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2013 McNeill-Nott Award Winners Announced

March 18, 2013, Golden, CO—The American Alpine Club (AAC) is proud to announce this year’s McNeill-Nott Award recipients. 

Out of 16 applicants, three teams were chosen by this year’s McNeill-Nott Committee. The grant-recipient teams will focus their talents on objectives in Canada, Nepal, and Pakistan: 

  • Pete Dronkers with Jonathan Crabtree: South Pillar of Lowell Peak, St. Elias Range, Canada. The team hopes to “break new ground in an obscure area and bring new information and multimedia resources to the greater climbing community.”
  • Jewell Lund with Kyle Dempster: Bublimotin, or Ladyfinger Peak, which lies on the southwest ridge of the Ultar Sar Massif above the Hunza Valley, Pakistan. Their emphasis is on free climbing and leaving as little impact as possible.
  • Chris Wright with Geoff Unger: Ripimo Shar (6,646m), Northeast Pillar or East Ridge (Unclimbed), Rolwaling Himal, Nepal. They hope to reach the summit and establish a new route going as fast and light as possible.

With the untimely death of Sue Nott and her partner Karen McNeill on Mt. Foraker in 2006, the AAC and Mountain Hardwear decided to establish the McNeill-Nott Award in their memory. Sue Nott was a long-time member of the AAC. Sue and Karen were both Mountain Hardwear athletes as well as close personal friends who frequently climbed together. The McNeill-Nott Award seeks to preserve the memory and spirit of these two talented and courageous climbers by giving grants to amateur climbers exploring new routes or unclimbed peaks with small and lightweight teams. During the selection process, special attention is given to projects with strong exploratory and adventuresome mountaineering components. Technical difficulty is not weighed as strongly. Projects involving climbers who are supported financially by corporate sponsors are not considered.

The annual application deadline for the McNeill-Nott Award is January 1st. A committee including three active climbers—Zoe Hart, Caroline George and Janet Wilkinson—reviews the applications, selects the recipients, and decides on award amounts. In addition to the McNeill-Nott Award, the American Alpine Club offers grants for climbers of every age and ability level. For details and specific application information regarding AAC grants, please visit the American Alpine Club website.


About The American Alpine Club
The American Alpine Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides knowledge and inspiration, conservation and advocacy, and logistical support for the climbing community. The AAC advocates for American climbers domestically and around the world; provides grants and volunteer opportunities to protect and conserve the places we climb; hosts local and national climbing festivals and events; publishes two of the world’s most sought-after climbing annuals, The American Alpine Journal and Accidents in North American Mountaineering; cares for the world’s leading climbing library and country’s leading mountaineering museum; manages the Hueco Rock Ranch, New River Gorge Climbers’ Campground, and Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch as part of a larger lodging network for climbers; and annually gives $80,000+ toward climbing, conservation, and research grants to adventurers who travel the world. Learn about additional programs and become a member at americanalpineclub.org

About Mountain Hardwear
Mountain Hardwear is a leader in innovative, premium outdoor apparel, equipment and accessories. We celebrate bold ideas, the drive to challenge the edges of our potential, and the joy, friendships and personal growth that come from that endeavor. We work with era-defining athletes to develop lightweight, easy-to-use and incredibly well-crafted outdoor clothing and equipment. Mountain Hardwear, Inc., founded in 1993 and based in Richmond, CA, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear Company and distributes its products through specialty outdoor, running, and sporting goods retailers in the United States and 51 countries worldwide. www.mountainhardwear.com