The North Face has partnered with the American Alpine Club (AAC) to give away $20,000 to climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts who'd like to reach their goals.
The 2014 Live Your Dream grant is available for individual adventurers or small teams who have specific goals in climbing (any discipline), mountaineering, ski mountaineering, and peak running.
Past winners include Melissa Buehler, who received $400 to help her achieve her dream of becoming the first woman to climb the Evolution Traverse solo in a day. Last May, 60-year-old Bob Porter received $500 to work toward his goal of a solo ascent of the Quad Direct on El Capitan. Other examples of funded projects might include a gym climber hoping to compete internationally or an ice climber looking to explore new territory.
“We are proud to collaborate with the North Face on our most transformational and popular grant,” said Phil Powers, AAC executive director. “Together we will make more and more dreams come true for those who have a genuine desire to explore and grow as climbers.”
The application period is open now through March 1 for grants ranging from $200 to $1,000. Winners from six regions around the country will be announced on April 15.
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