$25,000 prize for the Ski School
In 2014, Ben entered a competition to write an essay about a dream energy experience. The competition had two stages. First, twenty entries were short-listed from 900 submissions based on the number of Facebook likes. Then a panel of judges selected two winners. The prize was $25,000 for each winner and Ben's essay about Zanskar won! Half the money was spent transporting ski and climbing gear to Zanskar in 2015 and the other half will go towards the rebuilding of the ski school in 2016.