The 2005 Piolet D´Or has been awarded to Steve House and Vince Anderson for their ascent of the Central Pillar of the Rupal Face of Nanga Parbat in September. For a pretty detailed diary account of what it takes to win the prestigous award for the hardest alpine ascent of the year check out the news report from September 14th. The full list of candidates for the award were:1. NANGA PARBAT, Rupal. 8125m, Pakistan New route up Central Pillar – Steve House and Vince Anderson (USA) Length: 4100m Grade: WI4 M5, 5.9 Alpine Style. Ascent 6 days, descent 2 days via Messner route. House and Anderson did not make use of the in-situ fixed ropes down the Messner route. 2. BROAD PEAK 8047m, Pakistan new route on S Face – Denis Urubko and Serguey Samoilov (Kazakhistan) Length: 2500m Grade: 6b, ice 75° Alpine style. Ascent 6 days, descent 2 days via the normal route. 3. CHOMO LONZO (7500m), Tibet. Patrick Wagnon, Christian Trommsdorf, Yannick Graziani (FRA) Traverse North – Central summit Length: 1500m Grade: ED Two unclimbed summits in alpine style. 4. KHUMBU EXPRESS, Nepal. Ueli Steck (CH). Solo enchainment: n Face of Cholatse (6440m) 1600m route, M6; E Face of Tawoche (6505m) 1500m route; NW Face of Ama Dablam (up to 5900m). 5. CERRO MURALLON, Patagonia N Face for Robert Jasper and Stefan Glowacz (GER). 27 pitches, max 7c+, A2 and M4. 2nd attempt (1st in 2004). Fixed ropes on first 10 pitches. 6. CERRO TORRE, Patagonia New route for Ermanno Salvaterra e Alessandro Beltrami (ITA), Rolando Garibotti (ITA) E, W and N Face. Alpine Style. grade 6b+ and A1. ———————————————————————– If you have any news worth reporting please contact Matt – / 0114 2969114 ———————————————————————–