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Shipton-Tilman Grants Awarded

The west face of Jankuth (22,326′), an unclimbed peak in India’s Gangotri Himalaya. Pat Deavoll and Malcolm Bass will make another attempt on the face this year with support from one of six 2010 W.L. Gore and Associates Shipman-Tilman grants. From the Miandi Barmak, the tributary glacier of the Gangotri where Deavoll and Bass will begin climbing, to the summit is about 1700 meters.
[Photo] Patricia Deavoll

W.L. Gore and Associates has announced the 2010 winners of the Shipton-Tilman Grant Program, which awards funding to proposed expeditions that are “true to the spirit of adventure.” The program was established in 1990 in honor of explorers Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman, who believed in traveling in small teams with minimal supplies and no porters.

As provided by Gore, the 2010 recipients are:

Australians Theo Kossart and Stuart Morris, first ascent of the Chamlang Grand Traverse in Nepalese Himalaya, awarded $2,000.

Brits Luke Hunt, Hamish Dunn and Tom Ripley, Tahu Ratum Expedition, awarded $4,000. The team hopes to complete the first ascent of the northwest ridge of Tahu Ratum in the Hispar Muztagh region of Pakistan’s Karakoram.

Dylan Taylor, Andrew Wexler and Joe Stock, Ski Traverse of Alaska’s Wrangell Mountains, awarded $2,000. The team would be the first to ski the full length of the Wrangell range, which covers more than 150 miles. They plan to ski over Mt. Wrangell (14,163′) and make a ski attempt on Regal Peak (13,845′).

Joe Puryear and David Gottlieb, expedition to Tibet, awarded $2,000: The team is planning an alpine-style first ascent of Karjiang (23,691′), the fourth-highest unclimbed mountain in the world by some measurements.

Pat Deavoll and Malcolm Bass, Gangotri Expedition: First Ascent of Jankuth (22,326′), India, awarded $5,000.

Matthew Traver, Steve Beckwith, Chris Parenteau and Mike Royer, First Ascents in the Tien Shan: Central Kokshaal-too Range, Kyrgyzstan, awarded $5,000: The four-person team has identified three unnamed peaks as potential objectives. In addition to the climbing, the team plans to do volunteer work in Kyrgyzstan before departing for the Central Kokshaal-too.