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Announcing Be First Sponsorship Recipients: Round 2
Posted on June 11, 2010

First Ascent’s Be First program is an opportunity to pursue your passion for adventure, to go for your summit—whatever that might be—and get sponsored to do it. The second round of applications to the Be First program is complete and many of our adventurers are either on their journeys or will head out soon. Read on for information and follow their journeys here on the Born Out There blog throughout the coming months.

Expedition 2 Endure
On June 28th, Larry McKurtis begins his solo ride from Alaska to Argentina, approximately 16,000 miles on bicycle, unsupported. Taking trails and side roads, he will be pushing the limits of his equipment and his own determination. For approximately nine months Larry will be hard at work on this amazing adventure, so make sure to keep checking in on his progress.

Winter Denali Ascent
Confined to a snow cave for 12 days by a blizzard during her last attempt, Christine Feret is making another push to be the first woman to summit Denali in the winter. With an extensive background on Denali, Christine and her climbing partner, Artur, are already underway on training. Their sights are set on February 1, 2011, and we’ll be able to follow them through their training and into the big climb.

88bike’s VILLAGES
88bikes has a very simple goal: to provide a sustainable, joyful, empowering form of transportation to young people who have been challenged to be their own heroes due to poverty, war, disease, conflict, and other regional hardships. Throughout the summer of 2010 they will be reaching out to rural parts of Lesotho, Mongolia, Tanzania, Latin America and the Navajo Nation to give away approximately 1,000 bikes.

Idaho Speed Traverse
Truly a multi-sport endeavor, Steve Graepel, Christopher Minson, and Jason Quinn will attempt to pioneer a variation of the Idaho Centennial Trail during a 15-day South-to-North traverse of Idaho. With more than 840 miles to cover by foot, raft, and bike, they will need to average 56 miles per day. We will be highlighting their training over the next year building toward the final push in 2011.

Ski Across Alaska for PTSD
Combining a great adventure with a great focus, Michael Ferrara brings attention to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as it affects civilian ski patrollers, guides, firefighters, and many more who watch over the safety of others in the mountains and beyond. Joining him on this epic ski expedition are ski patroller Isabelle Day and avalanche search dog Lhotse.

Stay tuned as we track all of our Be First adventurers and announce more exciting firsts, and don’t forget to submit your own proposal for your chance to Be First!

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