Beyond their climbing skills, the the recipients of the prize attract the attention as their expedition used a sailing boat as a base camp in Greenland.
In addition, the climbers carry musical instruments in their backpacks. According to them, music is very helpful to cope with such psychological challenges in climbing as forced bivacs on a mountain wall due to bad weather conditions.
Will the 2012 edition of the Piolets d'or perhaps focus its attention on horizonal climbing!?