Lyman Spitzer Grant Winners Announced
(GOLDEN, COLO.) – A solo first
ascent in Greenland and an all-woman team’s attempt of an unclimbed Indian
peak are a few of the cutting-edge climbs supported by this year’s American
Alpine Club (AAC) Lyman Spitzer Climbing Grants.
Eighteen expeditions applied to
the AAC for support, only seven of which received cash grants totaling
$18,000. The grants are drawn from an endowment made possible by support from
AAC members, including a generous bequest from Mr. Lyman Spitzer.
Additionally, MSR, Therm-a-rest, and Platypus hydration systems provide
another $10,000 worth of gear for the expeditions.
“The applications this year
were impressive,” said grant committee Chair and recently elected AAC
President Mark Richey. “I wish we could support them all, but we must focus on
those expeditions with new, unique, cutting-edge objectives in mind. The seven
winning teams truly reflect that kind of ambition and embody the spirit of
this grants program.”
Spitzer grants promote
state-of-the-art, cutting-edge climbing through financial support of small,
lightweight teams of climbers attempting bold first ascents or difficult
repeats of the most challenging routes in the world's great mountain ranges. A
total of $18,000 was awarded to these team leaders:
· Doug Chabot (Bozeman,
Mont.) – With Conrad Anker and Bruce Miller, Chabot will attempt an alpine
style ascent on the seldom-attempted right wall of the Shark's Fin in the
Gangotri Region of India.
· Brian Clarke (Boulder,
Colo.) – The two-man team of Clarke and Chris Bassett will try a first ascent,
in alpine style, of an unclimbed 4,000-foot face on Alaska’s Mount Hunter.
· Jon Copp (Boulder,
Colo.) – After an alpine-style, speed ascent of the “Scottish Route” on
Bhagirathi III, Copp and partner Dylan Taylor will attempt to enchain
Bhagirathi IV and Bhagirathi II, in the Garhwal Himalaya of India.
· Micah Dash (Boulder,
Colo.) – Climbing solo, Dash will make a go of the first ascent of peak 1561
in the Greenland’s Tassermuit Fjord.
· Jim Earl (Livingston,
Mont.) – With Kelly Cordes, Earl will make an attempt on the unclimbed,
4,300-foot high Southeast Face of Jirishanca Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru.
· Benjamin Gilmore
(Seattle, Wash.) – Gilmore and partner Kevin Mahoney will try to establish a
new route on Thalay Sagar in the Indian Himalayas.
· Elizabeth Wirtz
(Boulder, Colo.) – The two-woman team of Wirtz and Lizzy Scully will attempt
to put up a route on an unclimbed peak in the India’s Miyar Valley.
Founded in 1902, The American
Alpine Club is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting
climbing knowledge, conserving mountain environments, and serving the American
climbing community. The AAC currently has nearly 7,000 members throughout the
U.S. and across the globe.