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Isaac Will

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Isaac Will, coordinator (above)
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Chapter Contents

Minnesota Base Camp
Inaugural Meeting
Haiti Clothing Drive
Past Events




Fifteen people attended the first meeting on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006. The group went rock climbing at Barn Bluff in Red Wing, Minn., picking up trash around the area, praying together, and sharing a beautiful day in His creation. CLICK HERE to read more about this inaugural event.

Indoor climbing at Vertical Endeavor, below, during the second meeting of the Minnesota Chapter. The inaugural gathering featured rock climbing in October 2006, center and bottom. (Photos by Isaac Will)


November meeting
Barn's Bluff
Barn's Bluff

Minnesota Chapter

By Isaac Will
Chapter coordinator


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. CLICK HERE to read “Lessons learned walking 50 miles.”


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.

Past Events

Climb On

The chapter's first annual “Climb On” weekend was Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 at Taylors Falls. CLICK HERE for more information. To see a YouTube slideshow go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uhz1KrDekOA (note: you will be leaving this Web site.)

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 my windshield during most of my drive to Afton due to a light drizzle that followed the newly arrived cold front.

Just as we have hope in things unseen, I knew the drizzle would fizzle as the sun got higher and we would have a great hike.

The hiking path was well maintained and allowed us to enjoy the conversation and sights along the way. We spent most of our time getting to know each other, telling stories and enjoying the excitement of a toddler in the woods. The trees were not quite in full color yet, but you could tell they were on the verge of a color explosion. Eliana (22 months old) hiked up the biggest hill of her life, all while singing parts of the ABCs, “Happy Birthday,” and “I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.”

Eliana Will walking the Afton Family Hike.

At the peak height of the trail, the park service had cut and burned about 10 acres of prairie grass that surrounded the hiking path, leaving the ground blackened and barren. Sporadic trees were left standing. They looked lonely. It reminded me about the photos I have seen from Haiti and we talked about life in Gentilhomme, what it is like, how God brought C4C there, and what is happening now (CLICK HERE to read about it).   

We stopped for lunch when we reached the banks of the St. Croix River. There was a large log laying high on the bank that served as both our chairs and table. It was an especially great experience for me; eating lunch with my daughter while sitting on a massive log next to a river that will ultimately flow it's waters into the Gulf of Mexico, thousands of miles away.

We took time to smell the leaves, touch pine needles, skip rocks in the river, and watch leaves float down a creek to the St. Croix. I would say we are all better friends and that the MN Chapter has started a great annual tradition with the Fall Foliage Family Fun hike!

— Isaac Will

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.

Prayer Peaks Day

Three members started hiking and praying over the first letter “p” when it started raining on Barn Bluff in Redwing, Minn. on Saturday, 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 and how they experienced God. We then hiked to the top, had a quick prayer session and headed down.

Vision casting

Gary Fallesen, president of Climbing For Christ, spoke at the chapter's 2008 kick-off meeting on Sunday, Jan. 6 at chapter coorindator Isaac Will's house. He will shared the HIStory of Climbing For Christ, reviewed 2007 mission trips, previewed the 2008 Evangelic Expeditions, shared personal God stories, and answered questions.

Thirteen people ate a pasta dinner and enjoyed fellowship. Isaac showed photos and videos of past Minnesota Chapter events. At the end of the meeting, he unveiled the 2008 calendar.

  • CLICK HERE for more Past Events from previous years.
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