You don’t have to live or travel to Colorado to take part in Prayer Peaks Day. In 2002, on the last Saturday in June (the traditional date of the event), there were climbers seeking higher ground in Colorado, New York, and Denmark.
While Prayer Peaks Day founder Derek Fullerton was ascending the cross on Mount of the Holy Cross, James Doenges was leading a group of 27 from Longmont, Colo., up 14,060-foot Mount Bierstadt. Twenty-two reached the summit in three separate parties and shared in prayer, including a man who was celebrating his 56th birthday with his first Fourteener.
Doenges said: “There was no way to keep 27 with varied abilities together all day. I stayed on or near the summit and encouraged those who got close and then led prayers right on top among the crowds.”
Fullerton also prayed after reaching the summit of Holy Cross.
“I moved off the summit a little ways to spend about 1½ hours in prayer and read 1 and 2 Thessalonians, Psalms 85 to 87, and some other short passages,” Fullerton recalled. “I prayed geographically from the East Coast to the West Coast.”
He also lifted up a group in Denmark. Inge Poulsen, Laila Kruger and Majbrit Jessen climbed Dollerup Bakker, hills surrounded by trees and a lake near the town of Lunderskov.
“I had prepared a prayer using the seven biblical principles from Derek’s Web site,” Poulsen said. “We walked to the top of the hill and prayed.
“Afterwards we talked and laughed and Majbrit made a cross and a fish in the sand on the hill. We had a great time; it was a great feeling sitting on a hill and praying for the churches around the world.”
While the hills of Denmark are thousands of feet smaller than Colorado’s Rockies, these three 20-year-olds fulfilled Fullerton’s vision.
Two New York families did the same thing in the Adirondack High Peaks – a mountain range with 42 summits reaching 4,000-plus feet. The Esper family of Long Lake, N.Y., joined the Fallesen family of Rochester, N.Y., for a time of prayer at the trailhead leading to 5,344-foot Mount Marcy, New York’s tallest mountain. The Espers then climbed 4,161-foot Phelps Mountain, while the Fallesens went up nearby 4,098-foot Cascade Mountain. It was the third year the Fallesens had participated in Prayer Peaks Day, having climbed in the Tetons in Wyoming in 2000 and joining Fullerton in Colorado in 2001.
“What a committed family you are to each other and serving our God in His beautiful creation,” Fullerton said.