2015 Copp-Dash Inspire Award Grant Recipients Announced


Richmond, Calif. -- Mountain Hardwear, creator of performance apparel and equipment, is pleased to announce the 2015 winners of Copp-Dash Inspire Award Grant. 

Sponsored by Mountain Hardwear, Black Diamond, La Sportiva and Patagonia (with additional in-kind support from Adventure Film Festival, the American Alpine Club, Jonny Copp Foundation and Sender Films) the Copp-Dash Inspire Award provides financial grants and multimedia instruction to small climbing teams, empowering them to share their ascents through a blend of storytelling elements with a wider audience.

The 2015 Copp-Dash Inspire Award winners and their objectives are:

  • Zach Martin with James Gustafson and Tim Plotke. First ascents of unnamed and unclimbed granite spires and buttresses in the southeast Tordrillo Mountains of Alaska.
  • Rachel Spitzer with Anna Pfaff and Lisa Van Sciver. Alpine-style first ascents on the sub-6000-meter peaks of the Indian Himalaya’s Zanskar Range (an area that Johnny and Micah visited in 2007, making the FA of the immense Shafat Fortress).
  • Michael Wejchert with Bayard Russell and Elliot Gaddy. First ascent of the unclimbed, unattempted south face of Mount Deborah in Alaska’s Hayes Range
  • Joshua Lavigne with Crosby Johnston and Tony Richardson. First free ascent of the 1150-meter northwest face of Great Sail Peak in the Stewart Valley of Baffin Island.

The Copp-Dash Inspire Award was established in 2010 in memory of American climbers, Jonny Copp and Micah Dash, who were killed in an avalanche in China in May 2009, along with filmmaker Wade Johnson. This year, the Copp-Dash Inspire Award will distribute $20,000 to North American climbers.

For more information on the Copp-Dash Inspire Award, go to CoppDashInspireAward.com or facebook.com//The-Copp-Dash-Inspire-Award.

About Mountain Hardwear:

Mountain Hardwear is a leader in innovative, premium outdoor apparel, equipment and accessories. We celebrate bold ideas, the drive to challenge the edges of our potential, and the joy, friendships and personal growth that come from that endeavor. We work with era-defining athletes to develop lightweight, easy-to-use and incredibly well-crafted outdoor clothing and equipment. Mountain Hardwear, Inc., founded in 1993 and based in Richmond, CA, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear Company and distributes its products through specialty outdoor, running, and sporting goods retailers in the United States and 58 countries worldwide. www.mountainhardwear.com

For more information contact JAM Media Collective Julie Atherton at 415.839.7546 or julie@jamcollective.net