The British mountaineer, born in 1934, will join a distinguished list that indludes Walter Bonatti, Reinhold Messner, Doug Scott,Robert Paragot, Kurt Diemberger and John Roskelley. The award will be made during the annual Piolet d'Or ceremonies, set to take place from 9 - 12 April 2015 at Courmayeur and Chamonix.
Sir Chris Bonington walking in his beloved Lake District (photo courtesy of Berghaus)
Bonington made a string of important ascents ffirst in the Alps and then the Greater Ranges where he made first ascents of new routes up Annapurna II, Nuptse, Brammah I Changabang, Kongur Tagh. In 1985 Bonington reached the summit of Everest. He also organized and took part in expeditions on different faces of Annapurna, Everest and K2 while writing 15 books, e is widely recognised as being the UK's first full time professional mountaineer and was knighted in 1996 for his services to climbing and mountaineering.
Even in his 80's Bonington continues to climb, with a recent repeat of The Old Man of Hoy, with Leo Houlding, in 2014 and he continues to support numerous local charities and causes while maintaining an annual season of lectures and fitting in TV appearances regularly.
11 time Everest summiter Kenton Cool said the award is "Just reward for a lifetime of adventure in the mountains, a true figurehead of our sport"