2015 MUGS STUMP AWARD OPENS FOR APPLICATIONS
OCTOBER 1, 2015
24th annual alpine climbing award opens grant cycle.
From October 1 through December 1, 2015, the 2015 Mugs Stump Award will be accepting grant applications from small climbing teams with fast and light alpine objectives. Established in 1993 to honor the late Mugs Stump, each year the Mugs Stump Award provides grants to a select number of individuals and teams whose proposed climbs present an outstanding challenge—a first ascent, significant repeat or first alpine-style ascent—with special emphasis placed on climbers leaving no trace of their passage.
Sponsored by Alpinist Magazine, Black Diamond, Mountain Gear, Patagonia, Inc., and W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., the Mugs Stump Award encourages men, women and teams from North America to submit their applications for a part of this year’s $33,500 in grant funding.
Mugs Stump was one of North America's most prolific and imaginative climbers until his death in a crevasse fall in Alaska in May 1992. Best-known for his first ascent of the Emperor Face on Mount Robson in the Canadian Rockies and his triptych of brilliant Alaskan climbs—the East Face of the Mooses Tooth, the Moonflower Buttress on Mount Hunter and a one-day solo of Denali's Cassin Ridge—Mugs was the complete climber, adept at all forms of the game.
Climbers who share Mugs' vision of climbing as a celebration of boldness, purity and simplicity are encouraged to apply. Past recipients include both well-known and relatively unheard-of alpinists pursuing objectives in Alaska, Patagonia, the Himalaya, the Canadian Rockies, Greenland and more. Details can be found at http://mugsstumpaward.com/winners.
Further information and applications are available at www.mugsstumpaward.com. Climbs taking place between February 1, 2016 and March 1, 2017 are eligible. Applications must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line "2016 Mugs Stump Application").
Awards will be announced at the Bozeman Ice Festival December 9-13 and published online by December 20, 2015.
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More About the Mugs Stump Award
All of the alpine objectives awarded embody the spirit of the late Mugs Stump. Mugs Stump was best known for his first ascent of the Emperor Face on Mount Robson in the Canadian Rockies and a triptych of brilliant Alaskan climbs—the East Face of the Moose's Tooth, the Moonflower Buttress on Mount Hunter, and a one-day solo of Denali's Cassin Ridge. He sought out striking and highly technical objectives, preferably first ascents, in some of the most remote mountains of the world. Mugs saw climbing as a celebration of boldness, purity, and simplicity.
Applications are reviewed for how they further the legacy of Mugs Stump with climbs proposed in the spirit of adventure and exploration, and that emphasize light, fast, leave-no-trace climbing. Award applicants are evaluated on the strength of their objective, the strength of their team, and on an objective that raises the bar defining what is possible in alpinism today. For more information on the award, past recipients and their trip reports visit www.mugsstumpaward.com. Applications are due by December 1 and trips must be taken between March, of the year awarded, and the following February. Winners will be announced by January 31st of each year.