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MEC Adventure Grant

The MEC Adventure Grant Presented by VIMFF

VIMFF and MEC are proud to announce applications are now being accepted for this year’s Adventure Grant: a grant to enable local explorers and adventurers to undertake their dream expeditions.

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.

Details & Requirements:
• The MEC Adventure Grant opens for applications November 13th 2018 and closes January 15th 2019.
• Recipients of the grants will be awarded at the 22nd annual VIMFF in February 2019.
• The supported expedition must take place between February 2019 and January 2020.
• The MEC Adventure grant is open to Canadian residents of British Columbia and Alberta only.
• Expeditions must be exploratory in nature.
• Any and all human powered outdoor pursuits will be considered, including but not limited to: cycling, hiking, trail running, climbing, skiing and paddling.
• There are no geographical restrictions regarding the expedition.
• 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.

• The trip must take place between February 2019 and January 2020.
• At least one member of the team must give a presentation on their trip at the VIMFF in February 2020.
• A trip report must be submitted to VIMFF for use in VIMFF and/or MEC social media channels, online blogs, or print advertising.
• Photographs and/or video from the expedition must be submitted to VIMFF for use in VIMFF and/ or MEC social media channels, websites and/or print advertising.
• VIMFF and MEC are acknowledged in any communication about the expedition including published photos, slide shows, articles, etc.

How to Apply:

Apply online:

• The recipients will be announced at VIMFF in February 2019.
• Questions can be emailed to

2018 recipients

Join us at VIMFF in February 2019 to hear the stories from our 2018 adventure grant recipients:

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

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:

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:

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