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The VIMFF Coast Mountain Adventure Grant


Presented by Arc’teryx

The VIMFF Coast Mountain Adventure Grant presented by Arc'teryx is now closed for applications.

The 2024 grant recipient has been announced (see below) and we will open again for the 2025 application later this year.

Applications are now closed for this year’s VIMFF Coast Mountain Adventure Grant presented by Arc’teryx: a grant to enable local explorers and adventurers to undertake their dream expeditions.

The VIMFF Coast Mountain Adventure Grant will award a total of $3000 to local adventurers who have exploratory and human powered objectives in the Coast Mountains of the Pacific North West. Our aim is to support Canadian adventures in our own backyard, while promoting a multitude of outdoor pursuits and bringing the resulting story to the VIMFF stage for our community to enjoy.

Details & Requirements:

  • Open for applications November 15, 2023 and closes January 31, 2024.
  • Recipients of the grants will be awarded at the 27th annual VIMFF in February 2024.
  • The supported expedition must take place between March and December 2024.
  • The grant is open to residents of British Columbia and Alberta.
  • Expeditions must be exploratory in nature and take place in the Pacific Coast Range of Western North America.
  • Any and all human powered outdoor pursuits will be considered, including, but not limited to: cycling, hiking, trail running, climbing, skiing and paddling.
  • Expedition participants must be extensively prepared, through both physical training and gear preparation.
  • Recipients must be self-reliant and carry appropriate safety gear and communication devices relevant for the location and activity.
  • Participants must minimize environmental impacts and practice safe, responsible use of the outdoors.

2024 Recipient

Kieran Brownie - Traversing Temixw

The route follows the hydrological boundary of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Temíxw, skirting the edges of the Sims, Elaho and Clendinning watersheds. Within Coastal mountaineering lore it is known as the Stoltmann Traverse after a young mountaineer, Randy Stoltmann, who made the journey in 1993. Randy was inspired by the journals of Stanley Smith, a man who walked through these mountains one-hundred years prior. In turn I am inspired by Randy and his way of being in the mountains, of moving slowly, not bound to any one specific goal other than becoming more acquainted with the area. As a photographer I am looking forward to carrying my camera on this journey to help share the experience. Randy and team spent 16 days on the route, covering 120km and just under 10,000m of elevation. The 2024 trip will be done in the same style, in honour of Randy and his approach to the mountains. As he wrote in 1993, “Stop. Think. Listen. Hear the roaring vastness of a great valley, or the sigh of the wind in the treetops, or the eternal thunder of breakers on the shore. Then go back and speak to the world from your heart.”

Kieran Brownie

With family scattered across the British Colonies, Kieran is the first to be born on the West Coast. As a photographer and writer first, he has spent much of the last decade with the mountains learning how to move efficiently in ever more technical terrain. With a draw to climbing big walls in-a-day or pushing his capacity for single-push, door-to-door link-ups. He loves being “out there” and so as time went on he started wondering why he was always in such a rush to get home. This trip is an expression of curiosity for a different approach that requires less hyphens.
1. Klattasine Ridge 2. Elaho Goats(RS) 3. Tsewilx (Jonny Williams)

The VIMFF Initiatives

VIMFF supports the local outdoor community with the following initiatives:
vimff womens summer climbing program xvimff tim jones award x no CTAvimff arcteryx film grant xvimff coast mountain adventure grant arcteryx xvimff new voices grant xvimff photo comp x
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