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C4C Adirondack Mountains

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Help Wanted: Climbing For Christ is looking for a coordinator for this chapter.



The Adirondack Mountains Chapter was formed on July 26, 2003 in Long Lake, N.Y. Cheryl Esper accepted the invitation from Gary Fallesen to coordinate the chapter. Read the story “Climbing with the Esper family” to see how God brought Gary and the Espers together.

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Pasta's On Us, Third Course

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.  Read more »

Monday Night Climbing

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

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

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 »

Outreach Dinner

Outreach Dinner 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 home church away from home church

A home church away from home church All at welcome at Lake Placid Baptist Climbing For Christ members are welcome to use the facilities at Lake Placid Baptist Church to sleep, shower or cook a meal. The current cost is only $5 to spend a night at the church. Pastor Derek asks for 30 days notice, but this church also can be called on in the event of an emergency. Of course, you can always worship at Lake Placid Baptist on a Sunday morning or evening. Visit to learn more about the church. Pastor Derek Spain and his family in Lake Placid, where he is pastor of the Lake ... Read more »

Climbing For Christ's first chapter form

The first chapter of Climbing For Christ – the Adirondack Mountains Chapter – was formed in Long Lake, N.Y., on July 26, 2003. Eleven men, women, and children hiked nearby Blue Mountain in the afternoon, a two-mile climb ascending 1,550 vertical feet to an elevation of 3,759 feet and then a few steps higher up an old fire tower (photo below). Twenty-one people attended the inaugural meeting that evening at the Long Lake Town Hall. The Esper family – Cheryl, Chip, and their five sons – hosted the event. The Espers are the chapter's coordinators. Climbing For Christ p... Read more »
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