Grant News: New Mountain Fellowships, Zack Martin Report
The AAC has awarded five new Mountain Fellowship grants to young climbers, to help pay for expeditions to Alaska and South America. They are:
• Bryan Friedrichs (24), $700, to attempt a new route on the Tusk in Alaska.
• Roberto Gonzales-Pita (21) and Greg Mionske (21), $800 each from the Boyd Everett Fund, for an exploratory climbing trip to Cordón Granito, south of Santiago, Chile. (The same two climbers recently did a long new mixed route near Mt. Evans in Colorado.)
• Blake Herrington (23), $900 REI Challenge Grant, to attempt a new route on Ambition Mountain in the Coast Mountains, southeast of Juneau, Alaska.
• Ryan Huetter (25), $400, for an exploratory trip to Cajón de Arenales, Argentina.
Since 1966, AAC Mountain Fellowships have been granted to climbers 25 and younger; the five climbers winning grants this time averaged 23 years old. These climbers were chosen from a pool of nine applicants by the committee of Yvon Chouinard, Eiichi Fukushima (Chair), James Funsten, Kestrel Hanson, Joe LaBelle, Pete Metcalf, Travis Spitzer, and Geoff Tabin. Click here to learn more about AAC Mountain Fellowships or download an application.
Meanwhile, Clint Estes, the 2009 winner of the Zack Martin Breaking Barriers Grant, has recently returned from a successful trip to Pakistan with climbing partner Matt Hepp. Before climbing, the two men taught villagers in the Balti towns of Hushe and Kande how to build simple, sturdy, heatable shelters out of inexpensive local materials, to be used in the event of earthquakes or other disasters. Estes and Hepp then traveled to the Nangma Valley, where they put up one new route on a 15,750-foot tower and attempted two others. You can read Estes’ entertaining trip report here.
The Zack Martin Breaking Barrier Grant, cosponsored by Black Diamond and chaired by John Parsons, is awarded once each year to a climber or expedition combining a humanitarian purpose with a climbing expedition. Find out more and download an application at the AAC website.
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