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The goal of expedition grants is to promote adventurous climbing and provide resources for climbers to explore and attempt challenging climbs. We want to help spread the knowledge gained through these activities to the climbing community. While grants are not large enough to entirely finance an individual expedition, it is hoped that they make it possible for a few climbers to gain experience in mountain areas of the world otherwise out of reach.
Expedition Grant FAQs
Grant applications are due by January 15 for expeditions to be held the next year, except for the Bob Wilson Grants, which are due 6 months earlier (bu July 4 each year).
As a general rule, grants are not awarded to guided trips or for trips requiring extended support above base camp.
If you are the recipient of a grant, grant funds are treated as income by the IRS and you will receive a 1099-MISC form for any grant over $600. The grantee is responsible for paying all applicable taxes.
There is a list of requirements for all grantees that you can find at the bottom of this page. The short list includes: Social media mentions, Post-trip expedition report, mention of Mazamas in all written communication about the expedition, commitment to the Mazamas mission. Please review the full list prior to applying.
The goal of expedition grants is to promote adventurous climbing and provide resources for climbers to explore and attempt challenging climbs. Some grants are specific to Mazama members, but we want to encourage non-Mazama as well as Mazama members to apply for the ALPINE ADVENTURE GRANT.
Bob Wilson Expedition GRants
Fred Beckey Grants
Monty Smith Memorial Grants
Alpine Adventure Grants
You can find a complete list of past grantees here.
Mazama Fred Beckey Grants
In the spirit of Fred Beckey who inspired many climbers in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, this grant is intended for Mazamas members of all skill levels to get out and set climbing goals that will push their limits and grow as climbers. If you are ready to explore new areas, test your skills and advance to the next stage of your climbing career, then dream big and push your limits. Learn more.
Mazama Monty Smith Memorial Grants
Monty Smith was a highly accomplished mountaineer who gave greatly of his time and talents to the Mazamas from 1993 to 2010. He taught numerous courses, led dozens of climbs, and served on several committees, including the Expedition Committee. Monty went on climbing expeditions to Mexico, Alaska, South America, Europe, and Asia. This grant is awarded to Mazama members who wish to attempt challenging climbing expeditions around the world, to encourage members to follow in Monty’s footsteps. Learn more.
Mazama Bob Wilson Grants
Mazamas have historically been leaders in exploring and climbing in the great and remote mountain ranges of the world. The purpose of the Bob Wilson Grants is to provide annual financial support to Mazama members who are organizing and/or leading expedition climbing ventures in the high or remote mountain regions of the world. The Bob Wilson Grants are intended to stimulate, inspire, and celebrate a renewed culture of exploratory climbing within the Mazamas and to reward our most dedicated and engaged members. Learn more.