18th Piolets d'or nominees announced

5 great ascents

25 February 2010   The final 5 nominees for 18th Piolets d’or (Golden Ice Axe) awards -  that will be presented in Chamonix/Courmayeur 7\10 April 2010 -  are:   1) Cho Oyu, 8201 m Nepal by Denis Urubko and  Boris Dedechko   see more here and here and here   Route name: Dedechko-Urubko Heght : 2600 m Difficulties declared : M6, 6b, A2/A3 2009 May  from 11 to 15 2) Chang Himal, 6750 m – Nepal by Nick Bullock and Andy Houseman . see more here Name of the route  Bullock-Houseman Height : 1800 m Difficulties declared : M6 2009 October 29 to November 2nd   3) Gongga nord-ovest Peak  6134m -  China by Mikhail Mikhailov and  Alexander Ruchkin see more here  and here Name of the route: Carte Blanche Height: 1100m. Difficulties proposed : 6c, mixed and ice 75° 2009, April   4) Xuelian Feng, 6422 m Cina by Jed Brown, Kyle Dempster and  Bruce Normand  Name of the route : The Great White Jade Heist  Height : 2650 m. Difficulties declared :WI 5, rock 5, mixed M6. 2009 August 26\29 see more here   5) Pic Pobeda, 7439m  Kirghizistan  by Vitaly Gorelik and Gleb Sokolov   see more here Name of the route : Sokolov/Gorelik Height : 2400 m. Difficulty proposed : ED 2009 August 20\29   source:Piolet d'or site
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