Nine New Mountain Fellowships Awarded
The AAC has announced its spring round of Mountain Fellowships for young climbers: nine grants totaling $5,300, for expeditions from Canada to Patagonia.
• Jacob Anderson (24) and Bruce Mullen (24), $500 each to attempt a traverse of the Torres del Paine.
• Josh Garrison (25), $700 from the REI Challenge Fund for exploratory climbing in the Pirate Valley of Argentina.
• Blake Herrington (24), $500 to attempt a new route on Cerro Pollone, Argentina.
• Hayden Kennedy (20), $500 from the Rick Mosher Fund for a free climb of the west face of North Howser Tower in Canada.
• Ashley Nord (25), $700 from the REI Challenge Fund to attempt the first ascent of Uzatagh in the Kunlun Mountains of China.
• Michael Royer (25), $700 from the REI Challenge Fund for exploratory climbing in the Djangart region of the Tien Shan in Kyrgyzstan.
• Sam Schabacker (24), $500 to attempt Fitz Roy’s North Pillar.
• Graham Zimmerman (24), $700 from the J. R. Hudson Fund for a new route on the north face of Chamlang in Nepal.
The Mountain Fellowship Committee of Yvon Chouinard, Eiichi Fukushima (Chair), James Funsten, Kestrel Hanson, Joe LaBelle, Pete Metcalf, Travis Spitzer, and Geoff Tabin selected these recipients from a pool of 15 applicants.
Since 1967, the AAC’s Mountain Fellowships have helped young Americans take the next step in their climbing. Mountain Fellowships are awarded twice each year to climbers 25 and younger. Learn more or download an application at the AAC website.