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The Alpine Club, the world’s first mountaineering club, was founded in 1857.  For over 150 years, members have been at the leading edge of worldwide mountaineering development and exploration. 

With membership, experienced and aspiring alpinists benefit from a varied meets programme, regional lectures with notable guest speakers, reduced rates at many alpine huts, opportunity to apply for grants to support expeditions, significant discounts at many UK retailers, extensive networking contacts, access to the AC Library and maps - and more! 

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In-spite of being moved to la Grave for the first time the event was well attended. 

Caption: Mick Fowler, John Porter, Catherine Destivelle, Jean Troillet*, Voytek Kurtyka, Sandy Allan, Paul Ramsden and prize making sculptor Andy Parkin.
*not (yet) a member of the club.

The 2016 Piolets d’Or awards, the annual celebration of the spirit of mountaineering, were fabulously hosted by La Grave, at the foot of the Meije. Amongst the some 400 attendees, the Alpine Club had a strong presence -  lots of club members in attendance, and AC faces on the stage. AC member Voytek (Wojciech) Kurtyka receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award; sculptor and AC member Andy Parkin made the awards (the hope of winning his statuette awards are the reason some people put films into the competition at Kendal Festival).

Some of the routes honoured at the festival were climbed by AC members Marko Prezelj, Paul Ramsden and Mick Fowler; the International Technical Jury included two AC members in Silvo Karo and Victor Saunders.

There were 13 AC members directly involved with the event in various different aspects. A good time was had by all and we look forward to the 2017 celebration!

For more details, check out the Piolets d’Or on Facebook or their website: http://www.pioletsdor.net/index.php/en/