Grit&Rock Grant Awards $10,000 to Feminine-Led Adventures

The award funds expeditions of all sorts, together with high-altitude first ascents and mapping and exploration tasks.

Climber Masha Gordon has a mission. She based her nonprofit Grit&Rock in 2016 with two objectives. The primary: assist teenage ladies develop self-confidence and psychological toughness via the avenue of climbing. The second: present funding for feminine adventurers to rack up explorations and first ascents.

Up to now, so good. Since its founding, Grit&Rock has funded over 30 expeditions in gnarly areas all around the world via the First Ascent Expedition Award.

Grit&Rock awards the grant yearly in three classes: Efficiency, Exploration, and Apprenticeship/Particular Prize.

Per Grit&Rock’s web site, the Efficiency class is “reserved for bold high-altitude ascents the place the diploma of problem is fastidiously matched by a well-demonstrated talent.”

The Exploration class is for “fantastically crafted and effectively thought via tasks on a smaller scale,” whereas the Apprenticeship/Particular Prize is designed to advance the “alpine abilities and independence of those that are making additional steps of their climbing profession.”

As of this writing, Grit&Rock is accepting functions in all three classes. The applying window closes on Feb. 28, 2023.

Patagonia and Past

The newest First Ascent Expedition was an spectacular 3-week journey throughout the Northern Patagonian Icefield involving packrafting, sled-hauling, bushwhacking, and mountaineering.

Climbers Isidora Llarena, Rebeca Caceres, and Nadine Lehner capped their 93-mile traverse of the icefield with a candy new route on Cerro Arenales. The mountain is the second-highest peak within the Northern Patagonian Icefield and the fifth highest within the Patagonian Andes. They have been the primary climbers to deal with the height since 1964.

A womans skis toward a mountain
Isidora Llarena skis towards her goal on a Grit&Rock-funded expedition; (picture/Nadine Lehner)

After making their descent, the trio weathered a storm by constructing ice caves round their packrafts. When clear skies arrived, they spent 5 days sled-hauling tools masses throughout the icefield to a river earlier than paddling residence.


So, are you a feminine climber with a cool concept? Obtain the software and ship it on to by Feb. 28 for consideration.

Good luck!

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