The 2012 Piolets d'Or candidates were announced for the most progressive, difficult, committing climbs of 2011 done in good, clean style. A list and explanation of the climbs can be found on the Alpinist Newswire website, at this link:
Among the candidates is the late Bjorn-Eivind Aartun who was killed last week in a climbing accident in Norway.
The climbs include Pik Pobeda (7439m), Kyrgyzstan, Saser Kangri II (7518m), India, K7 West (6615m), Pakistan, Xuelian North-East (6249m), China, Meru Central (6310m), India, and Torre Egger (2850m), Argentina.
These six candidates were selected from a list of 86 climbs, which can be found at this site: