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Front Range

Fall (or is it a winter?) climb

We'd like to take a group climbing on Saturday, Oct. 24. Contact Josh Carroll at frontrangec4c@hotmail.com with suggestions for a peak and if you want to come along.

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 dollars more wasn’t worth someone getting hurt.”

Carroll, who climbed with “24 Hours” creator Kenny Jolley and Kenny’s sister Jill, said his group raised $600-$700 for Mission: Haiti. George Jakab, a member from Denver who did his own variation of the “24 Hours of Torreys” on Saturday, May 30, raised $670 for Haiti.

CLICK HERE to read Josh and George's reports.

$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.

Mini-Mission: Haiti

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.

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.

Past Events

Winter Climb

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 practice self arresting! A vote was taken and the members were more interested in learning and practicing than they were in summiting the mountain. I demonstrated how to self arrest from several positions and everyone had a chance to practice 5-6 times on the slopes. We had lunch on the ridge, enjoying the views. I melted some snow for water. And then we headed back to the trailhead.

— Josh Carroll

Mission: Haiti Presentation

2008 and ’09 team members Steve Quakenbush and Josh Carroll shared with more than 200 people the work God is doing through Climbing For Christ in the mountains of Haiti during Sunday, Feb. 15 worship at First United Methodist Church in Canon City, Colo.

“There was lots of encouragement,” Josh said. “Lots of people interested in helping out financially, and lots of people surprised to hear about the immense need!”

Haiti remains the biggest item on Climbing For Christ's budget. Anyone who can help the least of these living in the hemisphere's poorest nation, please send your gift to Climbing For Christ, P.O. Box 16290, Rochester, NY 14616-0290. Or CLICK HERE and use PayPal. Thanks!


The Front Range Chapter's first meeting was Aug. 1, 2004 at South Suburban Christian Church in the Denver suburb of Littleton, Colo. Fifteen people attended the meeting.

Jim Doenges, a licensed minister and life-long mountaineer, coordinated the chapter from Nov. 12, 2005-Sept. 16, 2008. The first event Doenges led was an avalanche awareness clinic attended by 20 people on Dec. 15, 2005. Read Doenges' story, “I Want What He Has” in Partners In Climb.

Josh Carroll, a Mission: Haiti veteran, coordinated the chapter from September 2008 to September 2010.



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