Shingu Charpa in Pakistan. Spot the line!Photo by Sean Isaac (www.seanisaac.com)
Four teams of climbers have won the American Alpine Club’s Lyman Spitzer Climbing Grants for cutting-edge climbing, funding expeditions from Alaska to Uzbekistan. The teams will split $12,000 in cash and $10,000 worth of equipment donated by Cascade Designs, makers of MSR, SealLine and Therm-a-Rest.
• Mike Schaefer, Micah Dash and Eric Decaria will make an alpine-style attempt on the direct east face of Uli Biaho in Pakistan, after pioneering a 2,000-foot wall just to reach the base of their main objective.
• Josh Wharton and Kelly Cordes will tackle the 5,000-foot north ridge of Pakistan’s Shingu Charpa, a stunning line that has seen several attempts in recent years.
• Mike and Andy Libecki will explore and climb in remote valleys of Uzbekistan, where photos of the unclimbed granite walls and pyramids caused Libecki to exclaim, “God must have created this part of the planet just for obsessed climbers.
• Will Mayo and Canadian Maxime Turgeon will attempt an unclimbed line on the south face of Mt. Foraker in Alaska.