Climbing Exchange Grant
The Anatoli Boukreev Memorial
Fund is proud to announce the following grant awards.
2003 - Valetova Elena Evgenyevna: A young women
from Almaty, Kazakhstan has been chosen to receive a grant to climb in the US in
2003. Schooled in Economics and Management she works as a Chief Accountant,
plays classical piano and rides horses competitively. Member of the Central
Sports Club of the Army, Valetova has numerous ascents in the Tien Shan
Melis Coady, Aubrey Knapp, Keri Meagher and
Molly Loomis have been chosen to receive a grant to attend a Russian Climbing
Camp near Almaty and then climb Khan Tengri. This group of American Women are
all NOLS instructors and Alaska guides. Under a grant from the American Alpine
Club they recently completed a ski expedition to Kamchatka, in Far East Russia.
Climber Molly Loomis' flight ticket was donated by SummitClimb.com.
Briefly this is the American Group:
Melis Coady – Speaks Russian, B.A. Central
Asian Studies, NOLS instructor, member of the Talkeetna Volunteer Fire
Department, ascents in Alaska include Denali and Foraker as well as numerous
ascents in the Chugach, Wind River and Cascade Ranges.
Aubrey Knapp – B.A. from Berkeley, EMS Medic at
the Girdwood, Alaska Fire Department, NOLS Instructor, Ski instructor University
Keri Meagher – B.S. University of Colorado,
Kinesiology. NOLS Instructor, Instructor at Alaska Pacific University, numerous
ascents in Selkirk, Alaska and Chugach Ranges.
Molly Loomis – B.A. Political Science, also
studied in both France and Argentina, fluent in Spanish and French. NOLS
instructor with climbs Alaska and rock/mixed climbs in numerous areas in the
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opportunity a reality.
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shared his love of the high mountains with a passion that transcended national
divisions. He combined his early training in the former Soviet Union with his
extensive Himalayan experience to achieve new levels of physical and
psychological endurance. Between 1988 and 1997, Anatoli made 18 ascents to8000
meters, including eleven of the fourteen 8000 meter peaks without oxygen- four
within a ninety day period-establishing difficult technical routes as well as
speed records. Friendship with his fellow mountaineers from around the world was
as important to Anatoli as testing his abilities in the mountains. Even after
his death in an avalanche on Annapurna on December 25, 1997, his example as a
mountaineer and a person has remained an inspiration to people around the
Anatoli was grateful for his training in the mountaineering tradition of the
former Soviet Union. His dream was to see its emphasis on teamwork,
structured competitive training, and disciplined acclimatization survive and be
integrated with the individualistic style and environmental ethic of the
west. In his memory, the Anatoli Boukreev Memorial Fund strives to
celebrate his spirit by providing financial and logistical support for
cross-cultural climbing exchanges involving young mountaineers from Anatoli's
region, the Tien Shan and Pamir mountains, and from other ranges of the world.
Anatoli Boukreev Memorial Fund has supported two young Kazakh mountaineers
on an expedition to the United States and supported an American climber's
expedition to the International Mountaineering Camp in the Tien Shan where he
and two partners from Kazakhstan climbed the spectacular and technical Khan
Tengri (7010 meters). We supported a joint Kazakh-US expedition to Shishapangma
(8008 meters) which reached the summit and made the first snowboard descent of
an 8000 meter peak, and donated climbing equipment to the climbing clubs of
this strong beginning and with your ongoing support and interest, we will
continue to provide financial and organizational assistance for future
exchanges, expeditions, and high altitude training camps, to celebrate and
strengthen the bond of friendship shared by mountaineers around the world.
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