Earlier this month Sir Chris Bonington receive one of the most prestigious awards in mountaineering: the Piolet d’Or Career. This lifetime achievement award is now in its seventh year, and was created to reward mountaineers whose achievements have inspired successive generations. Previous winners include Reinhold Messner, Walter Bonatti and Doug Scott.
Chris was honoured at the 23rd Piolets d’Or, which took place in Courmayeur and Chamonix in April.
Congratulations to Bob Pettigrew, who was awarded the BMC’s George Band Award 2015 for Exceptional Voluntary Contribution to Mountaineering. The aim of the award is to recognise people who have made a significant voluntary contribution to the BMC’s work over an extended period of time.
2014 British Spiti Expedition
Derek Buckle (leader), Dave Broadhead, Mike Cocker and Geoff Cohen received permission to enter he Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh in September 2014.
1st - 4th May. Derbyshire meet, joint with ABMSAC/AC
9th - 16th May. Glen Brittle - Joint meet with Craven Pothole Club
6th June to the 4th July. AC Open Expedition to Eren Habirga, Tien Shan
26th-28th June 2015. AC New Members Meet - George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, Lakes
AC members who wish to contribute to emergency relief in Nepal may like to donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee: Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
Doug writes: "This couldn't have happened at a worse time since Nepal was just recovering from 10 years of the Maoist insurgency [civil war]. It is going to be a long haul, but as we know, you only climb a mountain after taking the first step and carrying on.”
Read Doug Scott’s CAN Nepal Appeal letter.