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DOW Hall Grants for 2020

Two new DOW Hall Grants have just been approved by the Publications Committee for 2020.

Gavin Lang, Photographer and Professional Mountain Guide is putting together an illustrated book comprising all 24 of the 3000m mountains in the Southern Alps of NZ. The title will include high-quality action photographs of every route, landscape images of each mountain, topo descriptions with details of optimal climbing conditions and will describe a featured climb on each of the summits. There will also be a short film documentary produced covering the storytelling angles not possible in the book. Gavin’s goals are to inspire mountaineers and non-climbers to embrace and appreciate the New Zealand wilderness and to draw attention to the mental health benefits of challenge in the natural environment. He plans to write an in-depth personal account of his findings on the rewards, resilience and mental health benefits of challenge in nature drawing particular attention to the importance of spending quality time in the outdoors.

Feature image above: Gavin Lang-Haast, credit-Ben Sandford

The current working title of Gavin’s book is ‘Seeking the Light: climbing all 24 of New Zealand’s Southern Alps Mountains above 3000m’ (publisher TBA). Expected publication date 2021 and grant amount of $2500.

Shaun Barnett

A second grant has been awarded to Shaun Barnett for his book covering over two centuries of writing on a wide range of tramping accounts from early exploration of the mountains, bush excursions and coastal walks to trans-alpine traverses by both early Maori and Pakeha.

His working title ‘Across the Pass: a collection of writing about tramping in New Zealand (Otago University Press) is expected for publication in 2021 – $1500.

If you would like to make a donation to the above fund to support these type of literary projects into the future, please: DOW Hall Fund

Posted: 11/05/20

Posted By: Margaret McMahon