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Central Region Live Your Dream Grants Announced

7/11/2012, Golden, CO—The Central Region of the American Alpine Club is pleased to announce the winners of the first Live Your Dream Grant. The grant—new this year—was born from the idea that the most important climbs are our own. It funds individuals or small teams in the pursuit of their climbing dreams. The Live Your Dream grants provide seed money to climbers—of all disciplines, ages, and abilities—who have ambitions to expand their climbing horizons.

The five grant winning teams from the Central Region plan trips to Arizona’s Cochise Stronghold, the Tetons, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, the High Sierra, and the volcanoes of the Northwest with goals of attempting classic routes, speed-climbing big walls, building traditional skills, doing a first multi-pitch route, and more:

Lloyd Bolton and his partner Steve Gore are newly commissioned Marines, and their climbing dream is to complete the Grand Traverse in the Tetons before their future deployment.  The American Alpine Club is proud to support these men who support us all through their service.

Jay Hack and his partner Mike Layton, hope to do a one day climb of El Cap in Yosemite National Park.  This will require them to learn speed climbing skills and to advance their climbing abilities.

Amy VanProoyen’s climbing Dream is to travel to a state where she has never climbed before, advance her skills, and complete her first multi-pitch Trad climb, Ewephoria in Cochise Stronghold near Tombstone, AZ.

Michael Tyron, a climber who learned on the crags of Michigan is heading to Yosemite to do his first Big Wall, the Prow of Washington Column. The AAC is pleased to help him fulfill this goal.

Allen Zeitlin is heading to Joshua Tree where he wants to develop the skills—placing protection, building anchors and self rescue—needed to safely lead Trad climbs.

Reggie Walters seeks support for a project he's talked about for years, a trip to the famed Cirque of the Towers in the Wind River Range in Wyoming. He'll be on his way this summer.

Evan Ward’s Dream is to climb the Incredible Hulk in the High Sierra via either the ‘Red Dihedral’ or ‘Positive Vibrations, a classic line in a beautiful alpine environment.

Marissa Krupa wants to climb Mt. Shasta and Mt. Baker this season to honor her brother, an avid mountaineer, who passed away from cancer.

The “Live Your Dream” Climbing Grants are developed and administered locally with community support—each Region of the American Alpine Club has it’s own grant program.

In the Central Region, the “Live Your Dream” Climbing Grant seeks to support climbers from a range of ages and experience levels, as well as a range of climbing disciplines (sport climbing, bouldering, traditional rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, etc.). Climbers from North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio are eligible for the Central Region grant.

The AAC launched the program this year with $12,000, which will be distributed to at least a dozen individuals or small teams in pursuit of their personal climbing dreams. The emphasis of the grant is on projects that have significant positive impact on grantees’ progressions as climbers. Regions have been encouraged to supplement that funding with fundraising events in their own areas.

About the Live Your Dream Grant Program
Each Region of The American Alpine Club has its own local grants programs to support climbers in realizing their climbing ambitions and dreams. These grants are developed and administered locally with community support. 

The purpose of the Central Region "Live Your Dream" Grant is to fund individuals or small teams in pursuit of their personal climbing dreams. The emphasis of the grant is on projects that have significant positive impact on grantees’ progressions as climbers, as opposed to cutting-edge or exploratory objectives. We seek to support climbers from a range of ages and experience levels, as well as a range of climbing disciplines (sport climbing, bouldering, traditional rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, etc.). Climbers from North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio are eligible for the Central Region grant.

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 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. Join the AAC’s online community at facebook.com/americanalpineclub, americanalpineclub.org/news, or follow all the latest press on the Club’s Press Room RSS feed at americanalpineclub.org/prfeed.