American Alpine Club: Live Your Dream

posted by dpm on 01/10/2013


The American Alpine Club has announced that it's time to get in your application requesting a "Live Your Dream" grant. Most grants are reserved for the super-elite requesting funding for an Antarctic expedition or a trip to the Himalayas. The "Live Your Dream" grant is different. It's a way for the Alpine Club to connect with the heart of their members, the average climber. They realize that even though you might not be at the cutting edge of the sport, achieving your personal dreams and aspirations is just as important. Your dream might be to take a climbing road trip and see America or go to Hueco Tanks and climb the classic Melon Patch (V0). No dream is too big or too small! 

From the AAC:

Live Your Dream Grants = ticket to jumpstart your climbing aspirations. These grants are designed for you,the every-day adventurer, and you don’t need an elite outdoor resume (or even much experience) to apply.

Live Your Dream Grants seek to fund unforgettable experiences that make you a more passionate climber who gains the skills and confidence to dream even bigger next time. We encourage you to gather a friend or three, build your dream trip or experience, and then send us an application.

We like making dreams come true for everybody. We fund climbers of all ages and experience levels, as well as a range of climbing disciplines (including but not limited to: bouldering, sport climbing, traditional rockclimbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, ski mountaineering, peak running, exploration, you name it). There are no limits to your dreams, and there are no limits to the kinds of applications we will review. Impress us with your dream, and we just might fund it.

APPLICATION PERIOD: January 1 - March 1.

Grant winners will be announced 4-6 weeks after application deadline.

Click here to read more about, and apply for, a Live Your Dream grant.


Click the image to watch a video made by Kevin Ziechman, 2012 recipient of a Live Your Dream grant. 

Ziechman applied for a grant to climb at Smith Rock, Oregon. His video description: A few months ago I received a grant from the American Alpine Club to climb at Smith Rock, OR. It was the first time I had flown to climb, and the routes and landscape at Smith didn't disappoint. This video documents that trip, and the bigger role it played in my life at the time.