This year’s Live Your Dream grant, powered by The North Face, gave out nearly $30,000 to every-day adventurers hoping to take their climbing to the next level. Thanks to our Live Your Dream grant, powered by The North Face, we can help make a lot of dreams happen! This year we had 362 applications sent to us from around the country. The Regional Managers and their committees had some big decisions to make, and from 362 they narrowed it down to 50 individuals. Congratulations to the 2014 winners!
As many of you know Jim Ewing took a bad fall while climbing in the Caymans recently. He suffered broken bones including multiple fractures to his pelvis. He is currently in a Florida hospital awaiting more surgeries. Luckily Jim does have health insurance but the bills are racking up fast. Jim's goal is to come back to Maine, or at least to Boston, so he can be close to family for his ongoing medical care. Insurance will not cover this transport and he can't just hop on a commercial flight. Family and friends are exploring options and none are cheap. We're hoping to raise some money to help get Jim home, and to offset some of the family's medical expenses.
Cathedral Mountain Guides had many requests for women-only events over the years, so they are pleased to finally offer them in this fun, accessible format! The first weekend is January 10-11. Check out their website for full dates and details.
Intuitively we might think that very low temperatures are favorable for creating good waterfall ice conditions. Is it this simple? How do we make the connection between climbers' observations and a scientific experiment? A study led by the Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l’Environnement de Grenoble, supported by the Petzl Foundation, is providing part of the answer.
After returning to the car we spotted a party of two top roping the Waterfall, left of where the ice had calved off. We were amazed they were still climbing, as another substantial portion fell off while we were changing into our street clothes.
We are excited to offer Smuggs Ice Bash Participants the opportunity to Climb and Ski by partnering with the Smugglers Notch Ski Resort for 2015. Our location for all of the demo equipment, and the evening presentations will take place at the Smuggs Ski Resort this year so why not stay within walking distance from where everything will take place and enjoy all the benefits of having everything you need and more right at your finger tips!
The recipients of the 2015 Mugs Stump Award were announced at the Bozeman Ice Festival on Thursday. The award, a collaborative effort of Alpinist Magazine, Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd., Mountain Gear, Patagonia, Inc., and W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., was created in 1993 in memory of Mugs Stump, one of North America's most visionary climbers. In the 23 years since its inception, the Mugs Stump Award has provided $400,000 in grants to small teams pursuing climbing objectives that exemplify light, fast and clean alpinism.