AAC Northeast Live Your Dream grant, Fall 2012 awards:
Andrea Charest (Jericho, VT) - $400 – Support for travel to compete in the Ouray Ice Festival Competition.
Ben Jacobs (Jamaica Plain, MA) and Hesper Rugo (Jamaica Plain, MA) - $200 each – Support for two climbing partners to take a learn-to-lead weekend course together with Seneca Mountain School.
Gary Sorcher (New Canaan, CT) - $400 – Support for travel to Hueco Tanks, TX to focus on bouldering for the month of December and try to send his first V7 – Baby Face.
Jason Denver (Sanbornville, NH) - $400 – Put up a new finish to a route on Ambush Peak, Wind River Range, WY with climbing partner and mentor Steve Arsenault.
Michael Larson (Eaton, NH) - $400 – Support to travel to Yosemite in May 2013 to climb Half Dome's Regular route—his first big wall—with his father, Steve Larson.
AAC Northeast LIve Your Dream grant, Spring 2012 awards:
• Erik Eisele and partner Michael Wejchert's dream is to push the alpine skills they've acquired and honed in the mountains of New England out into the word's greater ranges. Eisele and Wejchert will live this dream by attempting a new route on Urus Este (5,420 m) in Peru's Cordillera Blanca.
• Sean Yaw's dream is to climb a big route in the mountains, a route that will take multiple days on technical terrain. This summer, before graduate school and "a 'nine-to-five job with health insurance and two weeks of vacation a year'" that he sees inevitably in his future, he will live this dream via an attempt, with partner Bryan Friedrichs, of a route on Broken Tooth (9,050') in the Alaska Range.
• Brian Threlkeld and Paul Clifford share a dream to climb as an efficient team, traveling light and fast on technical alpine rock. They will spend two weeks this summer on the long, remote climbs of the Cirque of the Towers in the Wind River Range, pushing their alpine rock skills to the next level, both individually and as a team.
• Alison Criscitiello and partner Lauren Peritz both dream of being well-rounded climbers with the skills to be able to travel comfortably in the mountains on technical snow, rock, ice, and mixed terrain. Criscitiello describes herself as "a mountaineer comfortable on ice and snow". Peritz, on the other hand, is "primarily a rock climber with less experience in the big mountains". Together, they will visit the Little Switzerland area of the Central Alaska Range and climb the long rock routes off the Pika Glacier. The trip will require their combined skill-sets and allow them to both teach and learn from each other.
The members of the AAC Northeast Live Your Dream grant committee are: Sarah Garlick (North Conway, NH), Carolyn Riccardi (New Paltz, NY), Jack Tracy (Jackson, NH), Pete Ward (Northampton, MA), and Freddie Wilkinson (Madison, NH).