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The Crux Expedition Award

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Today crux launches its Expedition Award. This is an exciting opportunity for today’s young climbers to win £500 in cash and £2000 worth of crux equipment for use on an outstanding mountaineering objective.

Crux makes equipment for mountaineering. Its streamlined, durable designs are a testament to the vision of the brand’s founder, Kiwi alpinist Carol McDermott, and are based on years of hard-won experience in the mountains. Carol has a strong mountaineering pedigree: formative experiences in New Zealand’s Southern Alps were followed by multiple summits in the Andes, successful expeditions to the Himalaya (with ascents of the Scottish Pillar on Bhagirathi III and the South Pillar of Shivling), as well as two quite diverse objectives in the Karakorum, namely a successful ascent of the 8000m Gasherbrum II and an unsuccessful attempt at the forbidding (and still unclimbed) North Ridge of Latok I. No mountaineering résumé would be complete without a trip to Patagonia, where Carol’s repeated attempts on Fitzroy’s Casarotto Pillar ended with a final score of weather 9, Carol and climbing partner 0.

The criteria of the award are as follows:

· Your proposed objective must be adventurous. Ideally it will be in a remote location and involve an element of exploration. It does not necessarily have to be a first ascent, however; it could be a first winter ascent, or an alpine style ascent, or just visiting a remote location of which you have no previous experience.

· The expedition must not carry bolts or use fixed ropes (although capsule style is acceptable).

· The objective must be difficult for you. The level of difficulty does not need to be at the cutting edge.

· The members of the team must be predominately under 30.

· The members of the team must be predominately British citizens.

· The award cannot be granted retrospectively.

· The expedition cannot be commercial.

The deadline for applications is New Year’s Eve 2016.

The winner of the award will be announced by the end of February 2017.

To apply for the award please email your application – setting out your expedition project, introducing your team and detailing the previous experience of its members, and explaining how you fulfil the award criteria – to: expeditionawards@crux.uk.com

The winner of the Crux Expedition Award agrees to:

· Acknowledge crux in all media relating to the winning expedition.

· Supply crux with a short essay and/or film about the trip upon return.

· Supply crux with high-resolution photographs of the expedition for free use by crux for marketing purposes.



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