The Grit and Rock Foundation started the female-only Grit and Rock First Ascent Expedition Award last year. Grant money goes to teams of women heading out on expeditions.

The foundation said on their website: “Following a success of the inaugural GRIT&ROCK FIRST ASCENT AWARD in 2017, we are proud to launch a call for applications for the 2018 grant.

“New this year is an introduction of the three distinct categories for the USD10,000 grant pool: PERFORMANCE, EXPLORATION AND APPRENTICESHIP. The deadline is January 15, 2018. The winners will be announced at an event in Chamonix in early February 2018. Application details can be found here.”

The award is judged in three categories:

PERFORMANCE: 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.

EXPLORATION: 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.

APPRENTICESHIP/SPECIAL PRIZE: 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.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications should be submitted by email to by January 15, 2018.

The jury comprising Victor SaundersLydia BradeyLise Billon and Masha Gordon will choose a winning project by mid-February, 2018.

To learn more, please download the award document here or contact us at

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