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History of Grants Awarded for Wilderness Expeditions



Kayakin' the Yukon: The Tatshenshini and Alsek Rivers

Zane Randell, Sam Sieniger, John Nestler


Mystery Mountain: Climbing in the Waddington Range

JD Merritt, Brett Baekey, Hanson Smith, Zach Keskinen


Northern Exposure: Backpacking in the South Chilcotin Mtns, BC

Julia Kelly, Sally Shatford, Veronica Spann, Emma Marshall 


Surf and Turf: Sea Kayaking and Climbing in Newfoundland

Jack Rodat, John Nestler, Niels Davis


Lotus Flower Power: Climbing in the Cirque of the Unclimbables 

Hannah Trim, Mareya Becker, Lauren Hebert


From East to West - Utah's High Uintahs

Nick Pinto, Jack Dimmit, Drew Huemmler, Mike Stevens




Wind River Ladies: Climbing in the Cirque of the Towers

Mareya Becker, Hannah Trim, Erin Bostic, Lauren Hebert, Skye Greenler


Spatsizi Wilderness: Exploring the Sacred Headwaters

Roz Brokaw, Grace Brofman, Mel Yemma


The Flashin' Aspens: Thru-Hiking the Colorado Trail

Audrey Burns, Anneliese Rice, Lindsey Pointer


Exploring the Lesser-Known Boundary Waters: Canoeing the Rio Grande

Ben Varick, Mike Curran, David Swift, Matt Liston


Only a Northern Song: Climbing in the Arrigetch Peaks

Niels Davis, Julian Kraus-Polk, Jack Rodat, Hanson Smith


The Wonderland Trail: Backpacking around Mt. Rainier

Kiko Sweeney, Megan Masuret, Sophie Ohaus, Kati Voeller


A Search for Solitude: Backpacking in the Escalante

Nick Pinto, Fletcher Keeley, Chandler Hartnett




Wild Women in Wild Wyoming: Backpacking to Bridger Lake

Meredith Bird, Haley Leslie-Bole, Lucy Gamble, and Fiona Haslett


Pilgrimage to the Range of Light: A Saunter in the Sierra

Lee Farese, Dan Lewis


A Mismatch Batch in the Kachemak

Karen Ritland, Daniel Boyes


Following in John Muir’s Footsteps

Kate Leaf, Leah Danze


Bug’n Out in the Bugaboos

Chris Dickson, David Fay, Leland Krych, John Collis


Jumpin' Jasper: Backpacking the North Boundary Trail

Sean Buck, Elizabeth Schoder


Rocky Mountain Field Institute: Environmental Service and Canyoneering Adventure Program – Blue Gramma Wall, Canyonlands, UT

RMFI staff and 8 Colorado College participants,in collaboration with the Ahlberg Adventure Fund:Caley Gallison (group leader), Fiona Haslett (group leader), Roy Dornbrook, Colin McCarey, Alexander Robertson, Elena Biagioni, Hillie Teller, and Jacob Sullivan.




Caressing the Void: Part Deux

Rob Bishop, Garret Lund, Jack Fields, and Sam Pfeifer


Hiking Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

Nikhil Ranadive, Max Stein, Lindsay Chan, and Alex Gould


Adamant About the Adamants

Drew Thayer, Daniel Rothberg, and Erik Rieger


Call to the Mountains

Ian Heyse, Jack Fields, and Peter Kernan


Into the Arrigetch

Susanna McMillan, Erica Wineland-Thomson, Sally Hardin, Karen Ritland, and Katherine Rice


Hardy Horsewomen

McKenzie Woolley, Claire McKeever, Lucille Holtsnider, and Lauren Foster


The Ontario Trio

Martha Brummitt, Annie Graeter, and Anna Johnson


Rocky Mountain Field Institute: Environmental Service and Canyoneering Adventure Program – Indian Creek, Canyonlands, UT

RMFI staff and 8 Colorado College participants, in collaboration with the Ahlberg Adventure Fund:Annie Graeter (Trip Leader), Alexis Johnson (Trip Leader), Allison Stewart, Thomas Mannion, Alexander Trowbridge, Kate Merges, Maleeka Marsden, Karen Ritland




Gettin’ After the Arrigetch

Kate Aitchison, Anna Perks, Chelsea Denlow


Climbing Classic Routes in the Bugaboos

Hale Melnick, Erik Rieger


Getting the Goat – The Spatsizi Wilderness by Foot

Seth Brayton, Nick Chambers, Trevor Cobb, John Gioia, Ken Voeller


Journey through the Islands at the Edge of the World: Sea Kayaking the Haida Gwaii

Tara Davis, Lauren Sinnott, Fiona Smith


Two Gals and The Bob: An Epic “Farewell-For-Now” to the Rocky Mountain West

Claire Skrivanos, Rachel Weitzenkorn


Good ‘Ol Green

Zak Podmore, Elliot Goldman


Gone through Oregon: Lightweight Backpacking on the Pacific Crest Trail

Jack Siddoway, Max Stein


Chuggin’ in the Chugach: Four Women Trek to Discover the Wild

Eleanor Anderson, Sarah Delaney, Beth Kochevar, and Simone Phillips


Canadian Voyageurs: Whitehorse to Dawson City, Yukon River

Martha Brummitt, Alex Gould, Annie Graeter, Nikhil Ranadive, & Katie Rice


Endless Summer: The Search for the Perfect Granite

Drew Thayer and Daniel Rothberg


Caressing the Void

Garret Lund, Josh Anderson, Rob Bishop, Sam Pfeifer


Angling the Divide FlyFishing in the Teton Wilderness, Wyoming

Wesley Paulson, Kyle Dern


Mixed Mammals 2010: Desert Rats and hangdogs take on the Bugaboos

Chris Barlow, Nathan Brand, Tim Gibson


Rocky Mountain Field Institute: Environmental Service and Canyoneering Adventure Program - 4x4 Wall Bridger Jack Mesa, Canyonlands Utah

RMFI staff and 12 CC students, in collaboration with the Ahlberg Adventure Fund




The Wranglers of Hidden Valley

Emily Capelin, Zak Randell


The River Why?  South Nahanni River

Emily Capelin, Zak Randell, Amanda Nichols, Zak Podmore, Will Staufer-Norris, Anya Tyson


Wild Women in the Wild West

Meriwether Hardie, Angela Eastman, Becky Rittenburg, Liza Mitchell


Pushing Past the Boundaries, Discovering the Quetico

Tyler Doane, John Knight, Claire Skrivanos, Rachel Weitzenkorn


Canadian Chaos

Zion Klos, Michael Waldeck


Continental Chiropractors

Annie Whetzel, Emily Reinsel


Riding the Spine, Biking the Continental Divide Mexico/Canada

David Sullivan, Julianne Kellogg


A Maze'd and Happy: Canyon Country by Boot & Boat

Anya Tyson, Zak Podmore, Eddie Hazera


Magnificent 6 and the Search for the Holy Trail

Leslie Kinson, Hunter Allen, Patrick Minot, Morgan McInvaille, Jack Tolan, Emily Havens


Rocky Mountain Field Institute: Environmental Service and Canyoneering Adventure Program –Indian Creek, Canyonlands Utah

RMFI staff and 11 CC students, in collaboration with the Ahlberg Adventure Fund




Adamant About Adventure

Sam Wilson , Stephen Ullman and Rowan Hill


Tangled Wrangell Angle: Open Eyes on the Wild

Aaron Browne , Jacob Reuter, Eli Horowitz and Stewart Motta


The Alaskan Arctic: A Trek through the Tundra

Michael Mastanduno, Dan Foldes, and Reggie Yemma


In Search of the Golden Spruce

Addie Schwarz, Meredith Bush, and Naomi Marshall


Transitions, Lessons from the Mountains of Vancouver Island

David Bowen, Turner Resor, and Leath Tonino


Not Your Average Jog Around the Park: A running adventure in Yosemite

Jennifer Leichliter, Allison Rowe, and Megan Zaranek


The British Bushwhacking Brigade!

Emily Reinsel, Emily Capelin, Adam Plourde and Dakin Henderson


NOLS Wind River Range Mountaineering

Peter Kernan


To Dreams of an Albatross: Sailing and Rowing the Coast of British Columbia

Brook Brouwer  Clara Carroll  Mike Di’Giulio, Mathew Gettleman, Kylie Manson, and Colin Stroud


Rocky Mountain Field Institute: Environmental Service and Canyoneering Adventure Program –Battle of the Bulge, Canyonlands Utah

RMFI staff and 4 CC students, in collaboration with the Ahlberg Adventure Fund




Graduating in the Dark

Jason Callegari, Scott Hutchins, and Dan Lustick



Libby Bushell  Colin Kelly, Jake O’Brien and Molly Perlman


Breaking the Ice Ceiling: An Expedition to Alaska’s Mount Blackburn

Sheldon Kerr, Arica Crootof, and Carrie Sessions


Learning to Walk Again: A Lightweight Journey Through the High Sierras

Robert Andre and David Sullivan


Gaia’s Home: An Olympic Voyage

Sophia Chudacoff, Julianne Aiello, and Alexandra Titterington


Born for the Morne

Clara Carroll, Kylie Manson, and Naomi Marshall


Banff National Park – Bringing the Funke into the Woods

Shockey Funke, Nancy Calhoun, Chris Lathrop and Molly Long


Challenge and Reflection in the Temagami Wilderness

Jennifer LaBudde and Erica Simpson


Rocky Mountain Field Institute:  Castelton Tower, Utah

RMFI staff and 9 CC students from “Break Out” Program





Chris Simons, Liza McElroy, and Catie Carter


From 923 Weber to Mount Fairweather

Tim Barker, Erik Wortman, and Justin Strauss


Climbing Giants: An Expedition to the Waddington Range

Johnny Thomson and Alexander Knecht


Sun, Snow and Alpine Glow: Skiing California’s High Sierra

Patrick Sullivan, Anno Davis, Ben Taylor, Aiden Doane


Girls in the Gates

Molly Perlman, Jane Roberts, Mary Teuscher, and Meghan Woolley


Lotus Flower Power

Jeremy Roop and Elena Mihaly


Women in the Wilderness: Babes in the Bob

Emilie Dorff, Betsy Friedlander, and Taylor Shekell


Breasts on the West Buttress

Libby Bushell, Nancy Calhoun, and Sheldon Kerr


No Bugs, No Bears: A Very Un-Alaska Adventure

Kelly Ryan, Christina von Mertens, Ashley Albright, and Blaque Reily-Orth


Heading Home: A Journey

Kate Dawson, Matt Gettleman, Jackie Pitts, and Colin Stroud


Rocky Mountain Field Institute:  Canyonlands Utah

RMFI staff and 9 CC students from “Break Out” Program




Guillemot-ley Crew

Tim Barker, Susan Hoff, Erik Wortman


Tour de Gila

Amanda Dooley, Scott Hutchins, Dan Lustick


Scaling the High Sierras by Ski

Jason Callegari, Ben Taylor, Johnny Thomson


Women in the Winds

Meaghan Daly, Julia Morton, Rebecca Schild, Anno Davis


Alaska: Part Deux

Joe Forrester, Joel Irby, David Hoven


Commencement: Reconnecting on the Noatak River

Jenine Durland, Becca Rich, Liza Springmeyer, Tess Weidner, Becca Willis


Drivin’ Thunder

Liza McElroy, Catie Carter, Molly Perlman, Stephen Ullman


RMFI Indian Creek/Cat Wall Trail Building Project

Mark Hesse, staff and 7 CC students from “Break Out” Program




High Altitude Trashmen

Micah Dolcort-Silver, Joe Forrester, Dave Hoven, Joel Irby


Bush-planes and Paddles and Bears, Katmai

Tim Barker, Dan Goodnow, Julie Megler, Laurel Schoenbohm, Erik Wortman


The Moisie River Voyagers

Dane Stevens, Reed Ryan, Jon Souter, Peter Anderson


The Tooth Trek

Anno Davis, Amamda Strauss, Melissa Morris


Kate and Madaleine’s Excellent Adventure in the North Cascades

Kate Davenport, Madaleine Sorkin


The Long Trail

Matt Lee, McKinley Childress


Ridge Traverses and Summits of the High Sierra: The Sequel

Chris Benoit, Mona Johnston, Meaghan Daly


Eastern Vagabonds: Exploring the Appalachian Trail

Julia Morton


Feeling Heavenly in Olympic National Park

Sterling Roop, Daniel Max Christiansen, William McBride


ORCA 2 Whitewater Course at Paddlefoot

Ryan Reed


River Rescue Course, Summit Kayak

Dane Stevens




Exploration of the Wind River Mountain Range

Erin Durant


The Naughty Nomads

Garan Mangan-Dimuzio, McKinley Childress, John “Brooks” Mason


Paddling Manitoba’s Pigeon River

Max Stevens, Jesse Porter-Henry, Colin Moffat, David Shively


The Slickrock Odyssey

Ryan McKeon, Anderson Shepard


Pacific Crest Trail: From Onyx to Echo Lake

Bailey Nelson, Katie Guffin


An Adventure in Mount Edziza Provincial Park, Canada

Dave Chalmer, Michael Goldstone, Jared Pruch, Doug Vilsack


RMFI Indian Creek/Bridger Jack Trail Building Project

Mark Hesse, staff and 12 CC students from “Break Out” Program


NOLS Outdoor Educator’s Mountain Course, Washington

Dave Fowler


NOLS Instructor’s Mountain Course, Wyoming

Chessie Thacher


Learning Glacier Travel with AMG, Alaska

Zach Paquette, Lisa Van Sciver


AMGA Rock Climbing Guides Course

Hamish Gowans




NOLS River Instructor’s Course

Patrick Kearney


NOLS Baja Sea Kayaking Expedition

Elizabeth A. Kemp


Silverton Avalanche Course Level 1

Michiel Zuidweg


ANWR: A Quest for Preservation

Phoebe Garfinkel, Frankee Grove, Dana Larkin, Laurel Schoenbohm


Climbing the Unclimbables

Daniel Strauss, Evan Horn


Ridge Traverses and Summits of the Sierra

Chris Benoit, Mona Johnston


The Wrangellers – Wrangell-St. Elias Pack-Raftng

Dan Dryden, Dave Fowler, Sam Newbury, Ben Wurzel




Dreaming of Denali – A Mountaineering Adventure

Katy Robin Garton and Rachel Garton


Glacier Bay Sea Odyssey

Mike Gerbec, Andrew Kundtz


Lake Superior to Lake Winnipeg

Seth Cowdery, Karl Thompson


Missinaibi River Expedition

Hadley Clark, Bonnie Keeler, Tracy Shapiro, Justin West


Olympic Hopefuls Going for Gold

Hamish Gowans, Susan Meredith, John Sasser


Pacific Crest Trail, 2600 Miles Mexico to Canada

Peter Mattox


The Pika Proposal

Brian Donovan, Ben Lamm, Brian Sohn




Pack-rafting the Brooks Range

Brook Brichard, Dan Dryden, Sam Newbury, Thor Tingey, Philip Wiedner


Firth River Expedition

Andy Tankersley


Payasten Packers

Clara Savage, Ellie Martin, Molly Higginbottom


Restoring Hiking Trails

Robin Bay


Sawtooth Summer

Chessie Thacher, Emily Stifler, Julia Niles, Laura Ogden


The Juneau Ice Field

Katy-Robin Garton, Rachel Garton, Anna Jansen, Molly Loomis


AMS Mountaineering Course

Susan Meredith




The Wind Rivers

Brian Donovan, Mike Gerbec, Ben Lamm, Brian Sohn


The Lotus Flower Tower & the Nahanni River

Nathan Welton


Northwest Territories Canoe Expedition

Andrea Wedul


Death Valley/High Sierra Bicycle Alpine Rock Expedition

Nick Robbins, Joe Gartner


“Little Switzerland”

Melis Coady, Shannon Anderson, Molly Loomis, Rachel Garton


Through the Avenue of Volcanoes

Zach Brandau, Mike Toomey, Aaron Reiter



Henery Eichman, Tyler Mintkeski, John Novembre, Andrew Usher


Ruth Gorge Climbing Expedition

Louis Sass, Andrew Larson


The Yukon Song

Jack Sasser, Nicole Garst, Andrew Hersh, Sepp Jannotta




The Cirque of the Towers

Monica Breed, Chris Carithers


Pack-rafting the Alaska Range

Thor Tingey, Philip Weidner, Brook Buchard, Kai Ferrara, Sam Newbury


Yukon Biking Wilderness

Tina Brachle, Joanna Lemly, Emily Harrington


The Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon & Washington

Brian Reif


Circumnavigation of Iceland by Bike

Chad Brocker, Gianmarco Cilli, Adam Lampton, Eric Saline


Backpacking in the Cordillera Blanca & the Cordillera Huayhuash

Rima Givot, Molly Ogilby


Advanced Mountaineering – AMS

Melis Coady




Southwest Desert Expedition

Kristin Jaeger, Amy Thomas


Alaska Sea Kayaking Trip

Emily Brendler, Rima Givot, Cheyenne Jones, Molly Ogilby, Nicole Klimt


Cordillera Huayhuash Range in Peru

Sarah Beaubien, Caroline Seaman


The Appalachian Trail

Kari Brunner


Alpine Mountaineering Course

David Johnson


Mexico’s Copper Canyon and Beyond

Keri Tessler, Brian Abbott


Northwest Adventure

Andrew Wexler


Survival Living in the Southern Appalachians

Robert Lamb


Sea Kayaking the Inside Passage

Ethan Abbott, Simon Keilty, Andrew Kundtz


Summit Mount Fairweather

John Piedrahita, Jason Hall, Nik Bertuli




Exploration of the Swlawik River Territory

Koben Christianson


Washington State’s Cascade Mt. Range

Singell Agnew, Lisa Vetterlein, Amy Cusic


Kayaking on the Tsarap/Zanskar/Indue Rivers

Culley Thomas, Jacob Perlitz, Toby Minear


Alaska Range Expedition on Foraker’s Sultana Ridge

Kishen Mangat David Barnett


Trek Through the Eastern Cordillera of Ecuador

Jennifer Simon, Peter McDowell


Maine Island Trail in Sea Kayaks

Andrew Shoff, Michael Feuer


Mountaineering Trip to Coastal British Columbia

Louis Sass, Ian Kipp, David Johnson




Tripyramid Ridge in the Alaska Range

Turner Grant, David Barmett, Kate Stevenson


Devil’s Thumb, Yukon Territory

Kishen Mangat, Joshua Howell, William Parsons


Expeditionary Canuck Expedition

Sarah Rice


Bugaboos, B.C.

Andrew Wexler, Cy Keener