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Copp-Dash Inspire Award Accepting Applications for 2013

November 15, 2012 (Salt Lake City, UT) – The Copp-Dash Inspire Award is currently accepting applications from November 15, 2012 through December 31, 2012 for small climbing teams attempting fast and light alpine climbing objectives with a desire to creatively document and share their experience. The award was established 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.

Sponsored by Black Diamond Equipment, La Sportiva, Mountain Hardwear, 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.

In honoring Jonny and Micah, the award supports climbers who choose to follow a similar path, both in life and in the mountains. The fund’s goal is to assist climbers before, during and after expeditions with financial grants and multimedia instruction to help empower them to share their current and future adventures with a wider audience.

“The Inspire Award continues to do exactly that: inspire climbers to pursue their adventures and share their stories,” says Jonathan Thesenga, Content Manager at Black Diamond Equipment. “It’s a great tribute to Jonny and Micah that so many great stories have been shared by the past award winners through an outstanding assortment of photos, videos, paintings and podcasts.”

For more information on the Copp-Dash Inspire Award and application downloads, go to CoppDashInspireAward.com or http://www.americanalpineclub.org/grants/g/5/Copp-Dash-Inspire-Award. Only teams/individuals from North America are eligible for expeditions occurring between April 1, 2013 and February 28, 2014. Award winners will be announced by March 30, 2013.

About the Copp-Dash Inspire Award: 

The Copp-Dash Inspire Award will help support small teams tackling difficult climbs in the great mountains of the world that plan to personally document and share their ascents through a multimedia blend of storytelling elements. Proposed trips should be focused on unclimbed objectives in distant ranges and regions, requiring a high level of skill and commitment. Climbs should be done in a fast, light and clean style that stay 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 of the trip or climb. Proposed sharing of these storytelling elements could involve slideshows, viral film clips, magazine articles, multimedia presentations, etc. The Copp-Dash Inspire Award is sponsored by Black Diamond Equipment, La Sportiva, Mountain Hardwear, and Patagonia, and is supported by Alpinist magazine, American Alpine Club, the Jonny Copp Foundation, Sender Films, and photographers John Dickey and Mikey Schaefer.

New England’s Early Season Ice Race

Every year a devoted cadre of climbers vies for the first annual ascent of Cannon Cliff’s famous multi-pitch ice climb, the Black Dike. For the first to the top, a successful ascent marks the unofficial opening of ice season.

You can read the full report from Live Your Dream Grant winner, Erik Eisele on Inclined.

“This tradition isn’t a race. Any one of us would happily join any other team member for opening day. It’s about extending the season, it’s about sucking the marrow out of winter, and it’s about ticking the Black Dike when its ripe. In October or November the Dike is an alpine nightmare, and climbing it required every ounce of skill and concentration. After a long summer of clipping bolts and whipping out of cracks, mixed climbing above tenuous gear is a wakeup call. The Dike is a cold reminder of why we love the sport, and each year it demands you get your head in the game (read more…)”


2012 International Climbers Meet Recap

Julie Ellison, from Climbing Magazine, recently wrote a report recapping her experience at the AAC’s 2012 International Climber’s Meet.

“Imagine being in a stunningly beautiful and ultra-classic climbing area at the most perfect time of year, camping in a secluded campground, climbing four-star routes with 50 of the most rad people you’ll ever meet from across the globe, chilling by a fire every night with a cold PBR in hand, and three ridiculously delicious meals a day served piping hot right in front of you. (As one person said insightfully, “the only climbing trip you’ll ever gain weight on.”) Sounds nice, huh? That’s the essence of the American Alpine Club’s International Climbers Meet, an event held every year in Yosemite to foster relations between the AAC and international Alpine Clubs…(Read More)”

You can also find short reports from the event on our blog, Inclined.













Lyman Spitzer Grant Deadline Approaching

Are you a climber pushing the limits with the bare essentials? The Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award promotes state-of-the-art, cutting-edge climbing through financial support of small, lightweight climbing teams attempting bold first ascents or difficult repeats of the most challenging routes in the world’s great mountain ranges. The 2012 deadline is December 1, 2012. To apply, download the application or visit our grants page.

Triple Crown Bouldering Series Wrap-Up

From the Southeast: The Tripple Crown Bouldering Series is a wrap and the AAC’s Slice O’ Pie Video Contest was a great success!

Rowell Award Deadline Extended

The deadline for the Rowell Award has been extended until December 1, 2012. The award will be presented at the 2013 AAC Annual Benefit Dinner in San Francisco, Saturday, Febuary 23. The winner of the Rowell Award last year was talented climber and artist, Cory Richards. Cory recently wrote to us about his acceptance of the Rowell Award on our blog Inclined.

Download the application or visit our grants page for more information on how you can nominate a candidate for the Rowell Award.

About the Rowell Award
The Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure honors that adventurer whose artistic passion illuminates the wild places of the world, and whose accomplishments significantly benefit both the environment and the peoples who inhabit these lands and regions. This $15,000 annual cash award was established by The Rowell Legacy Committee, composed of friends, business associates, and admirers of the late Barbara and Galen Rowell. The award will be presented to an individual selected by a panel of active and influential members of the outdoor adventure world. The American Alpine Club took over administration of the Award in 2011. 

Yosemite Climber Steward Program Takes Flight

The AAC is co-sponsoring a new conservation initiative in Yosemite: The Yosemite Climber Steward Program. The program was started to fuel the efforts of the two climbing rangers currently employed in Yosemite National Park and help them to manage, protect, and defend the park’s climbing resources. You can read a report from one of the stewards, John Connor, on Inclined.



AAC Headquarters Going Solar

Thanks to all of your votes this summer, the American Mountaineering Center has won a local contest that will provide the AMC with up to a 10kW solar electric system. The “Solarize Golden” contest was sponsored by Real Goods Solar, Inc. For each home that goes solar between now and the end of November, RGS will donate a solar panel to the AMC. For more information about how you can power your home with solar energy and help out the AMC visit the Solarize Golden website or our blog Inclined.

Slice O’ Pie Video Contest

Head to the AAC’s Southeast Region Facebook page and vote for your favorite video by November 2. The winner will be announced at the Horse Pens 40 Triple Crown After Party!














Help out the AAC Library

The AAC Library is looking for individually bound volumes of the 1930 American Alpine Journal and copies of Accidents in North American Mountaineering from 1949, 1950, and 1971. The copies will be used for the AAC publications’ digitization project and returned after the project is complete. The AAC Library contains copies of every AAC publication, however, these specific volumes are not suitable for digitization. Anyone able to help the Library locate these individual volumes will earn some free AAC swag! Please contact esurles@americanalpineclub.org.


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