The BMC International Committee has awarded BMC expedition grants for 2008 to 11 expeditions and has approved others.
There has been considerable financial belt tightening in this area since UKSport ceased funding the BMC for such awards. However, through prudent management in previous years the committee has £14,000 to award this year.
At the outset, the International Committee decided to award grants to just 11 trips with other worthwhile trips being awarded the status of an approved expedition. Although expeditions awarded approved status do not receive any financial support from the BMC they do find that status very helpful when seeking sponsorship, obtaining permits for peaks, dealing with government departments, and so on. The BMC awards for 2008 are as follows.
BMC expedition awards 2008
1. British Phari Lapcha (Machermo) 2008, Leader James Thacker, £800
2. Beka Brakkai Chhok 2008, Leader Patricia Deavoll, £400
3. Khumbu Alpine Style, Leader Nick Bullock, £1,100
4. Buckskin Glacier Take Two, Alaska 2008, Leader Jon Bracey, £1,600
5. British Tasermiut Fjord 2008, Leader Ged Desforges, £2,400
6.British Darwin Range Expedition 2008, Leader Simon Yates, £1,100
7. Cordillera Blanca 2008, Leader Anthony Barton, £400
8. UK-Canadian Distaghil Sar Expedition 2008, Leader Bruce Normand, £2,000. This expedition also received the Nick Estcourt award.
9. Chimanta 2008, Leader Anne Arran, £1,600. Anne has also been awarded the Alison Chadwick Memorial Grant for 2008
10. British Hispar Sar Expedition 2008, Rufus Duits, £300
11. Queens University Belfast Ren Land Expedition, Leader Anthony Garvey, £600
Expeditions awarded Approved status
12. British Nyainquentanglha West Expedition, Leader Derek Buckle
13. Eagle Ski Club Lhagu Expedition, Leader David Wynne-Jones
14. North West Territories 2008, Leader Trystan Jones-Morris
15. Pompey - Eastern Blanca - Peru 2008, Leader Ken Findlay
16. Greenland Ren Land Expedition 2008, Leader Nathanial Spring
17. British Sikkim Expedition 2008, Leader Roger Payne
18. Trango 2008 - The Free Dream, Leader Jerry Gore
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