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C4C Washington Cascade

Chapter Contact:

Keith Schultz, coordinator
Redmond, WA
E- mail: olimerkei@yahoo.com 

HIStory

Chapter's first meeting held Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005: “It was a pretty small turnout, with only four climbers and two wives with two kids showing up at the Seattle REI,” said Stefan “Stretch” Haller, the original chapter coordinator. “Two new members joined us as part of the four. We talked about each others’ testimonies and climbing experience. We also brought up the Pakistan Relief effort. After the meeting, a few of us went to a local gym, and hit it hard for a couple of hours. Good fellowship time.”

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Keith Schultz

Keith Schultz on the summit of Mount Rainier. Born: 1959. Residence: Redmond, Wash. Personal: Married, father of two girls. Occupation: Software Developer. How long have you climbed? 35 years. Type of climbing you do: Alpine is my favorite. I ski off. But I also climb rocks, gyms, mixed, mountains, glaciers, and vertical ice. Highlight of climbing career: There are many. Probably climbing Liberty Ridge on Rainier in two days of perfect weather is a standout. But there were also numerous first ascents in the Bitterroots of Montana that gave me great pleasure. How long have you be... Read more »

Springing Ahead to Rainier

By Keith Schultz Chapter coordinator There were just four of us on the Cascade Chapter’s trip to Icicle Canyon on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7: my daughters (Olivia, 13, and Meredith, 11), me, and God. We were joined by a bunch of climbers at the Rockfest, sponsored by Feathered Friends in Seattle. God was there in the two chance meetings of Christians I had not seen in awhile, and in the bonding between my daughters and me. We climbed both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was top roping a 5.7 and a 5.8. Sunday we did a four-pitch climb that I actually broke into eight pitc... Read more »

Take a Kid Climbing Day

The Dec. 20 gym climb was cancelled due to heavy snow outside. My apologies to anyone who went to Vertical World that day and did not find Climbing For Christ. We are going to try again! Join us from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1 at Vertical World in Redmond for Climbing For Christ's international “Take a Kid Climbing Day.” Please e-mail me at Olimerkei@yahoo.com if you plan to be there. Best regards! — Keith Schultz Read more »

Biting off more than we can chew

By Keith Schultz Chapter coordinator There were no volunteers for Mount Daniel so Trevor Zahn and I went up the Tooth in scorching heat on Aug. 16. Trevor is a friend of mine from church so we talked about our church and caught up on each others' trials and successes. It was a quick hike up the trail past Source Lake and then up the talus to the base. I led the first two pitches and Trevor led the third pitch, which was his first lead. Then we baked on the summit for awhile. Our plan was to climb the sawtooth ridge between the Tooth and Chair Peak, but the weather was just too hot. W... Read more »

Re-starting the chapter with a pair of Prayer Peaks

Dragontail Peak, left, looms over Colchuck Lake. Colchuck Glacier and Colchuck Peak are immediately to the right. (Photo by Keith Schultz) New coordinator Keith Schultz jump re-started the Cascade Chapter with climbs of Colchuck and Dragontail Peaks on June 26-29, 2008. Keith was accompanied by his 12-year-old daughter and four brothers in Christ. The group participated in the 11th annual Prayer Peaks Day, founded by Climbing For Christ board member Derek Fullerton of Colorado. Originally, Keith intended to attempt Mount Rainer, which he has summited several times. But unseasonable cold cau... Read more »

Postcard from the Ledge: Christian Conversation and Climbing

Rock Climbing in Icicle Canyon near Leavenworth, Wash., July 19 By Keith Schultz Chapter coordinator God brought five of us together for the weekend to climb and reflect on our roles as climbers and Christians. The talks on the way there and back were really the highpoint for me as we covered a lot of ground getting to know each other and our relative struggles with selfishness vs. servitude. But the climbing was great, too! God’s little playground, in this case, was a four-pitch rock. I only had two 60-meter ropes so we tied into the middles and ends of both ropes. This made f... Read more »