Just before departing for  Patagonia the team was notified that our application for support from the Royal Geographical Society's Geographical Fieldwork Grant had advanced to the interview stage.

GEOGRAPHICAL FIELDWORK GRANT  Royal Geographical Society   


Council of Azpeitia

Earlier, in April 2015, the team also received another important grant from the Council of Azpeitia (Basque Country), with the recognized Joxe Takolo grant.

Joxe Takolo grant was created in 2001 as a tribute to the figure of the basque mountaineer Joxe Urbieta "takolo", from Azpeitia. This initiative was applauded from the outset, since there is no other funds like that at the Basque Country, and it was born with the vocation, according to its criteria, to boost mountaineering projects that have level and originality and are linked to the alpinism.


In this way, a technical committee takes into account the quality of the activity to perform; trajectory of the expedition members, continuity and stability demonstrated by climbers, the sports and social interest of the activity, etc.

YOUNG EXPLORERS GRANT     National Geographic Society   

In August 2015, the team received significant, and morale boosting news; an offer of important support in the form of the Young Explorers Grant of the well-known National Geographic Society.

An initial grant from National Geographic helped launch the careers of many of the Society's, and our planet's, most renowned explorers. They are committed -as they have been for more than a century- to supporting new generations of archaeologists, anthropologists, astronomers, conservationists, ecologists, geeographers, geologists, marine scientists, adventures, storystellers, and pioneers. Today, Young Explorers Grants (YEG) help cover field project costs for hard-working, passionate, creative individuals with great ideas. They focus on the disciplines they are known for, and also on emerging fields that matter most to undestanding and improving the world they share.


YEG provides opportunities to individuals ages 18 to 25 to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects consistent with National Geographic's existing grant programs: the Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE), the Expeditions Council (EC), and the Conservation Trust (CT).

By coincidence our interview for the grant was scheduled for 21 March, in London, which of course fell in the middle of our expedition. The RGS was gracious in allowing us to interview via satellite phone, so on the 21st we were on Northanger in the midst of a storm, holed up in a tiny nook of a caleta, out of the gale force winds of the main channel. Over the course of half an hour and several dropped calls due to the storm, we had a nice discussion with the GFG review panel about the novelty and challenges of Incognita Patagonia. We were delighted to be awarded a grant on our return to Puerto Williams in Chile.


This was a tremendous honour for the team, as the grant has supported some remarkable research all over the globe. The RGS GFG is specifically aimed at enabling student researchers to collect novel field data, and supports 20+ teams each year. This year was the Grant's 60th anniversary, and a delightful ceremony of the grant's achievements took place in London earlier this year.