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Three Win Nikwax Alpine Bellwether Grants

Posted on: May 12th, 2010 by admin

Northern At-Bashy range in Kyrgyzstan, center of Ann Piersall's research expedition this summer. Courtesy of

Nikwax and the AAC have announced the 2010 recipients of the Nikwax Alpine Bellwether Grant, along with an increase in funding for the grant program. The Nikwax Alpine Bellwether Grants, launched in 2009, support the study of climate change in alpine environments by active climber-scientists. In 2010, the grant pool has been increased by 33 percent to a total of $4,000.

This year’s recipients are:

Kevin McManigal ($2,000). Kevin will lead an expedition retracing a 1910 route of the Royal Geographic Society to the Turgun Mountains of Mongolia. He and his team will reconstruct a century of glacial change through a photographic comparison of 1910 images to the modern-day landscape.

Ann Piersall ($1,000). Ann is a second-time recipient of the Nikwax grant. With the 2010 award, she continues her work in field-based assessment of glaciation and indigenous perspectives on climate change in the At-Bashy Range of the Tien Shan, in Kyrgyzstan. Keep up with Ann at her expedition blog.

Ashley Nord ($1,000). Ashley will lead a team attempting the first ascent of Mt. Uzatagh (6,280m) in the Kunlun Mountain Range in western China. The team will trek through a little-explored region and return with recommendations for responsibly integrating tourists and alpinists in the area.

“The Nikwax Alpine Bellwether Grant exists to support study of climate change in the alpine environment,” said Chas Fisher, president of Nikwax N.A. and global brand director for Nikwax LTD. “While I fully expected to see potential for scientific contribution from the grants, I did not anticipate how inspiring this year’s grantees would be.”

Visit the AAC website to learn more about the Nikwax Alpine Bellwether Grants or to download an application.