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We have been funding Polartec® Challenges since 1991 with over 100 expeditions around the world!

The 2012 Polartec® Challenge Grant recipients are:

First Ascent of the Southwest Face of Rimo III

Grant Recipient
  • Malcolm Bass
  • Paul Figg
  • Simon Yearsley
  • Rachel Antill 
Malcolm Bass, Paul Figg, Simon Yearsley and Rachel Antill will attempt to make the first ascent of the southwest face of Rimo III. The Rimo group is a remote and rarely visited area in the Indian Karakorum, and Rimo III’s face is considered by many to be one of the last great challenges.

Pakistani Double Header

Grant Recipient

  •       Kyle Dempster
  •       Hayden Kennedy

Kyle Dempster and Hayden Kennedy will attempt a Pakistani double header. They plan to complete their 2011 attempt on the east face of K7 and attempt the first ascent of the north face of the Ogre 2 on the Choktoi glacier. The Choktoi glacier has a rich climbing history, containing some of the most impressive mountains in the world, and has a zero percent success rate.

Skiing the Unskied Northwest Face of Mt. Seattle

Janet BergmanGrant Recipients
  • Nick Devore
  • Will Cardamone
  • Jake Sakson
  • Andy Jacobson

Polartec Athlete Advisory Board member Nick Devore, Will Cardamone, Jake Sakson and Andy Jacobsen will attempt to climb and ski the unskied northwest face of Mt. Seattle in Alaska. The group plans to kayak from Yakutat to the Hubbard Glacier, where they will begin the glacial traverse to Mt. Seattle. Andy Jacobsen will shoot the trip for a segment in PowderWhore Productions’ new film next year.


New Route on the Southeast Face of Mt. Bradley


Grant Recipient

  •       Peter Doucette
  •       Silas Rossi

Peter Doucette and Silas Rossi will attempt a new route on the southeast face of Mt. Bradley in Alaska. On their proposted route, the two-man team expects to find significant mixed climbing for the duration of the 4,500′ ascent.



First Ascent of Middle Peak

Grant Recipients
  • John Frieh
  • Dave Burdick
  • Zac West

John Frieh, Dave Burdick and Zac West will attempt the first ascent of Middle Peak in the St. Elias range in Alaska. Middle Peak’s 5,000′+ wall offers a unique opportunity for the team in a very remote region.


Ascending the Southernmost and Most Remote Spires and Big Walls

Mike LibeckiGrant Recipients
  • Freddie Wilkinson
  • Mike Libecki

Freddie Wilkinson and Mike Libecki will travel to an area in Antarctica previously unexplored by climbers to climb first ascents on the Earth’s southernmost and most remote spires and big walls. Wilkinson and Libecki will take advantage of the continuous daylight during the winter solstice and attempt first ascents of as many spires as possible during the expedition. Libecki also recieved a Polartec Challenge Grant in 2011 for a climbing expedition to Franz Josef Land in Russia, which has been extended to 2012.
In addition to the grant money, all of this year’s Polartec® Challenge winners will be fully outfitted with Polartec® garments, designed to keep them warm, comfortable and dry in the harshest of climates.


About the Polartec® Challenge Grant
The annual Polartec® Challenge Grant seeks to assist frugal, low impact teams who respect the local culture and environment and serve as role models to outdoor enthusiasts worldwide. Applications are evaluated on the basis of their vision, commitment and credibility. Past recipients of the Polartec® Challenge Grant include outdoor pioneers and adventurers such as Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, Steve House, Marko Prezelj, Andrew McLean and John Shipton.