What it’s Like to Win
Ben Peters (pictured), a 2017 Live Your Dream grant recipient, was awarded $770 from AAC and The North Face. He spent a month in the Tasermiut Fjord in southeast Greenland big wall climbing. He even nabbed a first ascent.
“It was empowering to go through the process of conceiving a new line, from scouring the internet for trip reports, hiking around with a camera and pouring over photos, to climbing ground-up into uncertain terrain,” Peters says. “It was a sublime experience to sit on the knife-edge summit, after a day and a half and 600m of climbing, and realize we’d just climbed something completely new.”
Matthew Brikebak, another recipient, used his money to climb three legendary North American peaks in the same year: The Grand Teton, South Howser Tower, and Mt. Rainier.
“The Live Your Dream Grant allowed me to take on climbing objectives that were much larger in scale and more difficult than any of my previous experiences…the grant inspired me to push my limits in climbing, and I found I was greatly rewarded with profound and amazing experiences,” Brikebak says.
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