The North Face and Australian Geographic Outdoor would like to thank all applicants into the 2014 Adventure Grant program. This year a summit was reached for both quantity and quality of applications indicating that the spirit of exploration and adventure is alive and well in the community.

The winning proposal demonstrates exploration, teamwork and camaraderie, a defined objective and sound risk assessment by a diverse team of adventurers sufficiently experienced to succeed in their quest.

The winning applicants of The North Face/AG Outdoor 2014 Adventure Grant are; Paul Hersey, Shelley Hersey and John Price for their expedition to summit the unclimbed peak of Anidesha Chuli / White Wave (6815m) in the Kanchenjunga Himalaya.

Paul, Shelley and John will receive a total of $8,000 in cash and $2,000 worth of The North Face gear of their choice to contribute towards their attempt at this bold first ascent. In hearing that the expedition had been selected to receive The North Face / AGO Grant, Paul expressed his enthusiasm;

Thanks heaps to North Face and the Australian Geographic Society for this! Getting a grant of this magnitude really helps in terms of quality gear and logistics, which all contributes towards a better chance at success on the expedition. We can’t wait to get to Nepal.”

Anidesha Chuli

Anidesha Chuli, Nepal.

 

Anidesha Chuli is a magnificent, beautiful and remote unclimbed peak in the north-eastern corner of Nepal. The team has identified an achievable but challenging route to the summit that appears to exist via the Ramtang Glacier, North Face and East Ridge. The team plan to spend 4 weeks at their base camp in the Ramtang Valley, about 10 days’ trek from Taplejung, the nearest town accessible by road, during which they will have enough time for at least two summit attempts.

A strong New Zealand team, led by Rob Frost, attempted Anidesha Chuli in 2013. Initially part of that team, Paul and Shelley were forced to withdraw after losing their home during the Canterbury earthquakes. During the 2013 attempt, one team member fell and was injured while on lead just below the East Ridge. He was evacuated from the mountain, and the rest of the team abandoned the climb. Rob and the other team members have been very supportive of Shelley, Paul and John’s upcoming attempt, offering invaluable information and advice to help increase the chance of success this time.

Paul Hersey (45 y/o), who will lead the expedition, has 25 years of mountaineering experience in New Zealand and overseas. He has a prolific record of new alpine routes in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, along with new rock routes, new ice routes, first snowboarding descents and first caving descents. Shelley Hersey (37 y/o) is considered one of NZ’s stronger all round female climbers, and has completed a number of challenging first ascents. John Price (26y/o) is part of the new generation of strong, young climbers. He is currently living and climbing in Banff, Canada, where he has recently accumulated over 70 days winter climbing on various Canadian Rockies test pieces up to grade WI6 and M8.

John Price

John Price

Paul Hersey

Paul Hersey

Shelley Hersey

Shelley Hersey

 

With the help of The North Face/AG Outdoor Adventure Grant these adventurers plan not only to complete this challenge, but also to film a short documentary film of their journey, with the aim of presenting it at the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival.

The North Face, AG Outdoor and the Australian Geographic Society would like to congratulate Paul, Shelley and John on winning the 2014 grant and thank all the other adventurers for submitting their applications.