Winners of the 2010 Copp-Dash Inspire Award announced
The seven winners of the inaugural Copp-Dash Inspire Award have been selected, representing objectives from Alaska to Greenland to Nepal. The award supports the teams from a pool of $20,000, as well as mentorship and training from professional photographers, videographers and editors to ensure their expedition documentation goals are a success.
The Copp-Dash Inspire Award was established in the memory of Jonny Copp and Micah Dash who were killed in an avalanche (along with filmmaker Wade Johnson) on China’s Mount Edgar in May 2009. With Jonny and Micah’s deaths, the North American climbing community lost two of the great alpinists, characters and storytellers it has recently known. It is with Jonny and Micah’s spirits and passions in mind that the Inspire Award provides the winning applicants with financial support, as well as assists the climbers before, during and after their expeditions with multimedia instruction to help empower them to share their current and future adventures with a broader audience.
The 2010 Copp-Dash Inspire Award winners and their objectives are:
• Kevin Mahoney, South Face of Nuptse, Nepal; with Ben Gilmore and Freddie Wilkinson. Alpine-style ascent of the South Face of Nuptse (7,800 meters), via a new route on the perimeter of the Cobweb Wall.
• Madaleine Sorkin, Southeast Face of Mount Proboscis, Canada; with Lorna Illingworth and Emily Stifler. First complete free ascent of the 2000-foot Original Route.
• Matt McCormick, Southeast Pillar of K7 West, Pakistan; with Jim Shimberg and Tim Deroehn. Alpine-style first complete ascent of 1500-meter sub-summit spire of K7 West.
• Sam Johnson, South Face of Mount Shand and traverse of Mount Hayes massif, Alaska; with Ryan Hokanson. Alpine-style first ascent of 1500-meter face on Mount Shand and 12-mile traverse of Mount Hayes massif, entailing thousands of vertical meters of climbing.
• Sarah Garlick, northwest face of The Baroness, Greenland; with Danika Gilbert, Jim Surette, and Dave Nettle. New free route on 2000-foot northwest face of The Baroness.
• Will Meinen, North Face of Mount Geikie, Canada; with Fred McGuinness and Scott Thumlert. First ascent on 4000-foot North Face of Mount Geikie
• Zack Smith, traverse of the Moose’s Tooth massif; with Renan Ozturk and Freddie Wilkinson. A full traverse of the Moose’s Tooth massif, entailing an estimated 12,000-feet of ice, rock and snow climbing.
The Copp-Dash Inspire Award is funded by Black Diamond, La Sportiva, Mountain Hardwear and Patagonia, with support from Alpinist magazine, American Alpine Club, The Jonny Copp Foundation, John Dickey, Mikey Shaefer, Adventure Film Festival, and Sender Films. For more information on the Copp-Dash Inspire Award and how to apply for 2011, go to: http://www.americanalpineclub.org/grant/coppdashinspireaward.