Live Your Dream grant winners announced for the Northeast!
Erik Eisele: $500
Erik Eisele’s and partner Michael Wejchert’s dream is to push the alpine skills they’ve acquired and honed in the mountains of New England out into the word’s greater ranges. Eisele and Wejchert will live this dream by attempting a new route on Urus Este (5,420 m) in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca.
Sean Yaw: $500
Sean Yaw’s dream is to climb a big route in the mountains, a route that will take multiple days on technical terrain. This summer, before graduate school and a “nine-to-five job with health insurance and two weeks of vacation a year” that he sees inevitably in his future, he will live this dream via an attempt, with partner Bryan Friedrichs, of a route on Broken Tooth (9,050′) in the Alaska Range.
Brian Threlkeld and Paul Clifford: $500
Brian Threlkeld and Paul Clifford share a dream to climb as an efficient team, traveling light and fast on technical alpine rock. They will spend two weeks this summer on the long, remote climbs of the Cirque of the Towers in the Wind River Range, pushing their alpine rock skills to the next level, both individually and as a team.
Alison Criscitiello: $500
Alison Criscitiello and partner Lauren Peritz both dream of being well-rounded climbers with the skills to be able to travel comfortably in the mountains on technical snow, rock, ice, and mixed terrain. Criscitiello describes herself as a mountaineer comfortable on ice and snow. Peritz, on the other hand, is primarily a rock climber with less experience in the big mountains. Together, they will visit the Little Swtzerland area of the Central Alaska Range and climb the long rock routes off the Pika Glacier that will require their combined skill sets and allow them to both teach and learn from each other.
Note from Grant Committee chairperson and Northeast Regional Coordinator Sarah Garlick:
Our committee consisted of Carolyn Riccardi, Pete Ward, Jack Tracy, Freddie Wilkinson, and Sarah Garlick. Freddie was off in Nepal on an expedition, so he emailed and phoned in his opinions from his tent! We received so many inspiring applications, it was quite difficult to narrow them down to the final grant winners. The committee looked for the applications that distinguished themselves from the others. In the end, the winners held two main things in common: their proposed projects demonstrated a clear progression in their personal climbing experiences, and they also demonstrated that they would help them attain long-held climbing dreams.
The committee would like to congratulate all the grant winners and wish them safe and successful climbing trips. We are looking forward to the next round of Live Your Dream grant applications, deadline September 1. We loved all the alpine climbing applications in the first round, so keep them coming — but please spread the word to your rock climbing friends too! We’d love to see more sport climbing, trad climbing, and bouldering applications! —Sarah Garlick
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