Prize board

1972
The alpine rescue chief of Pinzolo, Massimo Matteotti, has given to all the fourteen members of the first station a diploma and a medal, thanking... Leggi tutto...
1973
The second edition of the International alpine solidarity prize has awarded exactly Massimo Matteotti, who since at that moment had led the... Leggi tutto...
1974
Mario Kirchner has received the International alpine solidarity prize not only for the abilities he was able to show in a lot of occasions and for... Leggi tutto...
1975
To the doc. Pio Bruti, Pinzolo’s alpine rescue medico, wonderful example of human solidarity is confered the Silver Plaque of the Pinzolo’s... Leggi tutto...
1976
Mario Smadelli, ex Sat President and provincial manager of the National Alpine Rescue Body, receives the Silver Plaque for his big love showing in... Leggi tutto...
1977
Angiolino Binelli and the organizer committee have remembered and thanked the control of IV Army corps of Bolzano, helicopters section, its commander... Leggi tutto...
1978
In 1978 and 1979 are awarded two men who have demostrated many times their engagement in the rescue operations. Claudio Maffei and Flavio Caola are... Leggi tutto...
1979
In 1978 and 1979 are awarded two men who have demostrated many times their engagement in the rescue operations. Claudio Maffei and Flavio Caola are... Leggi tutto...
1980
The Silver Plaque awards this year a group of men working to help who is in difficulty, not only on mountain. They are the men of the Pinzolo’s... Leggi tutto...
1981
In 1981 the International alpine solidarity prize has recognized the merits of a men’s group, the alpine rescue’s ones of the Customs officer of... Leggi tutto...
1982
“To Bruno Detassis – a life for mountain”. This was the written on the plaque given to the popular alpine guide of Brenta. A sentence... Leggi tutto...
1983
Giovanni Moiola and Giuseppe Simonetti have taken the Silver plaque, which has awarded the helicopters team’s pilots of Mattarello in sign of real... Leggi tutto...
1984
Edoardo Zagonel, alpine guide and ski instructor, for 25 years S. Martino alpine rescue’s chief, has dedicated his life with passion, expertise,... Leggi tutto...
1985
“For the merits of this man because Stava doesn’t be a weak memory in the time.” The International alpine solidarity prize was given with this... Leggi tutto...
1986
“A life for the alpine rescue” is the official motivation which tells the organizer committee’s decision to award this year Franz Runggaldier,... Leggi tutto...
1987
A life dedicated to the mountain the Rudl Steinlecher’s one, 76 years of which 60 spent up and down in the Alpes. In 1987 the prizes has crossed... Leggi tutto...
1988
In this edition the Silver plaque awards a man, who has put himself on the line for the others, dedicating himself to the next also during the most... Leggi tutto...
1989
This year the organizer committee has decided to award Bruno Jelk for his high moral height, recognized in all alpine enviroment, for his big... Leggi tutto...
1990
A recognition for his 44 years of activities as doctor for who, facing mountains, obtained help and comfort from him. The Silver plaque’s award to... Leggi tutto...
1991
For its first time the International alpine solidarity prize is given to the memory. To take the Silver plaque, in which takes shape this recognition... Leggi tutto...
1992
“A plaque for those who still believes in the man and in his better part, in spite of all the modern age’s contradictions and selfishness. To a... Leggi tutto...
1993
The International alpine solidarity prize goes to Sigfried Stangier, alpine rescue helicopter pilot. A man who did of his job a real mission, showing... Leggi tutto...
1994
A life for the alpine rescue, which he has spent not only labours and effort in, but also smart and imagination. His engaged is also witnessed from... Leggi tutto...
1995
After the nomination of the Mountain rescue committee of the Guardia Civil’s Spanish mountain sport and climb federation is prized Miguel Dominguez... Leggi tutto...
1996
Daryl Miller has made his job a real mission. His big experience and his professional competence consent him to finish many rescue operations in... Leggi tutto...
1997
Constantly engaged in the standard improvement, Clair Israelson contributes to make safer the mountain recreational activities in Canada. Member of... Leggi tutto...
1998
The Silver Plaque recognizes the value of the ones who have worked free for the people in mountain, showing to believe firmly and sincerely in the... Leggi tutto...
1999
Raffael Kostner is one of the most known and highly regarded experts of alpine rescue at a international level of Alto Adige.  For the solidarity... Leggi tutto...
2000
During an expedition on the Denali on 1979, climbing at –34 degrees, his hands and feet got frozen, and still he helped a woman of the group to... Leggi tutto...
2001
This year the International alpine solidarity prize wants to recognize the value and the love for the mountain of a whole nation, the Tibetan one.... Leggi tutto...
2002
In occasion of the Mountain international year and of the 50th anniversary of the Trentino alpine rescue, founded in 1952 by Scipio Stenico, the... Leggi tutto...
2003
The organizer committee of the Pinzolo’s International alpine solidarity prize this year has chosen Graziano Romanin, "humble and unselfish... Leggi tutto...
2009 - Roman Kubin
He received the honour in the council chamber of the Municipality of Pinzolo on Saturday, September 19th at noon with the following reason: "to Roman... Leggi tutto...
Nomination for the Gold Medal Award of the Targa d’Argento PDF Stampa E-mail

medaglia d’oro all'irlandese Ger McDonnellIl Soccorso Alpino d’Irlanda sarebbe lieto di nominare l’alpinista irlandese Ger

Mountain Rescue Ireland would like to nominate the late Irish Mountaineer, Ger McDonnell, for the prestigious Gold Medal Award of the Targa D’Argento.
Name:   Gerard ‘Ger’ McDonnell
Date of Birth:  20th January, 1971
Passed away:  2nd August, 2008 (K2)
Family Address: c/o Margaret McDonnell (mother), Killeen, Kilcornan, Co. Limerick, IRELAND 

Although Ger was not a member of one of our teams, we believe that due to the reported accounts of Ger’s concern for his fellow climbers on numerous occasions that he demonstrated the highest qualities that embodies the type of person who is a “Mountain Rescuer”:

1999: Southern Celtic Expedition – Denali (20,320FT), Alaska – Summitted on 2nd Attempt (13-JUN-1999). On the descent, Mike Mays and Ger came across two parties in serious trouble. The first party were 2 Korean women with the older suffering from exhaustion and the second party of 3 South Africans with one of them suffering from snow blindness. Conditions deteriorated rapidly into ‘whiteout’ conditions. Ger broke trail and led them safely to the high camp at 17,000 ft. Mike and Ger were awarded the 1999 Denali Pro Pin and nominated for the 1999 Denali Pro Mountaineer of the Year. [1, 2]
2003: Irish Everest 2003 (29,021FT), Nepal – Successful summit on 2nd attempt from Camp 3 (22-MAY-2003, 11:11AM). Bad weather hampered first attempt. Spent 3 nights above 8000m. Rescued Team Leader Pat Falvey down from South Summit suffering from cerebral edema. [1]
2005: Denali (20,320FT), Alaska – Ger, along with others, helped the Denali rescue team with a climber suffering from high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) about 16,000 ft. They brought him down to the lower camp at 14,200 ft. This rescue took place in early June 2005 but was never recorded in the Annual Mountaineering Summary released by Denali National Park and Preserve. [3]
2006: Broadpeak (26,394FT) – “…Ger went round all the tents begging climbers to climb with him and help rescue a pair of stranded climbers who had been advised not to go up further, but who nevertheless were now helpless and in need of serious assistance. Mark Sheen, who was on that expedition, testified that not one person would go up with Ger as they were too tired, an experience which tore at the fundamental principles which Ger held dearly.”  [1]
2008: Joined the Dutch Norit Team to attempt K2 (28, 244FT) with friend Wilco Van Roojien as Team Leader. [1,4]
On the Sunday before they would make the summit, Ger approached the different climbing teams to seek co-operation for a mutual summit bid. He was looking to ensure that they would work together to facilitate a successful summit bid for all concerned. He was acting as the ‘Peace Broker’ so that nothing would ruin what they had all worked and strived so valiantly to achieve.
On 31-JUL-08, at Camp 3, a guy was calling out furiously, having lost his tent in a sudden horrific storm. He was seeking refuge and shelter, and as no one else would give him any, Pemba, a Sherpa with the Dutch Norit Team and Ger obliged the young Serbian climber.
Finally on 01-AUG-08 at 19:00, Ger became the FIRST IRISHMAN to summit K2.
At approximately 05:00 on 02-AUG-08, having bivuoaced for the night, Ger began a search for the anchor for the descent rope. The rope had been dislodged or broken, resulting in two members of a Korean team and their Sherpa tragically being trapped, suspended upside down on ropes below the over-night camp. With climbing partner, Italian Marco Confortola, they spent 3.5 hours trying to assist the Korean climbers while in the death zone and eventually Marco was forced to descend as he felt that he could do no more as the climbers were like ‘puppets on a string’.
Marco confirms that he witnessed Ger climbing back up but did not at the time understand Ger’s reasoning…that reasoning soon became evident. Ger went back up to release the tension on the ropes and eventually, some 3 to 4 hours later, the only remaining climber, Ger, remarkably managed to free the three members of the Korean team.
The three members of the Korean team were met by two Sherpas sent up by their own team to help with their descent. A serac gave way above where they had been suspended and tragically swept Ger McDonnell away. Although freed by Ger, a second subsequent avalanche hit and claimed the three freed Korean members and their two Sherpa guides.”
When members of Ger’s family travelled to Pakistan after the tragedy, they were met by the head of the mountain rescue team in Islamabad, Brigadier Khan, who talked to them about Ger’s respect for the Pakistani and Nepalese Porters and Cooks:
Ger recognised that one porter was inexperienced on the mountain and Ger had shown him how to use the ropes which would assist him. The porter was amazed that a mountaineer would take the time and effort to demonstrate these skills to him.
One of the cooks in the Norit’s team’s base camp became extremely ill. Ger made numerous phone calls on his way to camp 3 to enquire about the cook. Ger was concerned at the fact that he had to walk out and was not going to be airlifted. Ger gave him one of his insulated sleeping bags for his trip out, to ensure that he would at least be warm at night on the trek out.”

These incidents account that Ger, not once, but on numerous occasions put aside his own personal comfort, goals and fulfilment to ensure the safety of others. He was not only concerned about his fellow mountaineers but the locals that the mountaineers depended upon. In the accounts on the k2climb website [4], Ger is described by fellow climbers as “Jesus”. In fact, the k2climb website gave Ger their “Best of ExplorersWeb 2008 Award”.

It is for these repeated demonstrations of solidarity in the mountains to all he came in contact with, that Mountain Rescue Ireland would like to nominate, Ger McDonnell, for the Gold Medal Award of the Targa d’Argento after making the ultimate sacrifice for his fellow man.

‘Sin é anois a chaired. Ta an t-am eg teacht…’
‘Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends’