Partner in adventure grant recipient Zorbari Nwidor practicing anchor building by fitting different sized cams into a rock.
Grant recipient Zorbari Nwidor practicing anchor building.

Want to Level Up? Apply for the ‘Partner in Adventure’ Grant Today

The American Alpine Club and TINCUP Whiskey are partnering to fund adventure education courses. And the winner could be you!

For the second year in a row, the American Alpine Club x TINCUP Partner in Adventure Grant will power a variety of outdoor education adventures, with awards up to $1,000 per application.

While the AAC encourages experienced adventurers to apply, it also wants the grant to appeal to beginners. Here’s how it works — and how to apply today:

  • The grant is open to any duo (read: you and your adventure partner) of U.S. residents 21 or older.
  • You’ll have to submit an application beforehand and a report (if you win) afterward.
  • This grant isn’t just for any random adventures. The AAC x TINCUP grant covers continuing education — but there’s still a whole lot of choice and fun in that category. (Think courses in rock climbing, avalanche training, first aid, wilderness medicine, and ski mountaineering, as well as outdoor professional development training and more!)
  • The grant will open on Oct. 1, and applications and close on Nov. 8.
  • AAC and TINCUP will announce the winners on Nov. 18.

Last year’s grant winners consisted of 20 pairs of adventurers spread across six disciplines (rock climbing, skiing, mountaineering, multiday expeditions, emergency medicine, and more) and 13 states. Check out the previous grants. 

Applying for the Adventure Grant

partner in adventure
2020-2021 Partner in Adventure grant recipients Aman and Sonya

I haven’t had the chance to experience the AAC and TINCUP grant first-hand. But I am a two-time outdoor education grant recipient, and I completed both my grants with an “adventure partner.”

My advice to anyone thinking about furthering their outdoor education through a grant? Do it if you have the chance.

For me, a grant like this is all about the immersive experience. It’s about the learning moments, getting to practice new skills, getting a kick of confidence. In my opinion, grants focused on continuing education are some of the coolest around. And they’re even more impactful when they involve the outdoor sports we love.

Apply Now

chaco x new belgium 30th anniversary collab prints
Perfect Pairing: Chaco, New Belgium Launch 30th Anniversary Sandals
It's New Belgium Brewing's 30th birthday, and Chaco is bringing something special to the party. Read more…

Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.