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Please read the following carefully. Applicants planning their own expedition:
The Ritt Fund Advisory Committee wants students to understand that their expeditions should be responsibly planned and crafted with an emphasis and concern for their own well-being and safety.

An Open Letter to Ritt Fund Applicants

All applicants:
Although the Committee looks to criteria to review grant applications and strives to select responsible participants to receive Ritt grant funds, Colorado College and Ritt Fund staff and volunteers do not oversee, supervise or take responsibility for any aspect of the expedition or other activity that participants choose to undertake.

You must understand that, in developing your own expedition, engaging in one guided by an outside organization, or in participating in outdoor education activities, your safety and well-being is not guaranteed. Outdoor or wilderness adventure or educational activities include inherent and other risks that cannot be predicted or controlled, and that can lead to minor or serious injury, property damage, or even death. Expeditions may take place in remote, mountainous and difficult terrain and often involve hiking, rafting, mountaineering, including technical rock and ice climbing, glacier travel and other activities. Inherent and other risks can include high altitudes, difficult terrain, sudden and severe weather, falling rock, and avalanche danger. Even well-planned trips, run by the most experienced guides, can result in accidents, injury and death.

In receiving Ritt grant funds, and/or participating in a Ritt funded trip, you agree to accept responsibility for every aspect of the expedition or activity that you participate in, including the inherent and other risks of those activities. You will also be expected to sign the Participant Acknowledgment and Assumption of Risks & Release and Indemnity Agreement. Please refer to that Document (see the forms page) for a description of some of the risks associated with Ritt Fund activities, and your responsibilities.

Please pay attention to the criteria below and also in the proposal section. The success of your proposal and more importantly your trip, depends on preparing a thorough proposal. We have rejected numerous incomplete proposals in the past. Please sign the agreement as part of your proposal. All CC students requesting funding are required to sign this agreement.

The Ritt Kellogg Fund Advisory Committee

Trip Criteria

  • 2011 tripExpeditions must be wilderness based and at least 12 consecutive days in the field
  • Expeditions longer than 20 consecutive days in the field are eligible for a Spirit of Ritt Award
  • Back country skills acquisition focus
  • Strict adherence to your risk management and emergency evacuation plans
  • Minimum Impact Standards practiced
  • Trip applicants must be currently enrolled CC students and the expedition dates must occur no later than 8 months from graduation
  • Wilderness First Responder Certification must be current
  • A detailed First Aid kit list is required in the equipment list. Renting of First Aid kits is NOT permitted for any RKMF expedition
  • No solo expeditions
  • No recreational drugs or alcohol may be used on a Ritt Fund sponsored trip, as they may be counterproductive to safety
  • No weapons can be brought on an expedition
  • If an expedition makes material changes to their trip (dates, itinerary, members), they will be forced to return their funding

Wilderness First Responder

WFR certification is required for all Ritt Kellogg grant applicants and certification must be current at the time of expedition. Proof of WFR certification or letters of enrollment from your intended WFR provider are a proposal requirement. Applicants are responsible for finding their own WFR course. If there is a major problem scheduling a WFR please note this in your proposal and state your contingency plan. Funding will not be released to an expedition team until all proof of WFRs are provided.

Additional Notes

There is a limit of 1 expedition grant application per student per year. Expeditions are typically funded from $800-$1500/person based on a variety of factors. Expeditions that exceed 20 consecutive days in the field, and are therefore eligible for the Spirit of Ritt Award may be funded up to $2500/person.  You are responsible for coming up with additional funding if you are not funded in full.

Trips outside of Canada and the USA will not be funded.

We are more apt to fund plane tickets that originate from Denver/Colorado Springs and terminate in Denver/Colorado Springs. If they originate/terminate from another location we may fund them if the rate of travel is comparable to a ticket from Colorado Springs.

Make sure your team is committed to the plan before applying. Once funding is awarded, there is a strict policy to prohibit material changes to the expedition plan including changes in location, team members, activities, and risk level.