Young Explorer Grant: National Geographic

It’s funny- sometimes the moments in time that you dread and hate, are the ones that are the most important.

A little speckle of advice I just found on FB

A little speckle of advice I just found on FB

Last year I spent over eight months on the couch, rehabbing my knee and wishing that I was skiing. While I was angry at the time, I also got a lot done.

I spent hours working with Chicks with Stix on their new website and working with Zoe Jaboor and Lorraine Lock to help make the 2013 program happen. In that time as a team we raised over $11k for the program and ran five successful free workshops for female skiers and snowboarders who wanted to progress their freeride skills.

I also spent months, along with the rest of the Shifting Ice team, writing and re-writing pitches and grants to make our expedition to Greenland a possibility.

Shifting Ice and Changing Tides

The Shifting Ice and Changing Tides team

For me, those were some of the most important hours I spent in 2013. As a result, our team were able to raise enough support and funds to not only turn our pipe dream into an expedition but also to help fund the post production for any media that we do bring back.

Part of this due to a very exciting grant that I am honoured to have received. Every year, National Geographic award a group of under twenty five year olds with a grant to help them to make projects like Shifting Ice and Changing Tides a reality. In their words:

“An initial grant from National Geographic helped launch the careers of many of the Society’s, and our planet’s, most renowned explorers. We are committed—as we have been for more than a century—to supporting new generations of archaeologists, anthropologists, astronomers, conservationists, ecologists, geographers, geologists, marine scientists, adventurers, storytellers, and pioneers.”

It’s hard to put into words how excited and grateful I am to have received a Young Explorer’s Grant and to be working with an organisation like National Geographic as a grantee.

Instead of trying to explain this, I thought instead that I would share part of my application- my short. The aim was to introduce myself and why our expedition is so important to me. I was travelling around Europe at the time and did my best sans make-up artist… I was going for the authentic ski bum look.

My knee was operated on 12 months ago yesterday. Going into surgery last March I had no expectations that I would be where I am right now. We’re leaving for Greenland in nine days. Over the last week I have been doing training hikes without my knee brace and sometimes even skiing without it.

Hiking Glory Bowl on Teton Pass this week.Photo: SheJumps, Rachael Reich

Hiking Glory Bowl on Teton Pass this week.
Photo: SheJumps, Rachael Reich

This whole experience has taught me a huge lesson- despite how lost and depressed you feel, some things happen for a reason, not to hold you back but to give you time to grow.

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