AAC Live Your Dream Grants Now Open For Applications

By Meredith Reitemeier | February 6th, 2019

Rachel Drattler and her climbing partner travel to the the Northwest Territories of Canada to climb in the Lotus Flower Tower in the Cirque of the Unclimbables thanks to a Live Your Dream grant from the American Alpine Club . Photo: Courtesy of the American Alpine Club.


In the digital age, it’s easy for us to see remote places, access beta, and dream up a big trip . . .  the tricky part, oftentimes, is funding it.

Unfortunately, the climbing lifestyle isn’t as lucrative as we’d like, but fortunately, there are institutions who believe in us and want to help us make our dreams come true. The American Alpine Club has partnered with The North Face since 2012 to make nearly 600 adventures come to life for climbers and ski mountaineers, through $275,000 in Live Your Dream grants.

Austin Schmitz with his mom on their trip to climb Cathedral mountain. Photo courtesy of: American Alpine Club.

Applications are open from now until March 31 for the 2019 Live Your Dream grants, which will divide $50,000 into amounts of $200-$1,000 for climbers and ski mountaineers. All skill levels and ages are welcome to apply here. There is a $5 application fee for AAC members, and a $20 fee for non-members. If a non-member is awarded a grant, an AAC membership will be required before the grant is rewarded.

Nolan Hurd and his partner travel to Huaraz, Peru, to attempt to climb and ski Artesonraju, Huascaran, and Pisco. Photo courtesy of: American Alpine Club

Some 2018 recipients include: Kalli Schumacher, who spent her summer climbing multiple mountain ranges; Benjamin Wu, who took a trip to the Bugaboos to embark on an alpine career skill set; Austin Schmitz, who took his mom—not formerly a climber—to climb Cathedral after she watched Valley Uprising; and Anel Guel, a climber introduced to the sport later in life, who summited Mount Pisco in Áncash, Peru.

Kalli Schumacher. Photo courtesy of: American Alpine Club

For more information, please visit their website.


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