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Applications Open for 2015 Copp-Dash Inspire Award

Richmond, Calif.Mountain Hardwear, creator of performance apparel and equipment, is pleased to invite small climbing teams to apply for the 2015 Copp-Dash Inspire Award. 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. Applications are being accepted now through December 31, 2014.

“The Copp-Dash Inspire Award is a testament to what the climbing industry can accomplish by working together,” says Chris Harges, Mountain Hardwear’s global marketing director. “Supporting and inspiring our next generation of climbers and mountaineers is such a fitting tribute to Jonny and Micah.”

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 with distribute $20,000 to North American applicants. The award is sponsored by Mountain Hardwear, Black Diamond Equipment, La Sportiva, and Patagonia, with support from the Jonny Copp Foundation, American Alpine Club and Sender Films.

For more information on the Copp-Dash Inspire Award and application downloads, go to or Only teams/individuals from North America are eligible for expeditions occurring between April 1, 2015 and February 28, 2016. Award winners will be announced by March 30, 2015.

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.

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