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Canadian Receives Shipton-Tilman Grant for Karakoram Expedition

The 25th annual Shipton-Tilman grants, present by Gore-Tex, have been announced and Canadian Max Fisher is on the list.

The grant is given to small teams pursuing big objectives with minimal impact in the spirit of the great British mountaineers Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman.

Canadian Max Fisher and British climber James Monypenny will attempt Tangra Tower 5,620 metres on the northern edge of Khane Valley in the Karakoram. Their trip is in memory of their mutual friend and climber partner Cory Hall who died last year in South America.

Other recipients include the all-female team of Quinn Brett, Crystal Davis-Robbins and Whitney Clark who will head to the Garhwal Himal of northern India, which is an area where Shipton and Tilman pioneered routes in 1934.

Mike Libecki and Ethan Pringle will attempt as many as four first ascents of big walls and towers in East Greenland.

The Shipton-Tilman Grants

Pat Goodman, Marcos Costa, and Matt McCormick will head to China to attempt unclimbed granite peaks in the Nyainbo Yuze (a.k.a. Golog Shan), located in the Golok Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Qinghai.

Another all-female trip including Emily Ward, Heather Swift, Emma Crome, and Libby Southgate will head to Peak Kosmos 5,940 metres, which is the second-highest mountain in the Western Kokshaal-too range of Kyrgyzstan.

Peter Thompson, Phil De-Beger and Aiden Laffey are heading to Pakistan with many goals in mind.

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Shipton and Tilman. Photo Jim Perrin