Springing Ahead to Rainier

Gary Fallesen
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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 pitches. Meredith loved it. Olivia said it was “OK”; there was no cell-phone reception.

It was also a time for Olivia and I to climb a small mountain to see if we were ready for Rainier. We were. And we climbed it in good style two weeks later on Father's Day (Sunday, June 21).

Olivia Schultz, 13, climbing Mount Rainier with her dad on Father's Day.

I have to admit to being a little nervous with Olivia up there. I prayed almost constantly for guidance and support. Conditions were excellent and we got up and down safely.

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E-mail olimerkei@yahoo.com if you would like to meet up in His name.

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