First, I’m pleased to report that we had another successful Grand Teton climb fundraiser for the Rowell Fund. We had a great group of 13 climbers, seven of which (including yours truly) made it to the summit, and everyone else made it pretty high up the mountain. The summit effort was “particularly rugged with full icy conditions,” as reported by our guides from Jackson Hole Mountain Guides.
Personally, it was especially fun to climb with world-renowned mountaineers Conrad Anker and Jimmy Chin. In addition, thanks to David Breashears for joining us Saturday for a dinner filled with thrilling mountaineering stories. All three gentlemen are members of the Rowell Fund Board of Advisors and have been integral to the success of the program. I also want to thank our guides Doug Workman, Laura Deighton and Nate Opp, for their excellent work and support for the group. Be sure to look them up at JHMG, if you ever need a guide in the Tetons!
Most importantly, the event raised awareness and funds for the Rowell Fund, established to honor the late Galen and Barbara Rowell and their accomplishments in Tibet. On that note, I also wanted to let you know that ICT is now accepting 2009-2010 applications for the Rowell Fund for Tibet. The deadline is September 30, 2009.
The Rowell Fund provides grants between $1,500 to $7,500 to Tibetan-run projects focused on photography, humanitarianism, journalism/literature, women’s issues, and environmental awareness. For more information about the Rowell Fund, guidelines for applying, and past grant recipients please visit our website at http://www.savetibet.org/about-ict/rowell-fund-tibet.