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MEC Adventure Grant

The MEC Adventure Grant Presented by VIMFF

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The MEC Adventure Grant will award funds to local teams who have exploratory and human powered objectives in adventurous arenas. Our aim is to support Canadian adventures both in our own backyard and around the world, while promoting a multitude of outdoor pursuits and bringing the resulting story to the VIMFF stage for our community to enjoy.

Applications are now closed for the 2019 grant.

Join us at the MEC Canadian Adventures show on Friday March 1st to hear the stories of the 2018 recipients and find out who will receive the 2019 awards.

2018 recipients

Join us at VIMFF on Friday March 1st to hear the stories from our 2018 adventure grant recipients:

VIMFF MEC adventure grant 2018 DREW COPELAND JON CHIANG

Drew and Jon are looking to capture the story about the water that flows into Howe Sound from the perspectives of it’s residents, recreationalists, and guardians. They aim to explore the headwaters of the Howe Sound and to use this to delve to the deeper theme of water, and the precious nature of these
glaciated, snowy wonderlands.
They will fly into Clenndining Lake, travel up the tongue of the Havoc Glacier and spend a week to ten days exploring Elaho Mountain, and the encompassing ice sheet, seeking first ski descents and first climbing ascents.
The classic adventure component of this narrative will be juxtaposed with the story of water, it’s vitality, scientific and cultural importance. In addition to their experience in the Head Waters, they will be conducting interviews with professors at Quest University and members of the Squamish Nation S?wx_wú7mesh Úxwumixw, to add depth to the film, using their perspective of water in Howe Sound.
With the rising popularity in outdoor adventure sports and tourism in Howe Sound, our understanding of the ecology and history of where we play is vital. The team wants to inspire people to continue to love the places they play in and gain a greater appreciation for the environment that surrounds them.

Follow their journey:

@Storiesandsnaps    @jonchiang

VIMFF MEC adventure grant 2018 Elissa Cummings
VIMFF MEC adventure grant 2018 Elissa Cummings

Elissa grew up on her mountain bike and by her mid teens was competitively racing and standing on podiums. In 2014 she crashed hard and suffered from post concussion syndrome. She was told to never race again, and after 2 months of bed rest, and almost no exercise for 2 years, she lost her identity as a mountain athlete.
Four years later at 21 years of age she is healthy and fit, and her passion for the outdoors is back and stronger than ever.
This summer she plans to bike the Continental Divide solo. Bike packing along the spine of the Rocky Mountain Chain, 4300km from Jasper, AB, to the Mexican Border.

Follow her trip:
@elissacummings

VIMFF MEC adventure grant 2018 Ian Holmes Robert Taylor

The unphotographed and unvisited North Face of Mt Seattle straddles the border of Alaska and the Yukon, deep in the Kluane Icefields. It’s 1500m North Face has the potential to hold some of the longest sustained steep
pitches in the world; the intention is to climb that face, and ride them. The team will travel 75km across the largest non-polar ice mass in the world in order to establish base camp below the North Face of Mt Seattle. The goal is simple: find what may be one of the steepest ski lines ever ridden.

Follow along:
@irrationalcarny

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