In September 2016 GRIT&ROCK announced a launch of an annual international FIRST ASCENT EXPEDITION PRIZE to enable female first ascents. The award, the largest of its kind globally, funds projects of female-led expedition teams up to the amount of USD 10,000. The aims of the annually awarded prize is to promote and encourage female participation in pioneering alpine ascents. The Award is open to individuals and climbing teams with majority female participation and is meant to provide funding for those who need it most. Over the past three years, expeditions supported with the GRIT&ROCK grants have resulted a number of new ascents.
The award is judged in three categories:
This category is reserved for ambitious high-altitude ascents where the degree of difficulty of the project is carefully matched by a well-demonstrated skill.
This award category is reserved for beautifully crafted and well thought through projects on a smaller scale, such as exploration and mapping of new routes in remote areas of the world.
This category is reserved for projects aimed at advancement of alpine skills and independence of those who are making further steps in their climbing career. Past example of such projects include a route performed alpine-style by a Nepali female guide who has previously climbed only with the use of fixed ropes under supervision of another accomplished climber.
Applications should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2020.
The jury will announce its decision by February, 2020 at a ceremony in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc.
Find out more about 2017 GRIT&ROCK funded expeditions here.
Find out more about 2018 GRIT&ROCK funded expeditions here.
Find out more about 2019 GRIT&ROCK funded expeditions here.
Read judges’ announcement of 2019 winners.
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