the book “Le Duc des Abruzzes,  gentleman explorer” by Mirella TENDIRINI and Michael SHANDRICK.

9pm Jardin de l’Ange                      

  • Reading “Le Duc des Abruzzes, gentleman explorer” by Mirella TENDERINI

Thursday 23rd April Chamonix

6pm Le Majestic - meeting/autographs                      

  • Meet the jury and nominees at a Japanese buffet

9pm Le Majestic – meeting/debate               

  • From Alpinism to Himalayanism: 4 experiences, 4 approaches                    

Presentation: Claude GARDIEN - journalist
Introduction: Christian TROMMSDORFF – climber
with Doug SCOTT, Peter HABELER, Jim DONINI, Dodo KOPOLD (members of the Piolets d’Or jury)

Friday 24th April Courmayeur

9pm Cinema Teatro   

  • Evening reception Lifetime Achievement Piolet d’Or:

Presentation of the jury and of those nominated for their performances

Awarding of the Lifetime Achievement Piolet d’Or. Saturday 25th April Chamonix

5pm Le Majestic

  • Presentation by Guérin publishing of “Eiger obsession” by John HARLIN III and “Le Duc des Abruzzes gentleman explorateur”   

Mini mountain-book fair

Saturday 25th April

9pm Le Majestic 

Evening reception for the nominations for the Piolet or Piolets d’Or “Ascents of the year”
                    - Presentation of the jury
                    - Presentation of the Career Piolet d’Or
                    - Presentation of the six ascents “performances of the year”
                    - Speech by Doug SCOTT, President du jury
                    - Homage to the "Spirit of Mountaineering" by The Alpine Club - click on Ueli Steck
                    - Awarding of the trophies.


Piolet d'or édition 2012


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