ON 18 APRIL, A JUDGING PANEL OF MOUNTAIN PROFESSIONALS PICKED THE WINNERS OF THE 2016 MILLET EXPEDITION PROJECT.
It’s an essential factor in making your expedition dream come true… And this year, six projects have been handed the precious key. The MXP 2016 winners will generate emotions and thrills as they make us yearn for adventure and the great outdoors! Since 2007, more than 300 adventurers from all over the world have received MXP funding and realized their dream in places across the planet.
After months of waiting, the MXP judging panel gathered on April 18 to deliberate and pick the entrants who will be lucky enough to venture off and make their dream come true.
SINCE 2007, MORE THAN 300 ADVENTURERS HAVE BENEFITED FROM THE MXP PRIZE.
Our dream is to climb the west face (Shining Wall) of Gasherbrum IV (7,925m). We are inspired by Wojciech Kurtyka and Robert Schauer's ascent in 1985. This route has never been repeated and never been finished. We want to carry out the project in a two-person team, without making any noise that would destroy the silence of this delicate mountain in the middle of the unspoilt Karakoram range. A mountain that is rarely climbed, but often admired.
3 British mobile journalists will cycle from Cape Town, South Africa, to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during 8 months. Along the way they shall produce a series of documentary shorts capturing the inspiring stories of the people they meet. The team will seek to identify and promote the innovative sustainability solutions employed by ordinary Africans living at the frontline of climate change and resource insecurity.
11 African countries
7 to 8 months
A female rope team en cordillera
Our project is to form an all-female Andean-Alpine team to scale a peak in the Real Cordillera. "Andean" because we will team up with the girls from non-profit Mujer Montaña; and "Alpine" because we are the Groupe Féminin de Haute Montagne. Filmmakers from non-profit Images Solidaires will join the adventure to highlight women's presence in the mountains, with the emphasis on cultural exchange.
Fly the ring of fire
The adventure mixes sport and science on Reunion Island. With paragliders and a solar telescope, a team of women scientists are heading off for an exceptional expedition: flying in the ring of fire. By inviting local people to observe the sun, they aim to share their impatience in the run-up to the big event: the annular solar eclipse. The endpoint of the trip is Makes Forest, from where they will take off to observe this natural spectacle from their paragliders.
The 8 ExpĂ© facing the Groenland
Around the world, there are still plenty of walls to explore... Expedition group 8 Expé, set up within the 8 Assure climbing club, is embarking on the discovery of southern Greenland's unknown faces. After landing at Narssarsuaq, we will travel around the fjords around Nanortalik, searching for a big wall that needs equipping.
4 men, 4 women
The Baikal Race
The objective: a fully self-sufficient, unassisted trip over the full length of frozen Lake Baikal (636 km) on ice boats. On the programme: stamina, speed, risks (such as unforeseeable faults in the ice), cold (down to -35°C), breathtaking images (totally transparent ice, the tent on the frozen lake, etc.), but also the local culture of shamanism.
1 man, 2 women