May 1, 2012

2012 Copp Dash Inspire Award - Kokshall Too

At the moment I am out in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta again but wanted to update on exciting news. Ryan Johnson and I just found out that we won a 2012 Copp-Dash Inspire Award for our proposed attempt on the Red Soldier (Kizil Asker), in the Kokshall Too range of Kyrgyzstan. Kizil has had four ascents that I am aware of, while our proposed route is unclimbed. Ryan and I climbed together for the first time in Juneau this March and had fun new routing and sitting in a tent near Juneau. Ryan Hokanson and I were one of the inaugural Copp-Dash Inspire Award teams in 2010 when we did some climbing in the Hayes Range. The award helped me experiment with in field expedition art and helped me learn the basics of video editing in addition to supporting the climbing itself. Thanks for the support - here's hoping we bring back a great story to share and inspire others to get out on their own adventures! Here's a link to an overview of the climbing teams who received awards this year.

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