2019 Jen Higgins Recipients


Editor’s Note - The ACC maintains and administers funds to which people may apply for financial support for their mountain-related projects and initiatives - one of those awards is the Jen Higgins Grant for Young Women.

This year we have full-female teams going to Patagonia, Peru and Alaska. Read on for a more details on the trips and give them a follow for potential trip updates!

If you want to learn more about the Jen Higgins Grant, visit the link at the bottom of the post.

“Seeking Balance, Finding Adventure”

- Gabrielle Degagne, Mariam Krogh, Nicole Mesman

Social: @nmesman, @seekingbalancefindingadventure

For a one-month duration, the team will explore the rugged coastline of the Beagle Channel and Darwin Mountain Range in Patagonia by kayak and skis. The mission of their trip is to promote human powered travel to remote regions and to draw attention to the impacts of climate change in these regions.

ACC funded: $3,447

Cordillera Darwin from the Beagle Channel with many potential ski mountaineering options.

“The Climber’s Footprint”

- Joanna Bulmer, Heather Lightfoot

Social: @heather_lightfoot, @jobulmer

One-month objective to use climbing as a vehicle to build environmental and social awareness and action within the outdoor community. Travel to Huascaran National Park, Peru to climb 16-pitch, .13a trad route called “Cruz Del Sur”, a 600m .12c trad line called “Chappie” and to establish a new 5-10 pitch route on La Esfinge (The Sphinx). The group wants to work with the community to arrange for the erection of educational signage and a ‘biffy bag’ dispensary box at the basecamp area of La Esfinge to tackle to issue of human waste draining into natural water sources and contaminating major lakes.

ACC funded: $3,000

“Juneau Icefield Ski Traverse”

- Amaya Cherian-Hall, Claire Clarkson, Caleigh Warner, Sami Bierman

Social: @amayacherian

Self-propelled ski traverse for 15 days. The trek will be 160km across the Juneau Icefield between Juneau, Alaska and Atlin, British Columbia. The group of women will read, learn, research and engage with the landscape while pushing their personal limits. A main goal of this trip is to collect snow samples from their time on the glacier and send them to the Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP). Their hopes are to increase female representation and visibility in the outdoors!

ACC funded: $2,000

Promoting alpine-related outdoor pursuits for young women

The ACC is dedicated to helping young women pursue their adventure dreams with annual cash grants from the Jen Higgins Fund. Teams must include a young woman who is central to conceiving, developing and leading the trip.

The Jen Higgins Fund was established by friends and family to honour Jen Higgins after her death in 1997. Jen's enthusiasm and generous spirit continue to live on by supporting young women in creative, self-propelled, mountain adventures with this grant.

The Alpine Club of Canada is honoured to be able to continue Jen’s legacy of sharing knowledge and enthusiasm with others - the legacy of a truly adventurous and generous spirit.