This project was a blast, but also a scheduling nightmare! The plan was to film Chris Kopczynski, the President of Dishman Hills Conservancy, his daughter Kellie, and Jeff Johnson, board member of the Dishman Hills Conservancy. They would hike and climb to the top of Big Rock in the Dishman Hills while we filmed them. Chris Kopczynski, 69, is a world famous mountain climber. His career spans over 50 years where he scaled hundreds of mountains, like Robson, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Denali, Everest, and the Eiger. He became the ninth American to scale Everest and the 12th man in the world to climb the highest peak on all seven continents. Chris’ passion for rock climbing started when he was 16 when he climbed to the top of Big Rock.
We were super pumped for this project, but winter in Spokane decided to stick around until late March, which makes rock climbing and filming nearly impossible. Plus, Chris Kopczynski and the Corner Booth Media team are huge fans of the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The week we wanted to film, the Bulldogs decided to make it to the National Championship game. Our road trip to the Final Four pushed back filming until the week of the Dishman Hills Celebration Dinner. Luckily, the weather looked sunny on the Sunday before the dinner, so Tyler, Zack, and Mark Baker gathered their equipment and headed to the Dishman Hills.
When we got there, the weather once again became our enemy. The sun was gone. This was the last possible day to shoot so we went with it. During the whole hike up to Big Rock, the weather didn’t change, but we had to keep going. Once we made it to Big Rock, Chris, Kellie, Jeff, and Mark started climbing. Miraculously, the sun broke through the clouds and started shining on the climbers! We took out the drone and started flying. The footage was awesome and the whole day was a success. The next challenge was to edit the video with the dinner right around the corner. It took a couple of long nights, but the end product was a success. We made the deadline and a great video. Watch it here!
We want to thank Chris Kopczynski and the rest of the Dishman Hills Conservancy team who helped make the Dishman Hills Celebration Dinner a success. If you missed the opportunity to attend, there is still time to do your part. Donate today to preserve and protect the Wild Heart of Spokane.