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Rocky Mountain Region Recipients
Angela Tomczik - Angela seeks to climb the Beckey-Chouinard on South Howser Tower in the Bugaboos with partner Emily Matherly. This route will combine her experience with long rock routes, snow travel, multi-day climbs, and mountain navigation in a way she has never experienced before. In a committing setting requiring a multitude of skills for snow and rock terrain, this area will push the team's comfort zone and serve as an opportunity to progress as a climber and an alpinist. ($600)

Jeff Dobronyi - Jeff and partner, Brian Campbell, are planning a ski mountaineering trip to Rogers Pass, BC with the goal of climbing and skiing some significant objectives and honing the necessary skills and experience to continue their ski mountaineering careers. They plan on taking on four large ski mountaineering objectives over our time at Rogers Pass: Mt. Tupper via the lens couloir, completing the Youngs Peak Traverse via the Illecillewaet Glacier and descending via the Youngs Peak headwall, and Seven Giants Steps. At the end of this trip, the team hopes to be completely comfortable and efficient on multi-day technical ski mountaineering objectives, with hopes of using these new skills in the future on bigger and more cutting edge ski mountaineering objectives. ($800)

Sibylle Hechtel - Sibylle seeks, with partner Eric Doub, to become the oldest person to climb the Nose of El Capitan in a day. Sibylle, part of the first all-women team to climb El Capitan in 1977, is seeking to up her big wall, speed climbing skills and to inspire folks of any age to live their dream! When Sibylle last climbed El Cap, she used hexes and nuts for aid (cams had not been invented yet), and she is thrilled for the challenge of learning new strategies for moving fast. ($750)