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.
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.
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.