Horrible News: Galen and Barbara Rowell 

The contributions of the Rowell's in photography, was only eclipsed by their contributions as human beings. Galen was an artist, capturing the depth and breadth of the mountain environs and his interpretations of those scenes often provided our sense of humanity and conscience about our lives in high places. The mountain gods must surely be weeping in their throne rooms; rooms imagined, envisioned and created for our enjoyment by Galen and Barbara. The Anatoli Boukreev Memorial Fund

For more on their death see Horrible News: Galen and Barbara Rowell

From Brenton Reagan, one of the exchange climbers from this year's program:

Just got back in town a few days ago and had an unbelievable trip. Everyday was a different and amazing adventure. I cannot thank you, Jack and the rest of the board for a fantastic chance to climb in Asia. I don't know what to say except that I owe you guys big time. I did not make it to the top I only got to around 21,000 feet due the fact that I got a stomach bug at the beginning of the trip and it cost me the days needed to make it to the top. It doesn't matter because I made it back safe and in one piece. Zach did make it to the top probably due to the fact that he was better acclimated and managed to stay healthy and got to 13,500 about four days before me.

Congratulations to Simone Moro for receiving the David A Sowles award for bravery at the 100th American Alpine Club meeting. In his acceptance speech Simone said that he was a student of Anatoli's and did as Anatoli would have. Simone risked his own life to save a climber during his attempt at the Everest-Lhotse traverse. His unselfish acts cost him that traverse. See more about Simone Moro at Risk Online's pages

Applications are now being taken for the 2003 exchange grants. Applications are due by September 30th. They can be mailed to PO Box 1170, Sandia Park, NM 87047 or faxed to 800-743-1929. The grants are matching fund grants and will be awarded to the extent funds are available. If selected, we will let you know how much is being awarded. You will be responsible for making up the difference before any grants will be disbursed to you. Our goal, which is subject to fund raising efforts and donations, is to provide a grant for half of the total trip costs.  Please see this link below for more information.

Andrey Barbashinov, a strong and outgoing young climber from Kazakhstan, who became the first climber this year to climb Denali was killed in a motorcycle accident near Salt Lake City. Andrey exemplified the highest dreams of our program by making friends everywhere he went in the U.S. as part of this year's exchange. Please go here for more information about Andrey.

Congratulations to Zack Martin, Brenton Reagen, and Chris Davis. they were selected from among many strong applicants to participate in this year's exchange to the Tien Shan mountains.

USHBA has started manufacture of a special edition titanium ax for the Anatoli Boukreev Fund. The Altai ax is laser etched with a photo of Anatoli and signature. Only 100 of these will be produced and each is numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Watch this site for a photo and more information soon. E mail us at for price.

Best wishes to Gerard Brillantes, who is working on a Russian-English climbing dictionary. The ABMF is happy to support projects such as his which help bridge the language gap and make it easier for climbers of many lands to enjoy the mountains together safely!

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