Winners of the Nick Estcourt Award
Each entry is in the following format: Year. Expedition Name. Grant given.
Objective. Team members with leader named first. Summary of outcome of
International Dhaulagiri Expedition. £1000. The unclimbed East
Face of Dhaulagiri (8167m). Alex MacIntyre, Voytek Kurtyka & Ludwik
Wikzynski (Polish), Rene Ghiline (French). All four climbers reached
the summit via a major new route established alpine style, without
oxygen and in appalling weather: a milestone in high altitude mountaineering.
British Everest Winter Expedition. £1250. Winter ascent of West
Ridge without oxygen. Alan Rouse etc. Not successful.
NO GRANT MADE
British Annapurna 3 Expedition. £600 Alpine style ascent of
South-East Pillar of Annapurna 3. Nick Kekus, Trevor Pilling, John
Tinker, Rob Uttley. Expedition abandoned at 6300m after death of Uttley.
British Bojohagur Expedition. £1000. First Ascent of Bojohagur
Duonasir (7329m) in Karakorum. Vic Saunders, Mick Fowler, Phil Butler,
John English, Mike Morrison, Chris Watts. Reached c6800m in alpine-style
Scottish Annapurna 3 Expedition. £1000. East ridge of Annapurna
3 (7555m). Ewan Todd, Willie Todd, Colin Jamieson, Chris Dale. Failed
to get established on the route.
British Chogolisa Expedition. £1000. First traverse of twin
peaks of Chogolisa (7665m). Andy Fanshawe, Liam Elliott, Hamish Irvine,
Ulric Jessop, Simon Lamb. Traverse successfully completed by all expedition
Members. Elliott later killed in a cornice collapse during an attempt
on Broad Peak by 3 team members. Report
NLMC Spantik Expedition. £1000. First ascent of NW Pillar of
Spantik (7027m) The Golden Pillar in Karakorum. Vic Saunders, Mick
Fowler, Phil Butler, Bruce Craig, Liz Allen, John English. Major first
ascent completed by Saunders and Fowler in poor weather. Report
British Ganesh 3 Expedition. £1000. First ascent of North Face
of Ganesh 3 (7132m) in Ganesh Himalaya. Julian Mathias, John Mothersele,
Dan Donovan High point of 6100m reached via N & subsequently NE
NO GRANT MADE
British Thalay Sagar Expedition. £1000. Unclimbed South Face
of Thalay Sagar (6904m) in Garwal Himalaya. Keith Milne, Andy Wingfield,
Gordon Scott, Charles French. Reached base of headwall at 6400m. Report.
British Trinity Peak Expedition. £500. First ascent of SE Face
of Trinity P Peak (c6800m), Chogolisa Glacier area, Karakorum. Victor
Radvils, Mark Miller, Kevin Murphy, Colin Jamieson. Leader dislocated
shoulder in serac collapse. Evacuated successfully, but attempt terminated.
- 1991 British
Makrong Chhish Expedition. £1000. First Ascent of peak (6607m)
by Hispar Glacier, Karakorum. Steve Hillen, David Tyson, David Lister,
Mike Pennington. Reached 6000m via S. Face and E. Ridge. Hillen &
Tyson killed descending in avalanche conditions.
- 1992 British
Masherbrum Expedition. £1000. First British ascent of Masherbrum
(7821m) via unclimbed East Ridge. David Lewis, Al Dishington, Max
Jones. Failed to get Established on the planned route.
- 1993 British
Gasherbrum 4 Expedition. £1000 First ascent of South Ridge of
Gasherbrum 4 (7925m) Andy Perkins, Andy Cave, Chris Flewitt, Andy
MacNae, Brendan Murphy, Kate Phillips. High point of 7250m reached
on ridge by Brendan Murphy, and Kate Phillips.
- 1994 British
Latok North Face Expedition. £1000. First ascent of North Ridge
of Latok 1 (7145m) Dave Wills, Brendan Murphy. Reached 5600m in poor
conditions before Heavy snowfall and avalanches forced retreat. Report.
- 1995 British
Trango Tower Expedition. £1000. First ascent of North Face of
Nameless Tower (Trango Tower). Paul Pritchard, Noel Crane, Adam Wainwright,
Andy Cave. Arrived to find prospective new route had just been done
by Spanish team. Pritchard and Wainwright made first British ascent
of Slovene Route, one of the very few fast, lightweight ascents of
the mountain and the second British ascent. Report.
- 1996 British
Makrong Chhish Expedition. £1000. First ascent of peak (6607m)
by East Ridge. Hispar Glacier, Karakorum. Simon Yates, Steve Sustad.
Expedition plagued by Unseasonably hot weather made route dangerous
to complete. Report.
- 1997 Meru Sharksfin
Expedition. £1000. Meru Central (6500m) East Face, The Sharksfin.
Owain Jones, Nick Bullock, Jamie Fisher, Julian Cartwright. Attempt
ended at 6000m, bottom snowfield big problem. Valiant attempt. Report.
- 1998 British
Sani Pakush Expedition. £1000. The West buttress of Sani Pakush
(6885m) the Karakorum. Al Powell, Rich Cross, Andy Benson, Kenton
Cool. Despite failing to Summit all returned. Al Powell sent good
- 1999 Scottish
Latok 3 North Spur Expedition.£1000. First ascent of the N.
Spur of Latok 3. (6949m). Muir Morton, Tom Bridgeland, Alasdair Coull,
Sam Chinnery, Dan Long, Paul Schweizer. Unsuccessful on North spur,
other ascents made including, Biacherahi Tower by NW Ridge, Indian
Spur, Hanispur (6047m) by N. Ridge. Report
- 2000 Millenium
Award - WaterAid £3000. Project 2084 Lasargha Village, Syangja,
Nepal. To supply an integrated water and sanitation supply to village
in mid hills area Of Nepal. One off special award to repay the people
- 2000 British
Arwa Spires Expedition. £1000. First ascent of Arwa Spire (6193m)
West Garwhal Himalaya via the East Ridge. Al Powell, Pete Benson,
Kenton Cool, Dave Wills, Andy Benson, Ian Parnell. Five team members
summitted. Attempts were made at two lines on North Face. Report
- 2001 Winter Greenland
Expedition. £1000. First Ascent of Tupilak (2264m). Al Powell,
Jules Cartwright, Jon Morgan, Charles Halstead. Successful attempt
by Al Powell and Jon Bracey on N. Face of Tupilak. Jon Morgan and
Stan Halstead did new route on S. Face of Rodebjerg. Report
- 2002 Scottish
West Face of Kyzyl Asker Expedition. £1000. West Face of Kyzyl
Asker via new route. Esmond Tresidder, Blair Fyffe,Guy Robertson,
Neil Crampton. Two Pairs attempted different routes, South East Face
and N. Face of Babuchka (butterfly). Unsuccessful due to massive thaw
when sun hit face. Report
- 2003 British
Qomo Lhari Expedition 2003. £1000. Changed objective to Mt.
Grosvenor (6376m) in Daxue Shan range, Sichuan Province. Julie-Ann
Clyma, Roger Paine Successful trip. Qomo Lhari (7341m) Tibet had no
- 2004 British
Qionglai Expedition 2004. £1000. First ascent of Siguniang NW
Face, and Integral ascent of W ridge of Siguniang. Tom Chamberlain,
Dave Evans, Dave Hollinger, Andy Sharpe. Report
- 2005 South East
Face of Kyzyl Asker. £1500. To climb the couloir on the SE face
of Kyzyl Asker 5842m in the West Kok Shaal Too Range of Kirghizstan.
David Hesleden, Jon Bracey, Andy Cave, Adam Wainwright. Report.
- 2006 British
Kedar Dome Expedition. To climb the East North East Buttress of Kedar
Dome, 6,831m, in the Gangtori region of the Indian Garwhal. Ian Parnell
& Kevin Thaw. Report.
- 2007 Kalanka
North Face. To climb Kalanka's North Face by a new route from the
Bagini Glacier. Nick Bullock & Kenton Cool.
- 2008 UK-Canadian
Distaghil Sar Expedition. £1500. To climb a First Ascent of
the North Ridge of Distaghil Sar, 7883m. in the Hispar Range of the
Karakoram mountains in Pakistan. Dr. Bruce Normand, Peter Thompson,
Ben Cheek & Don Bowie. Report.
- 2009 British
Chang Himal North Face Expedition. £1500. To make the first
ascent of the 1,500m mixed North Face of Chang Himal, 6500m in the
Kangchenjunga region of the Nepali Hmalaya. Andy Housman & Nick
- 2010 British
Tahu Ratum Expedition. £1,500. To make the first ascent of the
NW Ridge - Tahu Ratum (6651m). Luke Hunt, Tom Ripley &Hamish Dunn.
- 2011 British
Kyashar Expedition. £1,500. To make the first ascent, alpine-style,
of the ~2000m South Pillar of Kyashar (6769m). Andy Houseman &
Nick Bullock. Report.
- 2012 Talung North Pillar Expedition. £1,500. To climb the Talung North Pillar in the Kangchenjunga Region, Nepal. Gavin Pike, James Clapham & Dave Searle. Report.
- 2013 British Charakusa Expedition. £2,000. To attempt K6 West North Face, Link Sar North Face and other objectives in the Charakusa Valley, Karakoram, Pakistan.Jonathan Griffith with Andy Houseman. Report. Blog.
- 2014 British Kyzyl Asker Expedition. £2,000. To attempt the East Face of Cerro San Lorenzo in Patagonia. Matt Helliker & Jon Bracey. Report..
- 2015 British Sam Ford Fjord Expedition. £2,000. To free climb the Polar Sun Spire. Jacob Cook, Calum Muskett, Dave MacLeod, Alexander Buisse, Dave Rudkin & Ian Cooper
- 2016 Chamlang North Ridge Expedition. £2,000. To make the first ascent of Chamlang North Ridge (7,319m) in the Nepal Himalaya. Andy Houseman and Jon Griffith .