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 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.

The Copp-Dash Inspire award will provide a pool of $20,000 in grants to North American climbers for expeditions between April 1st and March 31st of the following year. Applications for the award are due on Sept 1st each year and the Copp-Dash Inspire Award winners will be announced live every October at the Adventure Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado.

To apply for the Copp-Dash Inspire Award, click HERE.