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Four recipients selected for 2019 Kyle Dempster Solo Adventure Award
Posted on: April 16, 2019
Kyle Dempster. [Photo] Andrew Burr
Four recipients have been selected for the second annual Kyle Dempster Solo Adventure Award.
Cassady Bindrup, Gabe Dirksen, Talley Kayser and Max Neale are each receiving $1,000 for solo trips, respectively, to the Scottish Highlands, the Black Hills of South Dakota, the Sierra Nevada Range, California, and Baranof Island, Alaska. Last year, a total of $4,000 was distributed among three recipients.
Dempster's family, friends and sponsors created the grant to honor his legacy after he disappeared on the north face of Ogre II (6980m) in Pakistan with Scott Adamson in August 2016. Each year, the KD Award recipients are announced around Dempster's birthday on March 27; this year would have been his 36th birthday.
A press release on the KD Solo Award's website reads:
This year's recipients proposed exciting and challenging trips that embody Kyle's creative spirit and his desire to explore wild places, and they demonstrated both a willingness to push their personal limits and a passion for storytelling that will inspire future adventurers. We are excited to support the following adventures in 2019 and to hear the stories that come from them.
Max Neale, Anchorage, Alaska
Cassady Bindrup, Ogden, Utah
Talley Kayser, State College, Pennsylvania
Gabe Dirksen, Deadwood, South Dakota
More information about Dempster and the Award can be found here.
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