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Mexico Dispatches

By Todd Paris, missions coordinator

Saturday, May 13, 2006

As I was packing my clothes I was surprised to find a scorpion. I grabbed my camera, but he was gone. So I slowly shook out all of my clothes before packing them. I found him in one of my shirts ... stomped him, and then took the picture. The flight back to the states was uneventful.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Back up to the top-rope area, we trundled a bunch of the big, loose rocks on the routes and placed anchors for a fourth top-rope route to the right as well as an anchor for a good rappel station. Super hot this afternoon so we hid in the shade until supper. After chicken mole (Rafael and Lupita came over) I went out to the "pending "climb and poped the top anchor bolts in from above, set up a rope and jugged up to pull my draws off of it so the first ascent is still "pending." I wonder what we should call that one? Paul joined me in the now dark (and cooler) arroyo and climbed two of the other routes to pull draws that we had left.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

I was able to get one more good bolt in the "pending" route to protect the crux but couldn't pull the crimpy moves to the drill the top anchors. After lunch we went up on the shoulder of the mountain to the top-rope area. Did some cleaning on the rooutes.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Finished building the Tyrolean traverse this morning and took a couple of test runs - even Sergio took a ride. We didn't get the cable installed because the piece of cable that I had was too short by 20 feet, but we have a good anchor setup that uses the 200-meter static line that I brought down for the main line and a backup line and can be setup relatively quickly and safely. After lunch we went up into the arroyo and began working on that area. We bolted some routes in a ground up traditional way. We ended up with four routes one "pending" with potential for seven-to-eight more. A good beginner area with routes rated from 5.4-5.9.

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Cindy Tolle came in this morning. She is an exum mountain guide and runs a educational program similar to EduVenture at a ranch just over the mountain range from Calandria. We took her on a tour of all of the climbing areas and all of the potential areas. We found a spot up the arroyo that shows promise as a good slabby beginner area. Cindy is very humble for someone with her climbing ability and accomplishments. She has thousands of routes that she has established in the Needles, Tetons and Mexico (the main route up El Gigante is hers).

Monday, May 8, 2006 (3 p.m. local time)

The plane ride in yesterday was awesome — way better than a seven-hour car ride like we did last year. Saw the cliff dwellings and the hot springs from the air. Our pilot Len is a spry older guy who has been a missionary in Irian Jaya, Nigeria and China. He is still very active as a missionary pilot even in “retirement.” He is a avid hiker and went for a two-hour walk this morning. He'll be staying with us until he flies me out at the end of the week.

Paul and Jill's house, which we started work on last spring, is mostly done and is awesome! They have done some neat things in there.

I'm trying to set up the Tyrolean today, but the rock is less then bomber and the cable that I brought is almost too short — so it will be interesting. I look forward to meeting Cindy Tolle tonight and pray for opportunities to minister to her and the rest of the staff here as well.

Monday, May 8, 2006 (8:30 a.m. local time)

By Tim Trezise, EduVenture Mexico site director

Todd Paris touched down at 4:40 p.m. Sunday on the ranch. Their flight in with the missionary pilot went well despite a bit of turbulence. He shared with us about the Haiti trip last night at dinner. Then he blessed our socks off with showing Paul Inge and I the huge amount of climbing gear he is donating to EduVenture Mexico. He has been collecting gear for us since he returned from here last April. We didn't expect anything like that and were blown away by this generous gift, which will be a huge help is jump starting our climbing program.

After dinner we were all standing outside admiring the colors of the sunset and the grandeur of the mountains and Todd commented how good it was to be back. I think he likes it here.

I am heading over in an hour to help him start working on the Tyrolean traverse.


The Word

"You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands." — Isaiah 55:12

The Team

– Todd Paris of Pottersville, N.Y.

EVM Staff

– Tim and Kathy Trezise, and their children (Caleb and Joy).
– Paul and Jill Inge.
– Sergio Rosas.
– Rafael and Lupita Vargas.

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