In the mind of every climber, skier, snow boarder, trail runner, adventurer and explorer is the ultimate expedition. After the close of one adventure comes the promise of the next. The summit, the peak, the distance, the line – they wait to be explored.

We talk to The North Face Adventure Grant 2014 recipients, Paul Hersey, Shelley Hersey and John Price about their expedition in Nepal, what’s up next for them, and tips for getting your expedition plans up and running.

After setting out to summit the unclimbed peak of Anidesha Chuli in the Kanchenjunga Himalaya, the recipients are back to life on the other side of the expedition. Shelley Hersey is looking forward to climbing in New Zealand, spending more time on rock and building strength leading into winter ice climbing trips. There are also talks of an expedition in 2016 with partner Paul Hersey, but it is in the research stage at this point.

John Price will be moving in January to where he calls home – Banff, Canada. Here he’ll be climbing waterfall ice in the winter and alpine and rock routes through the warmer months. John knows where he will set out for his next adventure – Revelation Mountains in Alaska, where some of his friends have had recent success that inspired him. When the time comes, he will attempt some steep technical first ascents there.


 

If you’re planning an expedition and looking to turn your plans into a reality, listen up. Here’s what the adventurers have to say on planning and executing expeditions.

WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE TO ASPIRING ADVENTURERS WHEN PLANNING THEIR EXPEDITIONS?

Shelley Hersey: Choose your team carefully – you will see each other at your best and worst and need to be able to rely 100% on each other. Prepare well, and seek advice from others who have been to the area. Take one step at a time rather than just focusing on the end goal.

John Price: Don’t be afraid to share your ideas for adventure and seek sponsorship for trips. So many adventurers have strong skill sets and a healthy desire for exploration yet will never voice their ideas and continue to believe they are unachievable, usually due to logistical or financial reasons. Advertise your strengths, showcase them somewhere like a blog and spark interest for your ideas.

Paul Hersey: Gain lots of experience beforehand, get as much advice as you can, and research your objective as thoroughly as possible. It’s also a good idea having a Plan B (and maybe a Plan C).

WHAT DO YOU THINK MOST COMMONLY HOLD ADVENTURERS BACK FROM TAKING THEIR PLANS INTO ACTION?

Paul Hersey: Cost can be a big hurdle, but the biggest is probably having enough self-belief that it can be done.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST MOTIVATING FACTOR WHEN PLANNING AN EXPEDITION?

John Price: Success but not in the traditional sense. Success means coming back alive, coming back as friends and lastly coming back with the objective completed. Planning for me is ensuring that, hopefully, all of these things happen. The main motivating factor at the end of the day is the idea of climbing itself – nothing motivates or excites me more in life than this.

AFTER HAVING TO ABANDON OBJECTIVES OF YOUR EXPEDITION THAT YOU HAVE INVESTED SO MUCH IN DUE TO WEATHER/SAFETY MEASURES, WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO TACKLE YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE?

Shelley Hersey: Part of the attraction of trying new routes overseas is that the outcome is unknown, but you know you’re going to be challenged more and adding to the trip is the cultural experience, meeting new people and travelling through new areas.  I commit to overseas expeditions with the knowledge that reaching the summit is only part of the journey and a lot of things have to fall into place for this to happen.

Expeditions offer a more intense climbing experience – more time, more suffering, more commitment, more camaraderie and more reward. It was an amazing adventure with great company and spectacular country and this is what entices me.


 

Feeling inspired to get your own expedition or adventure off the ground in 2015? Apply for The North Face Adventure Grant now, applications close on 31st Dec ’14.

 

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE NORTH FACE ADVENTURE GRANT 2014 RECIPIENTS

JOHN PRICE

Facebook: John Price Photography
Instagram: @johnpricephotography
Blog: John Climbs

PAUL HERSEY

Facebook: Paul Hersey Writes
Blog: Paul Hersey Writes

SHELLEY HERSEY

Blog: Seeking and promoting adventure