Thursday, June 11, 2009
Climbers Jonny Copp, Micah Dash and filmmaker Wade Johnson went missing last week attempting to summit Mount Edgar in the Sichuan province of China. Apparently victims of an avalanche, the bodies of Copp and Johnson have been recovered while the search goes on for Dash. It will seemingly take a miracle for his safe return to this world.
My friend Pete Takeda is one of the selfless members of the climbing community who's gone to China to aide the search. The situation is fluid but you can follow his early notes here. The wonderful video put together by the talented Johnson focuses on the relentlessly challenging and beautifully adventurous Copp and Dash. No guts no glory. In the piece, I was particularly drawn to Copp's shirt which read "Unfuck the World." It speaks volumes about who these guys were and how they should be remembered; special people not satisfied with easy options or playing it safe but still people of the people. As a show of solidarity, do something mighty today and see if you can't unfuck the world just a bit. It's takes guts to be different.
Another absolutely amazing alpining video made by Jonny Copp.