Gold Carabiner Trophy is awarded in Rio de Janeiro – 05/25/2023 – É Logo Ali
Inspired by the great international mountaineering prize, the Piolets d’Or (French name for the pickaxe used to climb on ice), the CBME (Brazilian Confederation of Mountaineering and Climbing) has awarded, since 2015, the best in the sport here in Brazil. This year, with a record number of more than 400 athletes nominated, the seven winners received their trophy on Saturday (20), in an event held in Rio de Janeiro, during the Opening of the Mountain Season of the country’s mountaineering pioneer state.
“The purpose of the award is to encourage the ethical style of climbing and conquering mountains”, says Marcio Hoepers, president of CBME. “This goes from the opening of trails and climbing routes, to the actions developed in favor of sports and the mountains”, he adds.
The award, explains Hoepers, has evolved over the years. In this edition, for example, a differentiated category was created for those who climb high mountains and for those who practice below that level. “Before, without this distinction, we always ended up rewarding mountaineers who only climbed outside, whose feats seemed more impactful”, he says.
This year, four of the seven categories awarded women. Thais Cavicchioli Dias, in the High Mountains category, walked more than 200 kilometers in the Khumbu Valley, in Nepal, for 30 days. In a unique expedition (without returning to the city), she overcame blizzards, altitude sickness, glacier navigation and reached the summit of three mountains above 5000 meters, 3 steps above 5000 and 3 base camps in the Himalayas.
In the Climbing category, the winner was Gisely Ferraz, guide from the AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association), who reached the summit of Fitz Roy (3,405 meters high), in Argentina, in 3 days of climbing and 5 days of ascent in all. Upon reaching the summit, she scattered the ashes of her boyfriend, Ken Anderson, who died in a climbing accident.
The Vida na Montanha trophy, which rewards an athlete’s work as a whole, went to Roberta Nunes, in memorian, since she died early, in 2006, in a car accident, leaving behind a resume that still qualifies her today as the likely greatest Brazilian climber.
The Sport Climbing awarded Jordana Agapito da Paz, who was the first and only Brazilian woman to achieve a boulder level V12, of extreme difficulty, in the Serra dos Pireneus State Park, in Goiás. For those who are not familiar with the terms, this is a technique in which the athlete holds himself by the tips of the fingers and toes in “bumps” (the boulders) and small cracks in the rock at levels of inclination that seem impossible. —and not infrequently they are.
And if the women did well at the awards, despite the medium having been a nest of machismo over the years, the men were not far behind. In the Mountaineering category, Marlon Schunck, “ice cream boy and scout”, as he defines himself, took his carabiner for being the first mountaineer to cross in a single attack and alone the entire extension of the Serra Geral mountains through the South Canyons, on the border between the Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. It was a crossing of 541 kilometers, 22 days on the trail and with a total of 17,228 meters of elevation gain, on a self-sufficient journey, guided by a topographic map and compass, in the best root style.
Among the prizes with the highest institutional and motivational value for sport, one went to the Mountaineering and Society category, which celebrated the Montanhistas do Futuro project, designed to give children contact with sport and adventure, developed by Asgem (Associação Serra Climbing and Mountaineering), in partnership with the Reflorar Institute.
Last but not least, the Mountaineering and Local Action trophy went to the MoNa Maria Team, which invested, insisted with all possible authorities and managed to get the Serra da Maria Comprida Natural Monument project off the ground, which it legalized as a conservation an area of almost 8,000 square kilometers, equivalent to 10% of the city of Petrópolis (RJ).
Congratulations to everyone involved!
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