Welcome to the Anatoli Boukreev Memorial Fund

OUR GOALS ARE: To promote mutual understanding and friendship across cultures through a shared love of mountains and mountaineering. To support the styles of high-altitude training, ascent, and environmental sensitivity that Anatoli exemplified.

 

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News: 2003-2004 Cross-Culture Climbing Exchange Grant: The Anatoli Boukreev Memorial Fund is proud to announce the following grant awards.

 

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GRANT APPLICANT"S IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
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Note: Applications are now being taken for the 2005 exchange grants. Applications are due by September 30th. See here for more.

ABOUT ANATOLI BOUKREEV: Anatoli Boukreev shared his love of the high mountains with a passion that transcended national divisions. He combined his early training in the former Soviet Union with his extensive Himalayan experience to achieve new levels of physical and psychological endurance. Between 1988 and 1997, Anatoli climbed to summits of eleven of the fourteen 8000 meter peaks without oxygen-four in a single ninety day period-establishing difficult technical routes as well as speed records. Friendship with his fellow mountaineers from around the world was as important to Anatoli as testing his abilities in the mountains. Even after his death in an avalanche on Annapurna on December 25, 1997, his example as a mountaineer and a person has remained an inspiration to people around the world.

ABOUT OUR WORK: Anatoli Boukreev shared his love of the high mountains with a passion that transcended national divisions. He combined his early training in the former Soviet Union with his extensive Himalayan experience to achieve new levels of physical and psychological endurance. Between 1988 and 1997, Anatoli made 18 ascents to8000 meters, including eleven of the fourteen 8000 meter peaks without oxygen- four within a ninety day period-establishing difficult technical routes as well as speed records. Friendship with his fellow mountaineers from around the world was as important to Anatoli as testing his abilities in the mountains. Even after his death in an avalanche on Annapurna on December 25, 1997, his example as a mountaineer and a person has remained  an inspiration to people around the world. 

Anatoli was grateful for his training in the mountaineering tradition of the former Soviet Union. His dream was to see its emphasis  on teamwork, structured competitive training, and disciplined acclimatization survive and be integrated with the individualistic style  and environmental ethic of the west.  In his memory, the Anatoli Boukreev Memorial Fund strives to celebrate his spirit by providing financial and logistical support for cross-cultural climbing exchanges involving young mountaineers from Anatoli's region, the Tien Shan and Pamir mountains, and from other ranges of the world.

The Anatoli Boukreev Memorial Fund has supported two young Kazakh mountaineers on an expedition to the United States and supported an American climber's expedition to the International Mountaineering Camp in the Tien Shan where he and two partners from Kazakhstan climbed the spectacular and technical Khan Tengri (7010 meters). We supported a joint Kazakh-US expedition to Shishapangma (8008 meters) which reached the summit and made the first snowboard descent of an 8000 meter peak, and donated climbing equipment to the climbing clubs of Almaty, Kazakhstan.

With this strong beginning and with your ongoing support and interest, we will continue to provide financial and organizational assistance for future exchanges, expeditions, and high altitude training camps, to celebrate and strengthen the bond of friendship shared by mountaineers around the world.

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