Ultra-light folks cut the handles off their toothbrushes. Cutting Edge Alpinisits scoff at toothbrushes... and everything else that might slow them down, like sleeping bags or food. The Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award is for climbers that are pushing limits with the bare essentials.
Through the generous contribution of Lyman Spitzer, Jr., a long-time American Alpine Club member and lover of the mountains, the AAC initiated the Lyman Spitzer Climbing Grants Program. This program promotes state-of-the-art, cutting-edge climbing through financial support of small, lightweight climbing teams attempting bold first ascents or difficult repeats of the most challenging routes in the world's great mountain ranges.
$12,000 is awarded annually to three to six endeavors that best meet the criteria for "cutting-edge" climbing.
December 1st for expeditions departing no later than December 31st of the next year.
How Do I Apply?
It's easy, just fill out the attached form as a PDF or Word Doc and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners are chosen by February 1st and we'll notify all applicants by that point.
Download Application (PDF/DOC) - Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Climbing Award