2009 | TREKKING THE KAMCHATKA PENINSULA, RUSSIAAmar Dev Singh, Scott Welsh, Natania Glavitsch and Ross Cayley head to the remote World Heritage Listed Klyuchevskoy Nature Park on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia to climb and trek amongst some of the world’s most beautiful volcanoes. 2010 | EXPLORATORY CANYONING, LA REUNION Jonathan Smith, Scott Hall and Lincoln Taylor travelled to La Reunion in September 2010 with the aim to become the first Australian team to descend and document some of the world’s most advanced and beautiful canyons.
2011 | CLIMBING MOUNT NOSHAQ, AFGHANISTANTim Wood and Anthony Simms, along with Afganis Aziz Beg, Malang Daria and Abdul Hakim visit the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan to find peace and solitude climbing in the Hindu Kush Mountain range. They become the first Australian expedition to summit Mt Noshaq.
2012 | SKI MOUNTAINEERING IN THE ALPS, NEW ZEALANDNew Zealander Mark Sedon set out to climb and ski all 18 2500m+ mountains in the Southern Lakes region of New Zealand. He completed his objective this year. ‘The places the expedition took us to right in our own backyard were stunningly beautiful and seriously complicated climbing objectives not dissimilar to a Himalayan expedition. It took us careful planning and weather forecasting, followed by phone calls to various mates to see if they could ditch work and go away for a few days at a moments notice.’
2013 | FOUR PILLARS IN ONE DAY, TASMAN PENINSULA
The aim of the Four Pillars trip was to complete a one-day, paddle-powered traverse from Safety Cove to Fortescue Bay, stopping at Cape Raoul, Cape Hauy and Dolemieu Point to climb exposed and beautiful rock routes. This challenge of a single day linkup of all four pillars in the Tasman Peninsula has never been attempted before, let alone by kayak.
Four Pillars in One Day became two pillars in two days. Half the pillars, twice the time, but at least three times the fun says the team of James Trainer, Lani Evans, Flint Duxfield and Erin Trainer.
2014 | ANIDESHA CHULI UNCLIMBER PEAK, NEPAL
New Zealand mountaineer Paul Hersey, leads Shelley Hersey and John Price on an expedition to summit Anidesha Chuli / White Wave (6815m) in the Kanchenjunga Himalaya. Anidesha Chuli is a magnificent, beautiful and remote unclimbed peak in the north-eastern corner of Nepal.
While having to descend before reaching the summit, Paul Hersey says ‘We love climbing mountains, and reaching their summits, but these goals are not as important as making prudent decisions about risk and about the value of life. Coming home safely is the most important goal of all.’
2015 | WHITEWATER FIRST DESCENT, NEW ZEALAND“My drive is internal, I like to see what hasn’t been seen before. To experience something pristine and natural. To paddle a river never done before forces you to decide everything for the first time, setting a precedent for those who will go there after you.” Jordan Searle will join fellow whitewater kayaker Ari Walker to attempt a first descent in New Zealand. Details are under wraps until the departure for the expedition later this year. Planning and executing an expedition is a monumental task. The North Face and AG Outdoor want to support you in your exploration. The winning grant will receive the following:
- $5000 grant from The North Face
- $3000 Australian Geographic Outdoor Grant
- $2000 worth of The North Face gear