The £1,500 2006 Nick Estcourt Award has been granted to Ian Parnell and Kevin Thaw for their planned ascent of the East North East Buttress of Kedar Dome in the Gangtori region of the Indian Garwhal. The pair will spend September and half of October attempting the previously un-attempted line in addition to the 6,831 metre peak's East Buttress, attempted by Kevin and American Mark Synott in 2003.
Kevin Thaw and Abbey Watkins at the summit of Cholatse, 6440m
The Kedar Dome and its neighbour Kedernath tend to get overlooked in the Gangotri for the better known Shivling, Bhagarthis and the Meru Sharksfin. Ian and Kevin will climb in lightweight alpine style, on rock expected to be E4 and A3.
Nick Estcourt was killed in an avalanche on K2 whilst taking part in the 1978 attempt to climb the West Ridge. The NICK ESTCOURT AWARD was established to commemorate his climbing achievements and to encourage future generations of expedition mountaineers. One grant is made each year to expeditions which the Trustees consider most likely to further expedition mountaineering. Applications are invited from expeditions attempting an objective of considerable mountaineering significance. This might be a previously unclimbed face, ridge or summit or a repeat of an existing route but in a more challenging style or conditions.
If you are interested in applying for next year's grant check out the
website: www.nickestcourtaward.org The closing date is December 31st 2006.