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2012 Live Your Dream Grant Winners

Posted on: May 29th, 2012 by Sierra Nevada Section

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Southwest Live Your Dream Grant winners! 

The Live Your Dream Grant is a community developed and locally administered grant with the purpose of funding individuals and small teams in pursuit of their personal climbing dreams.  The emphasis of the grant is to support projects that have significant positive impact on grantees’ progressions as climbers.  We seek to fund climbers from a range of ages and experience levels as well as a range of climbing disciplines.


Lauren Montemayor: $450

Lauren Montemayor and teammates Joel Scheingross, Pratyush Tiwary, and BG Chirranjeevi share the same dream of standing atop the great peaks of the world–from Denali in the Alaskan Range to the peaks of the Himalaya.  While these summits are currently beyond their reach, they strive to develop the necessary skills in order to travel safely across technical snow, rock, ice, and mixed terrain.  To this end, the team will be traveling to the Cascades to climb Mt. Rainer via Disappointment Cleaver, the Ptarmigan Traverse, and the South Face of the Tooth.  Together they will cut their teeth, hone their skills, and develop confidence to take on future and larger projects in the greater ranges.


Ryan Huetter: $400

From big wall ascents in Yosemite Valley to alpine climbing in the Torres del Paine and Fitz Roy Massifs of Southern Patagonia, Ryan Huetter is already a well accomplished climber and mountaineer.  With long-term goals set in the larger ranges of Alaska, the Cordillera Blanca, and the mountains of Central Asia, his main objective is to develop the remaining skills necessary to become a well-rounded mountaineer–particularly in mastering long, steep, vertical ice.   With sustained waterfall ice routes unheard of in California, Ryan will travel to one of North America’s premier ice climbing destinations, Banff and the Icefields of Parkway, where he will learn and build upon new skills, applying himself to harder and harder routes as he progresses.


Maura LaRiviere: $250

Maura LaRiviere and partner Stephanie Jim dream of traveling to the Utah desert to the towering sandstone walls of Zion National Park to practice and refine their aid climbing skills.  Over a seven day period they will attempt Prodigal Sun (5.8/C2), Spaceshot (5.7/C2), Moonlight Buttress (5.8/C1), and Majesticus (5.8/A2+).  For Maura, this will be an opportunity to re-attempt her first big aid climb and see it to completion–Prodigal Sun spit her off after an unsuccessful 8 hour push.  For Maura’s partner Stephanie, this will be her first aid climbing experience.


Hari Mix: $450

In July 2012 Hari Mix will be fulfilling his dream of climbing all three 7000m peaks of the Pamir Mountains in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.  With further aspirations of 8000m peaks, Hari will test his skills making fast and light, alpine-style ascents in a 21 day summit push.  Not only will this expedition be an excellent stepping stone for him as an alpinist, it is also a key part of his academic progression.  In pursuit of his PhD at Standford University, Hari will be collecting research on the climatic history of Central Asia and using his data to predict the effects of climate change on the region.  In conjunction with Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC), he will contribute to two studies in order to assess the role of weathering by microbial life in high alpine landscapes.


Vitaliy Musiyenko: $450

Vitaliy Musiyenko and partner Bryan Bell will pursue their dreams of alpine rock climbing by traveling to the Bugaboos in the Canadian Rockies to attempt the Northeast Buttress (V 5.9 A2) of Mt. Slesse and the Becky-Chouinard (V 5.10) on South Howser Tower.  Relatively new to climbing and mountaineering, Vitaliy has already amassed an impressive climbing resume with summits of Mt. Denali, the Liberty Ridge of Mt. Rainier, and an attempt of the Palisades Traverse in the Eastern Sierra.  The category of climbing in which Vitaliy is lacking and looking to improve is ascents of alpine rock.  Through an ambitious tick-list, Vitaliy and Bryan look to take their skills to the next level and gain the confidence to enter the mixed terrain of the larger ranges.



A Note from Grant Committee Chairman and Southwest Regional Coordinator Jeff Deikis:


The Southwest Regional Grant Committee consisted of Dylan Johnson, Tom Burch, Jim Pinter-Lucke, Erik Filsinger, Tony Yeary, and Jeff Deikis.  With over 70 applications from qualified individuals the selection process was drawn out and very difficult.  Many deserving applications were turned down due simply to a lack of funds.  With that being said, the committee identified applications that distinguished themselves apart from the others.  The strongest proposals demonstrated a clear progression in applicants personal climbing experiences as well as the ways in which the project will help them attain a long-held climbing dream.

The committee would like to congratulate all of the grant winners and wish them safe and successful climbing adventures.  We are already looking forward to reading next years applications for the Southwest Region Live Your Dream Grant.  It is our hope to see even more applications outlining alpine, sport, trad, and bouldering projects.  Let us help you live your dream!  –Jeff Deikis

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