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Southeast Recipients

Cindy Maloney’s objective is to climb Mt. Rainer via the Kautz Route surrounding her 52nd birthday this summer. As a dedicated single mom, Cindy is no stranger to sacrifice and dedication; this trip is will be the culmination of her training and commitment to climb a big mountain in pursuit of her own dream. ($800)

($800) Billy Brown’s objective is to climb an all-free ascent of the Salathe Wall (VI, 5.13b) on El Capitan. With experience and grit, Billy embraces the challenge and perseverance required to climb big walls in Yosemite. This trip will progress him as a climber, push his physical and mental limits, and drive him to return to the valley until he succeeds in his objective. ($800)

Matthew Morris will travel to Patagonia in Chalten, Argentina next December/January of 2015. Matthew’s focus is to traverse the Fitz Roy skyline, breaking new route on a first ascent off the existing route, El Zorro on the Mojon Rojo’s west face. Matthew’s dream is “is to add to climbing, to give back in a way equal to how much I have benefitted from the efforts of others, and to explore new terrain with skills I have honed through climbing other routes.” ($800)

Mike Dannhardt and his team will spend two weeks in and around Denali with the objective of summiting a couple alpine style ridge and/or peak objectives. With glaciated mountain travel, ski mountaineering with sleds, and establishing several camps at elevations up to 14,000 feet, this trip will refine the team’s technical mountaineering skills. ($612)

Sheila Reddy and her husband Tim will travel to Patagonia for their objective of climbing Comseña-Fonrouge (6B+, 400 m) on the Northwest Ridge of Aguja Guillaumet in the Fitz Roy Massif, Argentina. This trip will be the culmination of years of experience and training resulting in a rock solid foundation of their skills and climbing partnership. ($612)

Kidder Aspiring Alpinist Award (KA3) is also awarded to Sheila Reddy. In preparation for their trip to Patagonia, training in glacier travel and crevasse rescue will be important to help them accomplish their dream. Formal training through the American Alpine Institute’s course: Alpinism 2 -Intermediate Mountaineering will increase the team’s chance for success while building on their foundation for alpine climbing. ($1,000)

Cole Casserly’s objective is to on-sight the Incredible Hulk in the eastern Sierras via the Venturi Effect 5.12+ IV and Solar Flare 5.12+ IV with his climbing partner, Adam Tripp. Cole’s goals have shifted to focus more on consistent high-level performance, rather than climbing at his absolute limit. The Hulk will both test and hopefully fulfill his “one day in the very distant future with skills I can’t imagine” kind of goal. ($612)

Kenny House and his partner’s objective is an alpine style ascent of Liberty Ridge on Mt. Rainier this May. The terrain, will be primarily snow and glacier travel along with several hundred feet of WI1-WI2 climbing (the possibility of short WI3- sections exists). “Mt. Rainier will provide firm tests to my fitness and climbing skills, and I look forward to rising to the challenges and expanding my skill sets further.” ($612)

Dominic Metcalf’s main objective is to climb the Comici Route on Cima Grande di Lavare and the Cassin Route on the Piz Badile in the Italian Dolomites and Swiss Alps. Dominic and his partner will spend time climbing routes in the limestone peaks of Cinque Torri, Tofane di Rozes and ranges near Cortina d’Ampezzo in preparation for their main objectives. Dominic and his partner are kick-starting their ultimate alpine dream of climbing all six of the Great North Faces of the Alps together on this trip. ($612)

Maya Zambrano-Lee will travel to El Potrero Chico, México to climb a series of multi-pitch sport routes with her dad. Tackling multi pitch sport climbing in a place like El Potrero Chico will be the natural progression in Maya’s climbing career, and will also build on her relationship with her father who lives thousands of miles away. ($612)