Copp-Dash Inspire Awards Accepting Applications

The American Alpine Club is now accepting applications for the 2013 Copp-Dash Inspire Awards. The awards honor the late climbers Jonny Copp and Micah Dash, who were killed—along with filmmaker Wade Johnson—in May 2009 by an avalanche in China's Sichuan province. This year's winners will share grants totaling $20,000.

Here's a bit more on the awards from the American Alpine Club:

The Copp-Dash Inspire Award will help support small teams tackling difficult climbs in the great mountains of the world who plan to personally document and share their ascents through a multimedia blend of storytelling elements. Proposed trips or climbs should be focused on unclimbed objectives in distant ranges and regions, requiring a high level of skill and commitment and climbed in a fast, light, and clean style that stays true to the progression of expedition climbing.

Proposed documentation styles can include any mix of photos, video, or writing that will vividly capture the essence and adventure of the trip or climb. Proposed sharing of these storytelling elements could aspire to involve slideshows, viral film clips, magazine articles, multimedia presentations, etc. Documentation instruction and storytelling mentorship (before and after the expedition) will be provided by the Adventure Film Festival, Alpinist Magazine, Sender Films, and professional photographers John Dickey and Mikey Schaefer in order to assist award winners in achieving their documentation and presentation goals.

Applications will be accepted until December 13, 2012. Instructions on how to apply can be found at

Check out the full list of 2012 winners here.

—Joe Spring

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