Following the untimely deaths of alpine climbers Johnny Copp and Micah Dash along with filmmaker Wade Johnson during an ascent in western China’s Sichuan province in May of 2009, the Copp-Dash Inspire Award was formed to honor their spirit of adventure and storytelling by supporting likeminded climbers with stories to tell.
With the support of Black Diamond Equipment, La Sportiva, Mountain Hardware, Patagonia, Adventure Film Festival, Alpinist Magazine, the American Alpine Club, Jonny Copp Foundation, and Sender films, the grant is awarded to recipients tackling unclimbed objectives in all corners of the Earth who plan to document and share their journey with the world.
“The Inspire Award is not just a climbing expedition grant. One thing we all learned from Jonny and Micah is that it’s as much about the stories and experiences that we take away from our climbs, as much as the climb itself,” says Black Diamond Equipment’s marketing director Laura Fryer.
The 2012 recipients of the Copp-Dash Inspire Award are:
Chris Wright and Geoff Unger, objective: southeast face of Lunag IV (6781m). Other possible objectives include Little Lunag (6492m) and Lunag III (6795m), all in the Khumbu Himal, Nepal, unclimbed.
Sam Johnson and Ryan Johnson, objective: 1400-meter southwest face of Kizil Asker (5842m) in western Kokshall Too of Kyrgyzstan.
Mike Libecki and Freddie Wilkinson, objective: Belgica---Fabiola---BirgerBergensenfiella area, Antarctica. First ascents on previously unclimbed big walls.
Joshua Lavigne and Jon Walsh, objective: northwest face of the South Tower of Mount Asgard, Baffin Island, Canada.
Pat Goodman, Jeremy Collins, and Brad Jackson, objective: first ascent of Peak 2600m (aka The Phoenix) via a new all free route up the 700-meter east face, Logan Mountains, Canada.