Sara Campbell, Jake Christina, Eric Larson: Cloud Peak Ski Mountaineering. This expedition received a grant to ski the East Face Couloir of the 13,165-foot Cloud Peak in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains.
Jamie Musnicki, Molly Loomis, Ann Piersall: Women's Krygystan Expedition. Jamie, Molly, and Ann will be exploring the seldom visited Jetim-Bel Range of the Tien-Shan Mountains. The expedition's primary goal will be a second descent of the historic solo route by Ella Maillart of Sari Tor (4481m). In addition, the team will look at additional descents off the numerous 4,000- and 5,000-foot peaks neighboring Sari Tor.
Drew Pogge and Clark Corey: Tombstone Range Expedition. Clark Corey will join Backcountry Editor Drew Pogge for two weeks of exploration in this remote range of Canada's Yukon Territory. The 19th century gold rush has long brought people through nearby Dawson City, but the area's impressive ski potential remains largely untapped.
Nathan Rowland and Ollie Nieuland-Zlotnicki: Krygystan Exploration 2010. This expedition received a grant to explore the Al-Dytrr and Kary Sars Glaciers in Northeastern Kyrgystan. Nathan and Ollie will spend 18 days going light and fast with the hope of maximizing ski descents off the numerous and deserving sub 17,000-foot, technical ski descents in this seldom visited area near Khan Tengri.
Courtney Phillips: Revelation Mountains Exploration. Courtney will be traveling to Alaska to explore the Revelation Mountains, a largely unskied range southeast of the Alaska Range. His team will spend 20 days focusing solely on ski descents off peaks adjacent to the Revelation Glacier.
Jonathan Mingle: Indian Himalaya Ski Traverse. Jonathan received a grant from the Hans Fund last year for this expedition. Unfortunately, Jonathan was unable to complete his trip last year due to complications with logistics that could not be reconciled. Jonathan will be heading back to India this year, and the Fund is glad to be able to support him this year.
For further information on the Exploration Grant program go to hansfund.org. Next year's application deadline is March 1, 2011.