As many of you may have heard, last weekend, three climbers were reported missing on Mount Edgar in China: Jonny Copp, Micah Dash and Wade Johnson. This is shattering news. Our hearts and prayers go out to the friends and families of the missing climbers. Please go here for more information and to learn how you can help support search efforts: www.adventurefilm.org/blogs/adventure_blog.aspx
Friend and contributor to this website, Pete Takeda, just left for China from his hometown of Boulder, Colorado to assist in the seach efforts. He sent me this text message late yesterday:
"Tuesday 4:43, Chengdu time. 40 hours into a nonstop trip from Boulder to Moxi village. Winding mountain roads after 3 air legs: DIA > San Francisco > Beijing > Chengdu. Nineteen days after Jonny Copp, Micah Dash and Wade Johnson were last seen living in basecamp. Two bodies have been found. One confirmed as Jonny Copp. I cancelled my Pakistan trip to go on what started out as a rescue and is now not looking very hopeful. I hope Micah is still alive. We’re meeting Eric Decaria and Nick Martino in a half day. Steve Su and I have been going to bring our friends back. Nick Rosen and Mick Follari are leaving the States in 10 hours as the third wave. I am wired and can’t give any thought to anything but what needs to be done. Don’t know how long this will take but we have incredible support: from headquarters, Nick Rosen, Pete Mortimer, Mark Reiner, Ben Alexandra, Jose Javari, Robb Schurr...the headquarters crew in Boulder and the thousands of other friends, families and strangers who have cried, toiled on their phones and computers, donated, called, emailed, posted, announced and just plain been helping and volunteering time, money, hugs, tears, smiles and prayers. Also the US Consulate, Chinese Consulate, American and Chinese climbers and organizations, anonymous donors, the outdoor industry…the list goes on and on.
All this support shows how many lives that Jonny, Micah and Wade have touched. I know personally that Jonny would do the same for any of us."
- Pete Takeda