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Western Region

Lauren Montemayor ($450), Lauren Montemayor and teammates Joel Scheingross, Pratyush Tiwary, and BG Chirranjeevi share the same dream of standing atop the great peaks of the world--from Denali in the Alaskan Range to the peaks of the Himalaya. While these summits are currently beyond their reach, they strive to develop the necessary skills in order to travel safely across technical snow, rock, ice, and mixed terrain. To this end, the team will be traveling to the Cascades to climb Mt. Rainer via Disappointment Cleaver, the Ptarmigan Traverse, and the South Face of the Tooth. Together they will cut their teeth, hone their skills, and develop confidence to take on future and larger projects in the greater ranges.

Ryan Heutter ($400),From big wall ascents in Yosemite Valley to alpine climbing in the Torres del Paine and Fitz Roy Massifs of Southern Patagonia, Ryan Huetter is already a well accomplished climber and mountaineer. With long-term goals set in the larger ranges of Alaska, the Cordillera Blanca, and the mountains of Central Asia, his main objective is to develop the remaining skills necessary to become a well-rouned mountaineer--particularly in mastering long, steep, vertical ice. With sustained waterfall ice routes unheard of in California, Ryan will travel to one of North America's premier ice climbing destinations, Banff and the Icefields of Parkway, where he will learn and build upon new skills, applying himself to harder and harder routes as he progresses.

Maura LaRiviere ($250), Maura LaRiviere and partner Stephanie Jim dream of traveling to the Utah desert to the towering sandstone walls of Zion National Park to practice and refine their aid climbing skills. Over a seven day period they will attempt Prodigal Sun (5.8/C2), Spaceshot (5.7/C2), Moonlight Buttress (5.8/C1), and Majesticus (5.8/A2+). For Maura, this will be an opportunity to re-attempt her first big aid climb and see it to complettion--Prodigal Sun spit her off after an unsuccessful 8 hour push. For Maura's partner Stephanie, this will be her first aid climbing experience.

Hari Mix ($450), In July 2012 Hari Mix will be fulfilling his dream of climbing all three 7000m peaks of the Pamir Mountains in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. With further aspirations of 8000m peaks, Hari will test his skills making fast and light, alpine-style ascents in a 21 day summit push. Not only will this expedition be an excellent stepping stone for him as an alpinist, it is also a key part of his academic progression. In pursuit of his PhD at Standford University, Hari will be collecting research on the climatic history of Central Asia and using his data to predict the effects of climate change on the region. In conjunction with Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC), he will contribute to two studies in order to assess the role of weathering by microbial life in high alpine landscapes.

Vitaliy Musiyenko ($450), Vitaliy Musiyenko and partner Bryan Bell will pursue their dreams of alpine rock climbing by traveling to the Bugaboos in the Canadian Rockies to attempt the Northeast Buttress (V 5.9 A2) of Mt. Slesse and the Becky-Chouinard (V 5.10) on South Howser Tower. Relatively new to climbing and mountaineering, Vitaliy has already amassed an impressive climbing resume with summits of Mt. Denali, the Liberty Ridge of Mt. Rainier, and an attempt of the Palisades Traverse in the Eastern Sierra. The category of climbing in which Vitaliy is lacking and looking to improve is ascents of alpine rock. Through an ambitious tick-list, Vitaliy and Bryan look to take their skills to the next level and gain the confidence to enter the mixed terrain of the larger ranges.