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American Alpine Club Grants

The American Alpine Club provides resources for climbers and explorers to attempt new challenges, conduct scientific research, and conserve mountain environments. The AAC awards more than $80,000 annually, although the size and number of awards vary from year to year. For more information on all the grant programs, please visit americanalpineclub.org. The information below about 2011 grant recipients and objectives was accurate at the time of the grant; in some cases, recipients may have decided to attempt other objectives. Expeditions with page numbers are reported in this Journal.

LYMAN SPITZER CUTTING-EDGE AWARD

Skiy Detray, Andy Hoeckel

East face of Great Trango Tower, Pakistan $3,000

Ben Venter, Jake Tipton, Willy Oppenheim

Southwest face Nafees’ Cap, Pakistan [p. 272] $3,000

David Anderson, Szu-ting Yi, Eric Salazar

Unclimbed Dkyil’khor Ri and Bka Ri, Genyen Massif China $3,000

Colin Haley, Bjørn-Eivind ?rtun

North face of Ogre II (6,960m), Pakistan $3,000

MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR MCNEILL-NOTT

Jesse Burkhardt, Bo White, Boris Lukanov, Darren Benton

Peak Patkhor (6,080m), Gorno-Badakshan [p. 210] $3,500

Sam Johnson, Ben Chriswell

Peak 8300+, Neacola Mountains, Alaska [p. 122] $1,500

NIKWAX ALPINE BELLWETHER Seth Campbell

Scientific, photographic, historical exploration of West Buttress of Denali $1,500

Kurt Sanderson

Interaction of ice, water and community survival near Santiago, Chile $1,500

MOUNTAINEERING FELLOWSHIPS Scott Bennett (25)

Cerro Pollone’s east peak, Argentina [p. 187] $600

Tyler Botzon (21)

Ama Dablam, Nepal $400

Christopher Carter (21)

Ski mountaineering, Altai Mountains, Mongolia $400

Aaron Child (21)

Boyd Everett Fund, Bugaboos, Canada $500

Sean Dormer (22)

REI Challenge Fund, first ascents Arrigetch Mountains, Alaska $1,000

Tim Gibson (23) and Michael Wejchert (24)

REI Challenge Fund, Kichatna Spires, Alaska $800

Hayden Kennedy (20)

Chamlang north face, China $400

Jacon Mayer (23) and Max Talsky (23)

Boyd Everett Fund, Cassin Ridge, Denali $600

Willy Oppenheim (24)

Mountain Fellowship Fund, Nafees’ Cap, Pakistan [p. 272] $800

ZACK MARTIN BREAKING BARRIERS GRANT Asa Firestone

Developing a climbing wall and outdoor program for children in a favela (slum) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil $1,600

SCOTT FISCHER MEMORIAL CONSERVATION GRANT

Allen Higginbotham

Cleanup of fixed gear, ropes, and trash on Ama Dablam, Nepal $400

LARA KELLOGG MEMORIAL CONSERVATION GRANT

Frank Nederhand

Cordillera Blanca Environmental Expedition $1,100

RESEARCH GRANTS Seth Campbell

Scientific, photographic, historical exploration of West Buttress of Denali $1,000

Gileard Minja

Impact of climate change on northern circuit tourism, Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania $500

Daniel Sturgis

Linking glacier outburst flood event to subglacial hydrology, Lemon Creek Glacier, Alaska $500

Jon Kedrowski

Anthropogenic trail and route impacts from hikers on state high points, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Idaho $1,000

Christopher Crawford

Tracking abrupt temperature change across alpine environments, interior northwestern U.S.A. $700

Peter Neff

Shallow repeating seismic events under an alpine glacier at Mt. Rainier, Washington $500

Sarah Castle

Ecosystem succession in the earliest stages, Puca Glacier, Cordillera Vilcanota, Peru $500

Frank Nederhand

Air pollution and global warming impacts on high mountains, Cordillera Blanca, Peru $500

Lisbeth Willey

Long-term alpine vegetation monitoring (GLORIA), Uapsihka (Monts Groulx), Québec $500

Chris Kopp

Shrub invasion of alpine areas, White Mountains, California $1,000

Kurt Sanderson

Interaction of ice, water, and community survival, Santiago, Chile $700

Max Stevens

Resolution of spatial variability uncertainty on avalanche prone slopes $855

CORNERSTONE CONSERVATION GRANT

Southeast Climbers’ Coalition

Boat Rock Waste Management Solution Project: vault toilet for bouldering area $7,500

Climbing Resource Access Group, VT

Bolton Quarry Driveway Restoration Project: access road rebuild after flooding, Vermont $2,000

Boulder Climbing Community

Boulder Area Stewardship Project: human waste pack-out solution, kiosks, and education $1,975

Friends of Muir Valley

Parking Improvements and Expansion Project: accommodating more climbers, Kentucky $2,500

Las Vegas Climbers’ Liaison Council

Red Rock Waste Bag Project: human waste pack-out solution $1,320

Carolina Climbers’ Coalition

Rumbling Bald Mapping Project: GIS services for climbing area planning, North Carolina $1,800

Arkansas Climbers’ Coalition

Sam’s Throne Camping Area Project: complete camping area signage and kiosk $3,750

Smith Rock Group

Smith Rock Spring Thing 2012 Project: trail steps improvement, Oregon $4,155