FMC Expedition Scholarships
The FMC Forest and Mountain Trust and the Marewhenua Trust have been awarding youth scholarships for outdoor expeditions since 2010. Supported expeditions have traversed the wildest places in New Zealand including the Adams and Olivine Wilderness Areas. The Simon Bell Memorial Scholarship was offered for the first time in 2016, to outdoors people of all ages.
FMC Youth Scholarships
There is one round of Expedition Scholarships annually (applications closing 15th September). The maximum scholarship available is $1,000. The scheme is open to members of affiliated or associated clubs of FMC, and also to individual supporters of FMC. The Scholarship includes provision for younger trampers to be accompanied by older trampers in a mentoring role.
Simon Bell Memorial Scholarship
The Simon Bell Memorial Scholarship is also offered annually (applications closing 15th of September). The maximum scholarship available is $1000. The scheme is open to members of affiliated or associated clubs of FMC, and also to individual supporters of FMC. The scholarship uses the same criteria as the FMC Youth Scholarship but is open to adventurers of any age, recognising that there is adventure within us all.
The following message from Simon’s parents explains the Scholarship:
“Simon’s joy was exploring the wild places of our beautiful country. He had a passion for climbing, a commitment to safe practice and developing skills, and an enthusiasm for sharing experience. He died on a solo climb of Pikirakatahi/Earnslaw on 15 January 2015. This memorial scholarship is intended to help recipients of any skill level to continue their exploration of Aotearoa’s wild places and to enhance their confidence, leadership and safe practice in tramping or mountaineering. “
2017 Expedition Scholarships Applications open now!
The scholarship pool for the 2017 Expedition Scholarships has been increased to over $10,000 through generous support from the FMC Mountain and Forest Trust. The selection panel will be looking for applications that meet all the criteria in the documents listed below. Adventurous applications for journeys anywhere in the country will be considered. For the first time the panel is also putting forward a few themes which applicants might like to consider (but are certainly not required to) building into their applications. The themes for 2017:
- Mentoring – the best way to learn the ways of the hills is from someone with more experience. Only the leaders of expeditions must meet youth age requirements.
- The Remarkables National Park – can you conceive of an epic adventure including parts of the proposed Remarkables National Park?
- Pack-rafting – so many opportunities for exploration are being opened up by lightweight pack-rafting. FMC is promoting pack-rafting through our outdoor community campaign.
The successful applicants are determined by a panel of experienced trampers and climbers.
The Expedition Scholarship Criteria are available here: FMC Expedition Scholarship Criteria
The Expedition Scholarship Application Forms are available here: FMC Expedition Scholarships- Application Form
Expedition Award Winners and their Stories
- 2016: Allan Brent, Alexis Belton, Lydia McLean, Mark Leslie, Te Wai Pounamu traverse.
- 2016: Debbie Buck, Wellington Tramping and Mountaineering Club, a traverse of the Tasman Wilderness Area
- 2016:Max Truell, Western Springs College Tramping Club, a traverse from Arthurs Pass to Lewis Pass, skirting the east side of Arthurs Pass National Park (delayed until summer 2017/2018)
- 2016: Hans Philipp Seultrop, Canterbury University Tramping Club, a mountain run from St Arnaud to Lewis Pass via several of the mountain ranges (delayed until summer 2017/2018)
- 2016: Jaz Morris, Expedition Climbers Club, an attempt on the south face of Pariroa/Castle Mount in Fiordland (delayed until summer 2017/2018)
- 2016: Bianca Freytag, Auckland University Tramping Club, a full traverse of the Olivine Ice Plateau (delayed until summer 2017/2018)
- 2015: Caroline Bellamy, Canterbury University TC: for a trip traversing the Haast Range and adjoining valley systems in South Westland.
- 2015:Sarah Tiong, NZ Alpine Club (Otago Section): for a trip into the Olivine Ice Plateau via the Forgotten River Col.
- 2015: Jarrod Alexander, NZ Alpine Club (Canterbury Section): for climbing trips based in Fiordland and with particular emphasis on Sinbad Gully and the Darran Mountains.
- 2015: Penzy Dinsdale, Otago University TC: for an ‘all women’s traverse’ through the Olivines Wilderness .
- 2015: Zoe Sagarin, Taranaki Alpine Club: for a multiday climbing and mentoring trip based on the upper, western slopes of Mt Taranaki (above Kahui Hut).
- 2015: Carmen Chan (Auckland University Tramping Club). A traverse of the Tararua Mountain Range. A visit to the home of tramping.
- 2014: Sylvie Ardmore (Auckland University TC). A 12 day circuit from Erewhon taking in the Gardens of Eden and Allah and the Lawrence River.
- 2014: Kate Wooton (Canterbury University TC). A week long traverse of the Gardens of Eden and Allan from the West Coast to the East.
- 2014: Kathryn Volllinger (OSONZAC). A tramp in/out expedition to climb new rock climbing routes on the faces above Poisedon Creek in the Glaisnoick Wilderness Area.
- 2013: Alastair McDowell (Auckland University TC). A traverse of the Southern Alps via passes, tops and valleys, from Arthur’s Pass to Mt Cook and with plans to climb several peaks en route if conditions permit.
- 2013: Brendan Maggs (NZ Alpine Club, Canterbury/Westland). For a journey into the Balfour Neve region (Southern Alps) and a series of climbs on and around Torres Peak (including attempts to pioneer new routes).
- 2013: James Chancellor (Auckland University TC). For a journey to retrace pioneer explorer and missionary, William Colenso’s steps on an east – west crossing of the Ruahine Range.
- 2013: Nick Riordan (Canterbury University TC). For a traverse of the Paparoa Range, Westland. Read the account in CUTC’s newsletter.
- 2013: William Adlam (Taranaki Alpine Club). For a journey along the Douglas Range, Kahurangi National Park. Read about their trip here.
- 2013: Jim Anderson (NZAC, North Otago Section). For a journey to the summit of Mt Cook, including carrying of survey gear, see this link: http://youtu.be/wRvq9A5qwsY
- 2012: Wouter van Beershoten (Canterbury University TC). A traverse of the Princess Range and a climb of Caroline Peak in the vicinity of Lake Hauroko, Fiordland.
- 2012: Matt Lillis (Auckland University TC). You can read about Matt’s Ruahine extensive north – south traverse here.
- 2012: Nina Dickerhof (NZAC Canterbury/Westland). You can read about Nina’s Olivine Wilderness Expedition here and see pictures here.
- 2011: Max Olsen: (Otago University TC). For a winter expedition into the Transit Valley in Fiordland. You can read about Max’s trip here.
- 2011: James Thornton (Otago University TC). For a trip into the Worsley River, Bligh Sound and the Glaisnock Wilderness Area. You can read about James’s trip here.