Mission: Philippines 2013 Tacadang Traverse got underway this week. Please download the prayer calendar (below) and pray for our team. Read more »
Climbing For Christ board member Kevin Kimble said it well when he spoke of God "blessing us with all four seasons" as we hit the trails with Heritage Christian Services on Saturday, April 20th. At times it was sunny like summer, crisp like fall, and even snowy like winter. Of course, all along the trail the buds were beginning to pop as well, signaling the official arrival of spring.
Ready to hit the trail
We've been incredibly blessed by the wonderful fellowship and friendship that we've experienced throughout many seasons here in the Rochester area, as well as in the Adirondack Mountai... Read more »
For the fifth straight year, Climbing For Christ's Western New York Chapter is partnering with Heritage Christian Services on a series of special hikes. The 2013 kick-off was on Super Bowl weekend - Saturday, Feb. 2 - at Mendon Ponds Park in suburban Rochester, NY.
Story by Diane Sturmer (Heritage Christian Services/Climbing For Christ member)
Photos by Gary Fallesen (C4C president)
Elaine Fallesen had the chickadees eating out of her hand.
New snow covered Birdsong trail and more than 20 of us enjoyed a special time of snowshoeing and hiking! The chickadees were plentiful and many ... Read more »
Delivering laughter to the church
UPDATE: Brad Stine performed at a Climbing For Christ fundraiser on Friday, Jan. 4 in Rochester, N.Y. An offering was taken at the end of the event to benefit church building in Nepal. About $2,400 was raised.
Brad Stine was busy pursuing his craft. Or what he called the business of doing comedy. Little did he know that God had bigger plans for him. The Creator of all things, including laughter, wanted Brad to turn his comedy into His ministry.
“A couple years ago God called me into working in churches,” Brad will tell you. “I didn’t... Read more »
Record weekends at Hilton AppleFest, Photo Finish 5K
Lines formed in front of our food booth during good weather on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the annual Hilton AppleFest. (Photo by Katie Kimble)
HILTON, NY — Climbing For Christ hosted a food booth for the sixth straight year at the AppleFest in our ministry hometown of Hilton, NY, USA on Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. The festival — celebrating the ginormous apple harvest in Western New York — attracts thousands of visitors each year. And, praise God, this was a record AppleFest for Climbing For Christ!
Thank... Read more »
Welcome to Climbing For Christ Canada!
By Brandy Everts
Climbing For Christ Canada coordinator
While serving on Mission: Nepal 2012, Climbing For Christ president Gary Fallesen preached about being “Blessed to be a Blessing.” Canada has been blessed by God in many different ways, all the way from having Founding Fathers who in 1867 made our constitution founded on Biblical principles to having a God-fearing Prime Minister governing our nation. We have been blessed with food on our tables, heat in our houses, and the list goes on and on. The question is: what are we going to do... Read more »
Back to Bald Mountain
For the fourth year, Climbing For Christ partnered with Heritage Christians Services so that some of our friends — not to mention brothers and sisters in Christ — can enjoy God's creation.
Here's the report from C4C member and Heritage staff member Diane Sturmer on the annual Bald Mountain Climb, held Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 in Old Forge, NY, where the relationship between Climbing For Christ and Heritage began:
We had an incredible time on the Adirondack Adventure retreat! We prepared for the hike with a warm-up hike on Monday on Cresent Trail off of ... Read more »
Re-starting the chapter: Hike Chickies Rock
An easy one-mile hike on Chickies Rock near Columbia, Pa. on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008. Chapter coordinator Chip Beck and long-time member Bill Wos met. “We had a great time of fellowship and brainstorming,” Craig says, as he seeks to find ways to get more local members involved with the chapter.
The view of the Susquehanna River from the top of Chickies Rock. Read more »
Craig and 'Jon and Kate Plus 8'
Jon and Kate Plus 8, a reality TV show about a husband and wife who had twins and then sextuplets, visited the Christian theater in Lancaster where chapter coordinator Craig Beck worked as the lead small animal trainer.
“Hello everyone,” Craig said. “Hope all is well in your world. Just thought I'd give you a heads-up. Sight & Sound Theatres will be on an episode of Jon and Kate Plus 8 at 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2008 on The Learning Channel. The family visited here a few weeks ago and we were able to show a few critters to ... Read more »
Lucas Huey was leading a hiking trip to the Pinnacles National Monument on Saturday, Nov. 8. It went well, he said despite the lack of hikers. “No one turned out, but that's fine,” he said. “Christie and I turned it into a prayer hike.
“It was a pretty amazing day. We saw and talked to two other groups of hikers, most of which were believers, and the others didn't want to hear it. So I prayed for them while hiking.”
A good lesson for all of us. Read more »
We're rethinking our famous C4C-3B — a monthly meeting where we will have a Bible study, do some bouldering and hang out by a bonfire. Thanks to a lot of help, the WonderWill bouldering cave (located at 7611 Kiowa Ave., Chanhassen) is open for business, and ready for fellowship!
We've been meeting every month at my house. Now we're looking at branching out at a local climbing gym (or gyms). Stay tuned for more details.
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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 email@example.com or call (410) 730-5957 or e-mail Nathaniel Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 »