Lawrence, MA – Applications for the Polartec® Challenge, an international grant program encouraging human-powered outdoor adventure, are being accepted now for 2013. Polartec has supported hundreds of dreams through the Polartec® Challenge for over twenty years and will continue support through grant money and Polartec® product in 2013.
"Since 1991, Polartec has assisted some of the world’s greatest athletes and explorers," says Polartec Global Director of Marketing, Allon Cohne. “Polartec engineers fabrics designed for performance in all climates – from lightweight next-to-skin layers, to innovative insulation, and breathable waterproof protection – and we’re proud to work with athletes who put our products to the ultimate test."
Polartec Challenge Recipient Greg Hill completes his goal of skiing 2 million vertical feet in one year
The Polartec® Challenge Grant seeks to assist low-impact teams who respect the local culture and environment and serve as role models to outdoor enthusiasts worldwide. Applications are evaluated on the basis of vision, commitment, educational, and cultural value. The Polartec® Challenge is not the appropriate venue for projects that involve competition or fund raising.
Past recipients of the Polartec® Challenge Grant include outdoor pioneers and adventurers such as Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, Steve House, Marko Prezelj, Andrew McLean, Greg Hill and John Shipton. Recent Polartec Challenge Grant recipients include Mike Libecki, who is on a solo expedition to a restricted corner of northern Russia to climb walls that have never been explored before, and Jon Turk and Erik Boomer, who completed the first 1,400 mile circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island using kayaks, skis and sleds.
In addition to the grant money, all 2013 Polartec Challenge Grant recipients will be fully outfitted with Polartec® garments to keep them warm, dry and comfortable in weather around the globe.
The deadline for application submissions is December 15, 2012.
Jon Turk Circumnavigating Ellesmere Island
Jordan Romero's Seven Summit Quest
Polartec Advisory Board Member Janet Bergman
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