Our goal was to raise money for Mission: Haiti. On Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, we held our first (annual maybe) 50/50. That is, 50 miles in 50 hours. This Climbing For Christ fundraiser was be held on the Superior Hiking Trail. Read more »
Afton Family Hike
The first annual C4C MN Chapter Fall Foliage Family Fun Hike on Saturday, Sept. 27 was a great success. Six people participated in the pleasant 3.5-mile hike through the rolling St. Croix River valley in Afton State Park. It was also the first C4C event for the newly married Eckers family. Congratulations to Gabe and Michelle! They have a great story about their relationship — I encourage everyone to ask them about it some time.
The prior evening's weather check called for clear skies, but my windshield wipers were intermittently oscillating across... Read more »
The chapter's first annual “Climb On” weekend was Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 at Taylors Falls. To see a YouTube slideshow go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uhz1KrDekOA Read more »
Climbing at Taylor’s Falls
We had eight people attend and two learned how to multi-pitch and trad climb on Saturday, July 26. One of those attending was an exchange student from Europe. We met a bunch of climbers and had some great dialogue with them, some about environment and a little about C4C when they would let me slip it in. Read more »
Prayer Peaks Day
Three members started hiking and praying over the first letter “p” when it started raining on Barn Bluff in Redwing, Minn. onSaturday, June 28. We found a cave that was a short, Class 4 scramble up from the trail, and took shelter there until the rain stopped. We continued to pray in the cave and talked about the significance of seeking shelter — in God. We read some other verses and prayed in the cave for a good hour. I shared some short passages from John Piper's Don't Waste Your Life. We talked about other Biblical people who spent time in caves an... Read more »
No snow for shoeing Saturday
There isn't even total ground cover at New Germany State Park in Garrett County, Maryland, and it's closed to skiing. So the Saturday, Jan. 26 snowshoe outing is postponed. We want to do it when conditions permit.
Questions? E-mail Dan McQueen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (410) 730-5957 or e-mail Nathaniel Lee at email@example.com or call 443 820-3253. Read more »
Trip Report: Hike on Old Rag Mountain
Nicholas Seaman, Uriah Simonton, Sarah Beth Cassel, Rodney Whitman and Dan McQueen hiked Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park on Saturday, Nov. 3. Nic and Uriah came with full packs of climbing gear as a climbing guidebook said there is some of the best rock climbing in the Mid-Atlantic on Old Rag.
Old Rag is the best known hike in this region. It is an interesting and challenging circuit hike of about eight miles featuring more than 2,000 vertical feet of climbing with the last mile a boulder and rock scramble up a ridge. On a clear day ther... Read more »
Trip Report: Hike up Big Schloss
By DAN McQUEEN
Saturday, Nov. 24 — At 6:36 a.m., with the temperature hovering at 26 degrees and a good breeze, Andrew Pendergast from Calvary Community Church and Dan McQueen drove west for two hours and 10 minutes to the Big Schloss parking area on forest road 92 in George Washington National Forest, Virginia.
Starting at 1,500-foot elevation we hiked up 1,400 feet over 3.7 miles along Stony Creek to Sugar Knob Cabin. We talked to a man who camped out the night before with his 10-year-old son, who was on his first backpa... Read more »
Hot-dogging it on Engineer Mountain
By Michael Wall
Western Slope chapter coordinator
Engineer Mountain Climb: Classic hike/climb, Saturday, July 23
Ascending the Engineer.
The team all met up early the morning of the climb in the La Plata County Fairgrounds parking lot. My soon-to-be wife Rachel and I were meeting two of her cousins. We all piled in my vehicle and headed north toward the trailhead. When we arrived, the parking lot was packed. I was somewhat blown away by all the cars. It was the most I had ever seen up there.
That day, I was dealing with an Achilles problem on... Read more »
Prayer Peaks Day
Western Slope Chapter coordinator Mike Wall reported: “Great Prayer Peaks hike (on Hogsback Mountain outside Durango on Saturday, July 2), but man was it hot! Thankfully, Dairy Queen is on the way home!” Read more »
Going to extremes for Haiti
Facing avalanche danger, members of the Colorado Front Range Chapter participating in an extreme CLIMBATHON event, cut short the “24 Hours of Torreys” on Saturday, June 20.
The plan for the “24 Hours of Torreys” had been ascents up three Class 3 routes — Dead Dog, Eroica, and Emperor couloirs — on 14,267-foot Torreys Peak. As much as 15,000 feet of vertical gain, all to raise financial support for Mission: Haiti.
“The mountain wasn’t in play that day,” said Josh Carroll. “We decided a couple d... Read more »
Fall (or is it a winter?) climb
We'd like to take a group climbing on Saturday, Oct. 24. Contact Josh Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions for a peak and if you want to come along. Read more »
$4 on the 4th
There will be a FourBucks Fundraiser on the 4th of every month. Skip your specialty coffee drink and give it to Climbing For Christ. Let's see how much we can do with this caffeinated money on Saturday, July 4. Read more »
Three Climbing For Christ members from the Front Range Chapter — Josh Carroll, Justin Lee and Dr. Steve Quakenbush — made a special trip to the Dominican Republic from March 27-30 to deliver medical supplies and other goods to missionary Miguel Rubén Guante. Josh and Steve were members of the Mission: Haiti 2008 team and are scheduled to participate in this year's Evangelic Expedition to Haiti in November and December. CLICK HERE for Josh's Trip Report. Read more »
Self-arrest practicing ground. (Photo by Jill Jolley)
We had a small group for our Winter climb of 13,427-foot Grizzly Peak D in Summit County on Saturday, Feb. 28. There were four cancellations Friday night and two more Saturday morning. Then we got off to a late start from the US 6 trailhead because of terrible traffic that turned a 50-minute drive into a 2½-hour drive.
We hiked the ridge. Had a lot of fellowship, storytelling, prayer, and discussions. We made it to the ridge that ascends Grizzly proper and found that it was an amazing environment to pr... Read more »
Join 'The Club'
Photo by Craig DeMartino
The Climbing Club (known as “Gripped”) is off for the summer months. The club will get together again in the autumn (dates to be announced) at Inner Strength Rock Gym, 3713 South Mason in Fort Collins.
Admission for the two-hour club is $12 and includes instruction, a harness, climbing, and fellowship. Proceeds ($1 per person) will benefit Climbing For Christ. For more information, contact the Cyndy DeMartino at (970) 461-8581.
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Pasta's On Us, Third Course: The third annual Adirondack Mountainfest outreach dinner was Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 at Lake Placid Baptist Church, 2253 Saranac Ave. Free food and drink. We offered a chance to start the carbo-loading for the Mountainfest weekend. Only 27 people took us up on the offer.
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Monday Night Climbing
Monday Night Football may end, but not climbing on Monday nights. It happens every Monday night at the Rocksport Gym until May.
Event organizer Jay Harrison is usually at the gym by 6 p.m. (sometimes as early as 4:30 p.m.). Cost is $8 without rentals, $12 with rentals.
Due to popular request (and regular attenders not minding) Tuesday Night Bouldering is now Monday Night Bouldering. Boulderers climbed every week from late spring to autumn from 5 p.m. until dark.
Aaron Welker putting the moves on a new problem at Johnson Ponds. (Photo by Todd Paris)
Monday N... Read more »
Fire tower hikes:
By CHERYL ESPER
Chapter coordinator (2003-2008)
The Wakely Mountain fire tower (above) is one of the first steel towers erected by New York state. In 1915, 10 steel towers were purchased from the AerMotor Company of Chicago, a windmill manufacturer. Wakely was one of nine erected in 1916, the 10th was put up in 1917.
Access into the tower was originally achieved by use of only a ladder. Self-supporting stairs were retrofitted into these towers beginning in 1929. All fire towers bought after 1916 came equipped with factory installed stairs.
Of these 10 onl... Read more »
Great Range Traverse
Matt Hager did a modified Great Range Traverse in a day on June 16. He did it solo. His report:
“When I began planning for the hike, I decided I wanted to make it a little easier so I would be successful. My hike began at 5:00 a.m. at the Adirondack Loj. It took me up the Van Hovenberg Trail to Mount Marcy by 8:30. The weather at that time was phenomenal. By 10 a.m., I made it over to Haystack Mountain. By noon, I had made it across both Basin and Saddleback. By 1:30 p.m., I was between the Gothics and Armstrong. It was kind of interesting (demoralizing?) to se... Read more »
The Pasta's On Us, Again. That was the theme of our second annual Adirondack International Mountainfest weekend outreach dinner, held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12 at Lake Placid Baptist Church on Saranac Avenue in Lake Placid. The pasta dinner was free to all, courtesy of Climbing For Christ. After eating, climbers were able to go to Keene Valley in time to see the first slide show of the weekend Friday night. Read more »
A new chapter in Tanzania
Pastor Winford Mosha of Lyasongoro Lutheran Church in Marangu reported that the team heading up the new Kilimanjaro Chapter of Climbing For Christ was able to hold its first meeting on Monday, April 14. The chapter's leadership agreed to the goals set by Climbing For Christ president Gary Fallesen:
Hold prayer meetings and praise celebrations before and after climbs.
Members will participate in ongoing Bible study (coordinated by Pastor Mosha and Climbing For Christ staff).
Prayer climb in April (coordinated by Dauson) with other prayer climbs in t... Read more »
Bible study begins
Chapter Bibles studies have begun in the U.S. (specifically Minnesota and Western New York), the Philippines, and in Tanzania. Pastor Winford Mosha met with eight other Marangu members of the Kilimanjaro Chapter on Saturday, Nov. 15 for their first Bible study.
Dauson Chonjo led the study, which focused on Ephesians 6:10 (“emphasizing that they be strong and take all the armor of God,” Pastor Mosha said).
The group agreed to meet every Sunday for Bible lessons and prayer. Additionally, Pastor Mosha said, “Everyone was urged to be a model in his sur... Read more »
Climb 102 is a two-day training session that will equip the avid and aspiring mountaineer! This training program was held at SPRING OF LIFE CAMP in ANTIPOLO Aug. 6-7.
The topics discussed:
BASIC FIRST AID
ORIENTEERING (MAP AND COMPASS READING)
The training is open for C4C members and non-members! Non-members are only required to BRING A NEW ILOCANO OR ENGLISH BIBLE as the registration fee and 200 pesos for meals for two training days.
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Climbing For Christ Philippines will be doing an exploratory climb to the village of Dalipey in the mountains of Kibungan to meet the people there for the first time. This climb was confirmed by the Lord when we ran into two teachers from this village in September 2010. In our conversation with them, they had heard of what we had done for the village of Tacadang and asked us if it was possible for us to visit their village also. So C4C Philippines is currently forming a team that will train together to go and climb to this mountain village Feb. 7-12. We are also in the midst of gathering Bible... Read more »