photo courtesy: Copp-Dash Inspire Award

The American Alpine Club is currently accepting applications for the Copp-Dash Inspire Award. Small climbing teams with fast and light alpine climbing objectives and the desire to share the stories of their expedition through creative media are encouraged to apply.

The award is named in honor of Jonny Copp and Mountain Hardwear athlete Micah Dash who lost their lives with filmmaker Wade Johnson in an avalanche in China’s Sichuan Province. The team was known for the infectious energy that they brought to climbing, storytelling, and to all aspects of their lives. “It’s a great tribute to Jonny and Micah,” says Jonathan Thesenga, Content Manager at Black Diamond Equipment. “So many great stories have been shared by the past award winners through an outstanding assortment of photos, videos, paintings and podcasts.”

A prestigious award within the climbing community, the Copp-Dash Inspire Award has allowed Mountain Hardwear athletes Mike Libecki, Pat Goodman, and Freddie Wilkinson to pursue their inspirations in the most remote corners of Antarctica, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Canada, and Alaska.

Mike Libecki on his 2011 ascent of the Ibex Horn, Koh-e Baba Mountains, Afghanistan. Expedition made possible with the assistance of the Copp-Dash Inspire Award. Photo: Mike Libecki

The Copp-Dash Inspire Award is made possible with support from Mountain Hardwear, Black Diamond Equipment, La Sportiva, and Patagonia, with support from the Jonny Copp Foundation, American Alpine Club and Sender Films. The Copp-Dash Inspire Award will distribute $20,000 in 2013 to North American applicants.

For more information and the application for the Copp-Dash Inspire Award visit http://coppdashinspireaward.com/ and the American Alpine Club website.

The application is open through December 31, 2012. Only teams/individuals from North America are eligible for expeditions occurring between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014. Award winners will be announced by March 30, 2013.

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