Winners of the 2011 Copp-Dash Inspire Award announced
The winners of the second-annual Copp-Dash Inspire Award have been selected, representing objectives from Afghanistan to Alaska to Nepal. 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 2011 Copp-Dash Inspire Award winners and their objectives are:
• Dave Burdick with Dylan Johnson and John Freih. A new, completely independent rock and mixed line on the 1100m South Face of Mt. Burkett, Stikine Icecap, Southeast Alaska.
• Jesse Spaulding with Kyle Kneely, Scott Parker and Conrad Piper-Ruth. New routes, up to 6000m, in the Nangma Valley, Northern Pakistan.
• Kyle Dempster with Jewell Lund. First ascents in the Karavshin Valley in southwestern Krgyzstan. Intermission bike ride from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to Skardu, Pakistan (approximately 1400 miles).
• Matt McCormick with Pat Goodman and Will Meinen. First ascents of the Southwest Pillar of K7 West and an alpine-style first ascent of a major sub-summit of K7 West, Nepal.
• Mike Libecki. Solo attempt for the first ascent of The Ibex Horn, central Afghanistan.