American Alpine Club, MSR, Therm-a-Rest and Platypus jointly awarded $22,000
in Lyman Spitzer climbing grants and gear to support cutting-edge expeditions
attempting bold first ascents in Pakistan, Greenland, China and India.
Twelve expeditions applied to
the AAC for support, only four of which received cash grants totaling $12,000.
The grants are drawn from an endowment made possible by support from AAC
members, including a generous bequest from the estate of Lyman Spitzer.
Additionally, MSR, Therm-a-Rest and Platypus hydration systems provided
another $10,000 worth of gear for the expeditions.
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.
Grants of $3,000 each were awarded to the following team leaders:
o Nathan Martin (Moab,
Utah) – With Jared Ogden, Martin will attempt an ascent of a 2,000 foot
granite fin in a remote fjord in southeastern Greenland.
o Carlos Buhler
(Bozeman, Mont.) – The team will try a new route on the north face of Kalanka
(6931 meters) in the Garhwal Himalaya of India.
o Josh Wharton
(Boulder, Colo.) – Wharton and Jonathan Copp will attempt a first ascent of
the southwest ridge of Great Trango Tower in the Karakoram region of the
Himalayan mountains. The secondary goal is to make an alpine style ascent of
o Tommy Chandler (Salt
Lake City, Utah) – Chandler and partners will try to establish new routes and
further expand the climbing possibilities on Janmo Spire, Jarjinjabo Dome and
the other formations in the Jarjinjabo Massif, in the Sichuan Province of
Grants are awarded by a
committee that includes Jack Tackle and such equally notable climbers as big
wall pioneer John Middendorf and mountaineer/rock climber Nancy Feagin.
Digital Altimeter, Barometer, Compass and Thermometer. Time/Date/Alarms.
Chronograph with 24 hour working range. Timer with stop, repeat and up
function. Rotating Bezel. Leveling bubble. Carabiner latch. E.L. 3 second
backlight. Water resistant. 4" x 2-1/4" x 3/4" 2 oz. Requires 1 CR2032
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