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Colorado Climbers Late Home from China

Submitted By: Nick Wilder on Jun 5, 2009


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Three Boulder, Colorado climbers—Jonathan Copp (age 35), Micah Dash (age 30), and Wade Johnson (age 24)—are overdue, having missed their flight on June 3 from Chengdu, China.

The three traveled to Mount Edgar (6818 meters/22,368 feet) on the Minya Konka massif, Western Sichuan Province, China. They embarked from base camp on May 20, 2009. There hasn’t been any contact with the climbers since.

Copp and Dash are highly experienced alpinists and professional climbers who have many years experience tackling big unclimbed mountains around the world. They received the Mugs Stump Award grant for this expedition from the American Alpine Club in 2008 but had to delay the climb until now, due to political unrest in the region. Johnson (a photographer with Sender Films) was accompanying Dash and Copp to base camp and did not intend to attempt the climb to the summit.

On June 4, 2009, a small party of experienced climbers, organized through the Sichuan Mountaineering Association, arrived in base camp and are preparing to continue up to the advanced base camp to gather information. Search efforts are being professionally coordinated by friends and colleagues in Boulder and more climbers from China and the US are being deployed to the area. Developing information will be shared as soon as it is available.

"We’re taking all the necessary steps to gather information about the climbers’ whereabouts and haven’t identified any complications beyond their lateness. Although we’re concerned, in alpine climbing it’s not unusual to for climbers to be delayed or out of contact for this long. We are still hopeful," says Robb Shurr, spokesperson for the search effort.

A fund to help assist in rescue efforts has been set up at adventurefilm.org/.

No other information is currently available. As soon as more information becomes available it will be shared. Please do not contact friends and family due to the sensitive nature of the situation.


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By KENtucky
From: Richmond, Ky
Jun 5, 2009

Hope they are okay, its scary to even think about this....

By George Marsden
Jun 6, 2009

AP is reporting that 1 body has been found but not identified.

www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jyJH9H4eOi6URE_zn>>>

My thoughts and prayers go out to all their friends and family.

George

By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From: Bend, OR
Jun 6, 2009

Oh crap. This is awful. My thoughts are with their friends and family.

By Marc H
From: Lafayette, CO
Jun 6, 2009

Clicky to donate money for rescue effort



Clicky for blog with "up-to-date" info

Clicky to MP.com thread on the subject

By John McNamee
Administrator
From: Littleton, CO
Jun 6, 2009

latest press release from the search effort:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Robb Shurr, Kickstand Communications
303-304-9580
robb@wearekickstand.com


Climber's Body Found in China

June 6, 2009, Boulder, CO—A body has been found in avalanche debris at 4000 meters on Mount Edgar (6818 meters/22,368 feet) on the Minya Konka massif, Western Sichuan Province, China. It is believed to be one of the American climbers currently being searched for, though there is no positive identification at this time.

A team of local Chinese climbers has initiated the search effort. More Chinese and American climbers are en route to the area.

The three American climbers are from Boulder, Colorado—Jonathan Copp (age 35), Micah Dash (age 32), and Wade Johnson (age 24)—and have not been heard from since May 20.

“We are working hard to get a positive ID on the climber’s body and are keeping the search effort underway,” says Robb Shurr, spokesperson for the search effort.

A blog with up to date information and a fund to help assist in search and rescue efforts has been set up at adventurefilm.org/.

No other information is currently available. As soon as more information becomes available it will be shared. Please do not contact friends and family due to the sensitive nature of the situation.

Deepest sympathy and condolences to family and friends.

This is looking like it is not going to turn out the way we all hoped.

By Seth Murphy
Jun 7, 2009

Thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Micah, Johnny, and Wade. (sigh).....

By James Garrett
Jun 7, 2009

Horrible news. My hopes and crossed fingers for Jonny, Micah, and Wade. Please keep us updated. I'm sick with the thought of it all.

By Jay Karst
From: Golden
Jun 7, 2009

An Alpine star will forever shine in the Heavens,
Thank you JONNY!

American Climber’s Body Identified in China

6/7/2009 3:30:00 PM

June 7, 2009, Boulder, CO—The body found in avalanche debris at 4000 meters on Mount Edgar (6818 meters/22,368 feet), China, has been positively identified as Jonathan “Jonny” Copp, age 35 of Boulder, CO.

“Our deepest condolences and love go to all of Jonny’s family and friends—and that list of people is so long. He will be sorely missed, but we celebrate his inspiring and amazing life,” says Robb Shurr, spokesperson for the search effort.

Jonny was one of three American climbers on the expedition. The search continues for the other two, Micah Dash (age 32), and Wade Johnson (age 24).

The first team of American climbers, Eric Decaria and Nick Martino, have landed in China and should arrive in base camp Monday to coordinate search efforts with the Chinese team already in place. A second team of American climbers, Peter Takeda and Steven Su, are en route to China.

“We are deeply grateful to the Chinese climbers and rescue workers who have been doing everything possible on the ground to carry out the search,” says Shurr.

A blog with up-to-date information and a fund to help assist in search and rescue efforts have been set up at adventurefilm.org/

By john weaver
Jun 7, 2009

is praying 4 the best,,,,

By Zach Zehr
Jun 9, 2009

We are holding a slide show fund raiser on Friday the 12th at the Estes Park Mountain Shop 2050 Big Thompson Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517. Tommy Caldwell will be presenting and all of the money raised at this event will go toward the search efforts! The show starts at 8 pm at the shop! Please come out and support this cause! Z