Shipton/Tilman and Gino Watkins to support expedition

We are grateful to announce that we have been selected as the recipient of two exploration grants for our upcoming trip:

GORE-TEX® Brand Shipton/Tilman Grant

This grant is awarded to small, unencumbered teams of friends with daring and imaginative goals.  The expedition team must plan to accomplish their feat in a self-propelled, environmentally sound and cost-effective way.  Shipton and Tilman both explored the farthest reaches of the planet. Bill Tilman became one of the most accomplished deep sea sailors of his generation, using the world’s oceans to provide unique access points for mountain climbing. W. L. Gore & Associates, inventors of comfort and protection GORE-TEX ® product technology, established this annual grant program in 1990 as a tribute to Shipton and Tilman and their belief that the best expeditions use small, compact teams, and minimize their impact on local populations and ecosystems. Learn more

Scott Polar Research Institue / Gino Watkins Memorial Fund

The Gino Watkins Memorial Fund is a trust raised as a memorial to H. Gino Watkins, a young explorer who lost his life in Greenland in 1932. The joint Trustees, the Royal Geographical Society and the University of Cambridge, appoint a committee to implement the Fund’s objects which are:
(a)    The improvement and diffusion of knowledge of the Polar Regions
(b)    The promotion of the acquisition of the special knowledge necessary for the success of Polar Exploration and for the prevention of accidents and loss of life on Polar expeditions and
(c)    With the view to the objects aforesaid the assistance by financial or other means of suitable Polar expeditions.

The Fund endeavours to increase our knowledge of one of the least known, but most important parts, of our planet, and also to stimulate the lasting qualities of enterprise, endurance and leadership gained in this uniquely arduous (Arctic) environment.  Learn more

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