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Mission: Denali 2007

Dispatches

Reported by JIM DOENGES
Climbing For Christ minister of outreach
Written by GARY FALLESEN
Climbing For Christ president

 

Team photo

Team photo in Anchorage before the climb began.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

The Climbing For Christ team has returned from its mission to Alaska, but team members remain “on mission.” Lygon and Nick Stevens were written about in a story appearing today in the Loveland (Colo.) Daily Reporter-Herald. To read the story, CLICK HERE.

Monday, June 4, 2007 (11 a.m. Alaska time)

Jim Doenges reporting from Anchorage:

I'll be heading back to Colorado around midnight. Tom Melancon flew out last night. The other will be leaving in the next few days.

Last night, we enjoyed our time at the celebratory pot-luck dinner put on for us by the Chapel By The Sea Church. It was a rare day in Anchorage — it was sunny out. Because of that the turnout was pretty low for the pot-luck. Everyone was out enjoying the day. About 30 people attended the pot-luck and heard our presentation. I gave an overview on Climbing For Christ and showed slides of our missions to Haiti and Kilimanjaro. Then for most of the Denali talk, I asked the team to speak. They shared about this mission. Our presentation was very well received.

Note: Watch for a FINAL REPORT on Mission: Denali to be filed by Jim.

Sunday, June 3, 2007 (8:30 a.m. Alaska time)

Jim Doenges reporting from Anchorage:

I took Charleton Churchill to the airport. We are worshipping this morning at Chapel By The Sea Church and they will be hosting us at 6 p.m. for a potluck dinner. That'll be very nice.

Friday, June 1, 2007 (5 p.m. Alaska time)

Jim Doenges reporting from Anchorage:

The team has arrived in Anchorage. We had two wonderful people from Chapel By The Sea who came to pick us up in two large vehicles. They transported us and all of our gear to The Haven, the building next to their church. It's good to be here. We are invited to a celebratory pot-luck after church on Sunday. Everyone will be attending except for Charleton, who has a flight home tomorrow night. The rest of us will be worshipping together — a great way to end a great trip.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 (5:30 p.m. Alaska time)

Gary Fallesen reporting:

The entire team is off the mountain. The nine members were flown to Talkeetna, where they are staying tonight. Praise God for safe passage to and from Denali.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 (2:15 p.m. Alaska time)

Jim Doenges reporting from Talkeetna:

I just flew in from the mountain. I was the first one out. The Park Service rangers suggested I get going since I've been sick. The others are waiting their turn to get out. If the weather holds, everyone should be back in Talkeetna today. Everyone else is doing great.

We returned to Base Camp on Wednesday after a 22-hour slog down from 14 Camp. We left late in the day on Tuesday so we could avoid the heat on the glacier and we hoped the crevasses that are opening up would be a little more stable. Charleton Churchill stepped through one crevasse; he had one leg in and one leg out. He was leading our rope team and probing when he punched through. I was behind him on belay and grabbed him quickly. We got him out, but then it took us some time to get over the crevasse because it was spread out all along the slope. We finally just went over the two-foot hole, one at a time. It was pretty exciting.

The eight who reached the summit were pretty thrashed by a couple of days of hard climbing and didn't return to 14 Camp until late Sunday. We worshipped together, shared the Lord's Supper, and had a rest day on Monday. It has snowed every day all day at 14,000 feet so all the other climbing teams have been in their tents. There wasn't much mingling going on so our original plan to witness at that camp was difficult. We decided as a team to move down to Base Camp where we knew bad weather had backed up teams trying to get off the mountain. Planes hadn't flown for a couple of days. We figured we'd have better opportunities to share at Base Camp, and we'd get in line to get back to Talkeetna. There were about 70 people ahead of us. I got put in an empty seat on another (air) taxi service. The others will be flying out on Hudson Air.

We'll scramble to get everything together and get back to Anchorage by Saturday night so we can worship at Chapel By The Sea on Sunday. Then people will start to go home. That's our plan for now. More later.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Gary Fallesen reporting:

A story on Climbing For Christ and, in particular, Mission: Denali appeared today in the Rocky Mountain News. CLICK HERE to read it.

Sunday, May 27, 2007 (7:30 p.m. Alaska time)

Gary Fallesen reporting:

Eight members of the Climbing For Christ Mission: Denali team have reached the 20,320-foot summit of Mount McKinley and returned to High Camp. Charleton Churchill, Johnathan Esper, Tim Hall, Tom Melancon, John and Nathan Straubinger, and Lygon and Nick Stevens stood on North America's rooftop during a 13-hour day Saturday.

Jim Doenges called from the camp at 14,000 feet to say that he expected the group to rejoin him later today. Jim spoke by satellite phone with his wife Teresa to wish her a happy fifth anniversary and exchange “I love yous.” Praise God for this blessed news.

Saturday, May 26, 2007 (10:30 a.m. Alaska time): SUMMIT DAY

Jim Doenges reporting from Denali:

Yesterday, after a nice team meeting we were scheduled to do a cache up at 16. Instead the team decided to go up to 17 (17,200 feet) in one push and establish our High Camp. I stayed at 14 (14,000-foot camp). The rest of the team made it up there — Charleton, Johnathan, Tim, Tom, John, Nathan, Lygon and Nick. It was a very tough day for them. They had some headaches and nausea. The good news is, as of this hour, they just left High Camp and are making their summit bid. It's a balmy day up there at 17: 15 degrees with 20-to-30-mph winds. It should be really manageable. This is their one shot. After today the weather deteriorates. The winds pick up and clouds roll in again. They will try to descend tomorrow regardless of the weather.

Thursday, May 24, 2007 (11 a.m. Alaska time)

Jim Doenges reporting from Denali:

The entire team is up at 14 (14,000-foot camp). We've established camp at 14. Yesterday was, I would say, an epic day moving up from 11.2 (11,200-foot camp). We started out in bright sunshine and then picked up a nice breeze. The breeze became a full gale. There was steady snow the rest of the day. Most of the group say coming around aptly named Windy Corner was the hardest thing they've ever done. Several were in tears. It was a very challenging and difficult day. There was a crevasse area above Windy Corner. We followed wands (marking the way around crevasses). Charleton Churchill did a great job probing in front of the group (to help them avoid crevasses). It was 9 p.m. when we got in at 14.

All is fairly well. I want to share a couple ways God has used us. There was a pair of Brits — Simon and Murray — we were paralleling. Simon had some high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) symptoms; I gave him some medicine and he let me pray for him, which was a big deal because they were both non-believers. We also helped a South Korean team. They needed fuel; they inadvertently cached all their fuel up higher. We met their fuel need.

We're planning a cache at 16 (16,000 feet) tomorrow and will see what we're going to do after that.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007 (10 a.m. Alaska time)

Gary Fallesen reporting:

Cheryl Esper (mother of Johnathan Esper) e-mailed: “I talked with the ranger in Talkeetna to determine if there were any options in securing another satellite phone for the team. There are none, as I thought. She did inform me that there are currently three stationed rangers at 14,000 feet who have satellite phones, thus reassuring me there is ample emergency communication services available at that camp. The ranger also said, 'It is snowing like crazy up there now, so everyone is hunkered down for awhile.' She noted that teams were moving higher yesterday, not hampered by bad weather at that point. When I asked about the conditions on the mountain, she stated that the lower glacier presents conditions similar to late season, but the upper mountain is presently experiencing weather and snow conditions similar to early season which makes this 'a very tough year to climb in.' As of last evening (May 22), there were more than 400 climbers on the mountain, 95 had left the mountain, 15 had summited for a 16-percent summit success rate. There are a total of 1,073 registered climbers for Denali this year. It is a requirement that a team obtain a permit at least 60 days in advance of the start of their climb date.”

The forecast from the National Weather Service in Fairbanks (posted at 6 a.m.) called for snow showers today and tonight with accumulations of less than six inches today and less than six inches tonight, and temperatures ranging from a high of 15 degrees to a low of minus-5. Winds were forecast at less than 20 mph. Scattered snow showers were expected on Thursday with conditions improving to partly cloudy for Friday through Sunday as high pressure moves into the area and winds higher up the mountain decrease.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 (7:30 p.m. Alaska time)

Gary Fallesen reporting:

Kelly Churchill (Charleton Churchill's wife) e-mailed: “He called tonight and wanted me to let you know that they have no cell phone service on the mountain, but that they are at the 14,000-foot elevation. They are all doing well despite the blizzard. Four of the members are at the 14,000-foot elevation and the rest will join them tomorrow due to the weather.”

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 (9:30 a.m. Alaska time)

Gary Fallesen reporting:

I just received a phone call from Kevin Sellers, who is home with his wife and three children in Douglas, Alaska. He flew from Anchorage to Juneau last night. He was disappointed to get sick, but said he is not displeased with how everything turned out — considering the alternatives. “I'd rather be with my kids than dead on the mountain,” he said, adding he feels so-so health-wise.

Kevin said he was flown off the glacier Sunday evening after a quick retreat from 11,200 feet to Base Camp with Nick Stevens and Tim Hall. Nick and Tim were staying Sunday night in Base Camp before moving back up the mountain to catch the rest of the team. The team is expected to move to the 14,000-foot camp today. A weather system is moving in, but Kevin said that should work out for our team. “They can race up to 16 tomorrow and cache some gear and then get settled in at 14 for the weather and get stronger,” he said, referring to the opportunity to acclimatize before moving to higher camps. He said a break in the heat and scorching sun would be a welcome relief, although it has been dipping down as low as minus-5 or minus-10 at night.

The team has had good interaction with other climbers, particularly some British and South Korean mountaineers. “Everyone likes to hang around and talk,” he said. He added that our group also is getting along very well.

Kevin said they probably knew about the deaths of two climbers higher up the mountain “before you heard anything. News is traveling pretty fast on the mountain. We did a couple of days of devotionals around death and prayed for safety and for the families of those climbers. Our hearts went out to those people.

“We felt all along that God was going before us and softening hearts so they would be ready to receive the Good News.”

Monday, May 21, 2007 (12:30 p.m. Alaska time)

Gary Fallesen reporting:

I just got off the phone from calling Shana Sellers, Kevin's wife. She spoke with Kevin last night. He was already in Talkeetna. Aside from a bad cough, he said he was fine. He was traveling to Anchorage today and trying to get a flight back to Juneau as soon as possible. Praise God for Kevin's improved health. We are sorry the trip had to end for him this way, but are thankful he got off the mountain so quickly and is feeling better. Please continue to lift the nine team members on the mountain for safety, good health, and opportunities to answer divine appointments.

Sunday, May 20, 2007 (2 p.m. Alaska time)

Jim Doenges reporting from Denali:

The team came up to 11.2 Camp today. Kevin Sellers came down with rapid onset HAPE (High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema) symptoms. We are sending him back down. He will be heading out to Base Camp to fly out. We're sending Nick Stevens and Tim Hall to escort him down. They'll also be trailing along with another expedition. Kevin is really healthy; he just has typical symptoms of HAPE — a very tight chest, cough, headache, greatly decreased ability to perform. He started coughing during the night. Yesterday during the day he was strong as an ox. [Medical note: HAPE is an altitude sickeness that is life threatening. Essentially the lungs fill with fluid. The remedy is a quick descent, which results in recovery.]

The health of the rest of the group is very good. Everyone else is doing great. We made our second carry to 11.2 (11,200 feet) yesterday and established camp at 11.2 today. We'll probably carry to 14 Camp on Monday. Nick and Tim will see Kevin off and catch back up with us at 14 Camp. We have radios to keep in touch with one another. Meg Perdue from the National Park Service happened by when we were talking to another team about Kevin so the Park Service has information about this as well.

Other than this the trip has been great. We've had benign weather — it's calm and sunny today, just like yesterday. We've had good devotionals, prayer time, some fun stepping over crevasses, and heard big avalanches at night. We're looking forward to worshipping and praying up at 14,000 feet.

Saturday, May 19, 2007 (2 p.m. Alaska time)

Gary Fallesen reporting:

Two climbers from Washington died in a fall on the Messner Couloir on the West Buttress Route. The accident occurred Thursday evening at 19,000 feet.

One Climbing For Christ member e-mailed: “Just heard of the two climbers killed on Denali. Jesus have mercy. Our team has a ministry of comfort and peace in the midst of the grief.”

CLICK HERE to read the Anchorage Daily News story that appeared today.

Thursday, May 17, 2007 (10:30 a.m. Alaska time)

Jim Doenges reporting from Denali:

We are at Camp 1. We are on schedule, everything is going well, and everybody is healthy. Our satellite phone broke, which is why I haven't reported in since our arrival on the glacier. I'm borrowing a sat phone from a Korean group.

The flight in on Monday was good. Everybody made it in on the first attempt. We spent Tuesday going over crevasse rescue and yesterday we moved up to Camp 1. That was a major slog. We got a foot of fresh snow the first night on the mountain. When we left Base Camp at 5 a.m. yesterday it was bitter cold, but by mid-day it was brutally hot. We were all carrying heavy loads, pretty much everything we brought. That was a tough day.

Today, we're going to go up Squirrel Hill to do a cache and we plan to move up higher on the mountain tomorrow. I'm not sure yet if we're going to go to 11K Camp or set up an intermediate camp. We'll see.

I'm standing here looking up at our route on the West Buttress. I can see Windy Corner. It's a crystal clear day. Really nice. We've been blessed abundantly. We're already answering divine appointments. We're pretty visible on the mountain. And now that we have to borrow a sat phone to call in, we'll have opportunities to speak with other groups from other countries — like the Korean team that let us use their phone for this Dispatch. Hopefully at 14K and 17K camps we'll also be able to use our cell phone (there is some service up there).

Keep praying for us. We send our love home to family and friends.

Monday, May 14, 2007 (11:23 a.m. Alaska time)

Jim Doenges reporting from Talkeetna:

I'm loading onto the plane. We're going!

Pastor Brittain and the congregation of Talkeetna Community Church were a blessing to us and we look forward to speaking with them again when we come off the mountain.

We've heard that conditions on the mountain are horrific. It's a crevasse minefield right outside of Base Camp, which, as I've said before, was unheard of in past years. But it's divine timing for us. I had decided before we came up here that we weren't going anywhere the first day we were on the glacier. We were going to spend the first day brushing up on our crevasse skills. That's what we'll be doing on Tuesday. We will benefit from the back-log of teams flying in, caused by two days of bad weather on the mountain. First thing Tuesday morning, those guys will all be trying to head out. They'll pack everything down for us and locate all the crevasses. So it'll be good. I have to get on the plane now. Here we go!

UPDATE: At 2:12 p.m. Alaska time, Teresa Doenges (Jim's wife) reported from Colorado that she “spoke with Hudson Air a couple of seconds ago and only three from the team were awaiting pick-up for flight to the glacier. All others are on the mountain.” And on mission. May God bless them mightily. — Gary Fallesen reporting

Sunday, May 13, 2007 (11 p.m. Alaska time)

Jim Doenges reporting from Talkeetna:

The team packed and unpacked, sorted and resorted, and wondered how we're going to get 1,500 pounds of gear up this big hill. We are hopeful we'll get started on Monday.

In the meantime, Tom Melancon spent some time talking to Pastor Jim Brittain at Talkeetna Community Church after worship this morning and learned about a rift that developed between the town and the body of Christ about 30 years ago. They want to mend that deep wound. So tonight Tom, Nathan Straubinger, Tim Hall and I walked up and down the streets in the town and prayed for forgiveness, repentance, and revival in Talkeetna. It was a pretty powerful prayer time. Lord, hear our prayers.

 

Glacier flight?

Our plane to the Kahiltna Glacier. Not really. But everyone is eager to get there. (Photo by Johnathan Esper)

Sunday, May 13, 2007 (4 p.m. Alaska time)

Jim Doenges reporting from Talkeenta:

No one is flying again today. There's bad weather on the mountain. But the forecast for Monday is promising. We were blessed with an opportunity to worship at Talkeetna Community Church. They asked me to speak about Climbing For Christ and Mission: Denali. They needed someone to lead worship so Charleton Churchill stepped up and played piano during the service. Lygon Stevens and Tim Hall also played the piano for the postlude. The congregation prayed for us and asked us to pray for the church here and for Talkeetna. There is some serious spiritual warfare going on here.

After worship, Pastor Jim Brittain gave us the key to the church and we moved our belongings from the hostel to the church, where we'll stay tonight. I'm hoping to take a prayer walk through town with Tom Melancon this evening.

 

Check in

Signing in Saturday afternoon at the National Park Service office in Talkeetna to get climbing permits for Denali. (Photo by Johnathan Esper)

Saturday, May 12, 2007 (6 p.m. Alaska time)

Jim Doenges reporting from Talkeetna:

I'm calling from beautiful downtown Talkeetna, which has grown up some since I was last here (in 1990). There's a lot more commercial activity now. We have our climbing permits in hand. We were issued five clean-mountain cans for pooping. The Park Service doesn't think it is feasible for a group our size to remove all their waste, which was our original intent. We will bring all our poop down from 17,000 feet. Above 17, the poop goes in biodegradable bags and into a crevasse.

Speaking of crevasses, there is heightened crevasse-fall danger. That's because of the low snowfall this year. Ten teams had crevasse falls right out of Base Camp. Crevasse falls are happening where they'd never occurred before. Glacier conditions now are similar to what they used to be at the end of the climbing season. We're blessed that we're here early.

It's shaky whether we will get out on Sunday. Nobody flew out today. There's been steady snowfall and poor visibility at Kahiltna base. We'll see. Everybody's spirits are high. This is definitely a mission field. Our hostel, where we're staying, has Buddhist prayer flags outside and inside. The pizza joint we went to had Buddhist prayer flags all over. So keep those prayers coming. We'll need them.

Saturday, May 12, 2007 (10 a.m. Alaska time)

Jim Doenges reporting from the highway between Anchorage and Talkeetna:

We are on our way to Talkeetna in a convoy of three vehicles. All is well. We had our daily visit from the neighborhood moose in Anchorage, we've seen bald eagles, and the weather is good. We have meetings this afternoon at Hudson Air (our bush-plane service) and at the National Park Service to get our climbing permits and get briefed before heading to the mountain tomorrow. If we fly in the afternoon, we'll go to church in the morning at Talkeetna Community Church. If we fly in the morning, we'll worship on the glacier. Everyone arrived on schedule with all of their gear, although we've made many, many visits to REI and the grocery store this week. We're all set to go. This is a great group of people. We're ready to rock on the mountain for Him.

 

Packing

A gear sort at Chapel by the Sea in Anchorage. (Photo by Johnathan Esper) 

Friday, May 11, 2007

The team is fully assembled in Anchorage.

 

Pastors luncheon

Jim Doenges shares about Climbing For Christ and Mission: Denali with a group of pastors in Anchorage. (Photo by Johnathan Esper)

Thursday, May 10, 2007 (2:15 p.m. Alaska time)

Jim Doenges reporting from Anchorage:

Nathan, Johnathan and I met with 16 evangelical pastors from various churches in Anchorage at their weekly lunch, including Pastor Ken of Chapel by the Sea. I had an opportunity to share about Climbing For Christ and Mission: Denali. The pastors prayed for our team, for unity, for protection on the mountain, and for the hearts of those we will encounter. It was a blessed time.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007 (2:30 p.m. Pacific time)

Gary Fallesen reporting:

Charleton Churchill, a youth pastor at Calvary Chapel Amador in Pine Grove, Calif., was featured in a story in his local newspaper — the Gold Country Times — under the headline, “Trusting in the Lord ... at 20,320 Feet.” The headline was based on Charleton's quote about Scripture that is his focus for this trip: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understandings, but in all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

“Denali has been a goal of mine for a long time,” Charleton says in the story, “and I have known this mountain to be tough. I don't ever want toughness to win in my life. I'm going to be tired, cold, wanting to give up, but I will need to learn to persevere through it all. I don't ever want people to complain and give up. Never give up on marriage, on yourself, your life, your church, and especially on God. Stick it out.”

Charleton is due to arrive in Anchorage to join other members of the team who are assembling there in anticipation of Sunday's bush-plane flight to the Kahiltna Glacier — the start of the climb of Denali.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007 (3 p.m. Alaska time)

Gary Fallesen reporting:

Kevin Sellers sent an e-mail to family, friends and supporters. It said, in part: “Just under six months ago I felt led to seek out a potential group of Christian climbers who might be going to climb Denali's Mount McKinley. A Yahoo search led me to the Climbing For Christ Web site and an appointment with the mountain.

“They say in the church that the church is the body of Christ. I like to think of Climbing For Christ and Mission: Denali as an extension of the body, kind of like one of my little toes. I cherish my little toe and although I could live without it, I would not be complete unless I had it. I like to think that God feels this way, too, about the climbers on Denali.
 
“My prayer is that the Holy Spirit prepare us on the mountain to realize who we are when living without Jesus and the forgiveness He promises us through repentence. To tell you the truth, I am pretty excited to go work the fields of one heck of a desolate wilderness. I pray that your prayer be for a plentiful harvest and safe return of all who visit Denali this season!”
 
Amen.

Monday, May 7, 2007 (8:55 p.m. Mountain time)

Jim Doenges reporting from Colorado:

Nate Straubinger and I are flying from Denver as the first team members scheduled to arrive in Anchorage. We will spend the next couple days shopping for food and packing all the meals for the expedition.

Pre-Trip Report

Jim Doenges reporting from Colorado:

Mission: Denali begins with the Climbing For Christ team assembling this week in Anchorage for final preparations before heading to Talkeetna and our flight onto the mountain on Sunday, May 13. Ten members – Charleton Churchill, Johnathan Esper, Tim Hall, Tom Melancon, Kevin Sellers, brothers John and Nathan Straubinger, sister and brother Lygon and Nick Stevens, and I – will share the love and truth of Christ with the estimated 1,200 climbers expected to be on the West Buttress route. It's not a wilderness experience, but it is a mission trip. The team will promote encounters with the Divine, distribute Bibles, and hold public worship services on this mountain now festooned with Budhist prayer flags within a National Park. More than 40 countries will likely be represented on the mountain.

Members of the Climbing For Christ team will also disciple one another and grow deeper in their faith, understanding, and ability to minister. Secondary objectives include promoting and modeling the finest environmental stewardship practices, encouraging and serving churches in Anchorage and Talkeetna, and having an opportunity to stand on the highest point of North America.

The Climbing For Christ team includes members ranging in age from 19 to 51, which is the same age that Christian missionary Hudson Stuck was when he became the first to summit Denali in 1914. Seven members of the team hale from Colorado, with the others coming from Alaska, California, and New York.

The mission will likely last 18 to 24 days, covering 17 climbing miles and about 13,500 vertical feet. Former Park Mountaineering Ranger Johnathan Waterman wrote that Denali is “arguably the coldest mountain on earth. All other 20,000-foot peaks are spread between latitude 43 degrees north and 32 degrees south of the equator.” Denali lies close to the Arctic Circle. Fred Beckey, in his book Mount McKinley: Icy Crown of North America, wrote: “McKinley has a treacherous grandeur. It is both majestic and a menace to alpinists, particularly because of the diversity of its challenge.” Denali is a place where temperatures can range from 80-degrees F to more than minus-40, storms can rage for a week, and avalanches can sweep the glaciers that act as thoroughfares for climbers.

Hudson Stuck wrote “only those who have experienced bad weather at great heights can understand how impossible it is to proceed in the face of it. The strongest, the most resolute must yield.” The late Bradford Washburn, the man to pioneer the West Buttress route, wrote in 1957 that “the ascent of McKinley is a curious paradox. Under certain conditions it can be surprisingly easy, while under others it can be almost fiendishly difficult.” (Note: Doenges has fond memories of an afternoon spent with Brad Washburn years ago in New Hampshire; it inspired him to make his first ascent in 1990.)

Please be in prayer for our team, and for those we seek to reach.

The Mission: Denali team is very thankful for the help from the gracious people of Chapel By the Sea Church in Anchorage for providing lodging and transportation to Talkeetna.

The Word

“I lift up my eyes to the hills — where does my help come from?

“My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
— Psalm 121:1-2

 

The Team

Jim Doenges, expedition leader, Littleton, CO; Charleton Churchill, Jackson, CA; Johnathan Esper, Long Lake, N.Y.; Timothy Hall, Boulder, CO; Thomas Melancon, Colorado Springs, CO; Kevin Sellers, Douglas, AK; John and Nathan Straubinger, Lakewood, CO, Lygon and Nick Stevens, Loveland, CO.

Learn more about the team on the TEAM BIOS page.

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