Montane to sponsor prestigious Alpine Club Climbing Fund
- Tuesday 12th April 2016
British brand Montane has agreed a deal with the Alpine Club to sponsor the prestigious Alpine Club Climbing Fund, an award offered bi-annually to support British climbers and mountaineers to explore the world’s mountainous regions and break new alpine terrain.
The Alpine Club is the world’s oldest climbing club, established in 1857 during the golden age of alpinism, with a mission to ‘facilitate access to and exploration of the mountainous regions of the world’. Some of the most thrilling ascents and adventurous mountain expeditions this decade have been supported by the Alpine Club Climbing Fund and Montane’s sponsorship of the fund will help support the future of adventurous British alpine climbing.
Montane was founded over 23 years ago. It engineers innovative, lightweight, breathable clothing and equipment for endurance sports and activities in some of the world’s most extreme environments.
Montane works with leading expeditions and athletes in the world’s mountainous regions, supporting climbing, mountaineering, polar exploration and endurance trail running as well as sponsoring the world’s leading ultra distance endurance races. Montane’s collection of running, walking and mountaineering clothing has been developed to withstand some of the most extreme conditions and environments on the planet, allowing everybody who experiences the quality of Montane to go FURTHER. FASTER.
The Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund is a yearly grant usually split between eight expeditions. Awards from the £10k fund will be offered bi-annually in March and November and will be given to teams attempting first ascents or new routes in remote areas, or exploring little known alpine terrain. Recent recipients have included teams clocking first ascents in Alaska, Tajikistan, Patagonia, Kyrgyzstan and the Indian Himalaya.
Applications for the Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund will be assessed by a committee consisting of active, experienced alpinists (currently Paul Ramsden, Andy Houseman, Malcolm Bass, Paul Knott, Susan Jensen and Toto Gronland) as well as input from Montane.
The next application deadline is October 30 2016.
Montane’s Terry Stephenson said: “The Alpine Club Climbing Fund has made possible some incredible feats of mountaineering. We’re delighted to be involved to help climbers and mountaineers explore the world’s mountainous regions.
“The Alpine Club is the world’s oldest climbing club, with a long and highly respected history and we’re delighted to partner with them.
“We see this partnership as a natural and logical extension of our position as an international alpine climbing apparel manufacturer.”
Malcolm Bass, Alpine Club Vice President, said: “Montane is a natural partner for the Alpine Club Climbing Fund. They have a long history of involvement in supporting adventurous alpine and big wall climbing through focused clothing design and manufacture and also by supporting individual alpine and big wall climbers. Together we can further the exploration of mountainous regions of the world by British climbers. It’s an exciting new phase for the Alpine Club.”