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Mission: Denali 2008


Midnight sun

(Photo by Johnathan Esper, Mission: Denali 2007)

Date: May 12 (arrive in Anchorage) to June 6, 2008.

Team: Minimum of five U.S. members; maximum of 10. This team is full! 

Team members: Rod Briggs, Seattle, Wash.; Cameron Carson, Orono, Minn.; Charleton Churchill, Jackson, Calif., trip leader; TJ Engstrom, Bozeman, Mont.; Tim Hall, Boulder, Colo., assistant leader; Daniel Karlsen, Golden, Colo.; Karim Mella, Tampa. Fla.; Jim Moore, Crystal Bay, Nev.; and Cristina Robles, Zacatecas, Mexico.

Cost: $1,825. The cost includes round-trip airfare from Talkeetna to the Kahiltna Glacier (Denali Base Camp), National Park Service climbing permit and park fee, round-trip transportation from Anchorage to Talkeetna, lodging in Anchorage and Talkeetna, food and fuel on the mountain, and an expedition T-shirt. The cost does not include airfare to Anchorage, insurance, or any needed group gear.

Purpose: To share the love and truth of Christ with other climbers on the mountain; to promote encounters with the Divine; and to disciple one another and grow deeper in our faith, understanding, and ability to minister. Secondary objectives include supporting and encouraging our friends at Chapel By The Sea in Anchorage and Talkeetna Community Church in the town that is the staging area for the trip to Denali. These churches and their people, who are the body of Christ, bless us and we will seek to bless them. Another secondary objective is an opportunity to stand on the highest peak in North America (weather permitting).

Location: West Buttress route on Mount McKinley, Chapel By The Sea in Anchorage, and Talkeetna Community Church in Talkeetna.

Prerequisites: Ability to share the Gospel and testimony of your life in Christ. You must have a servant’s heart, extended cold-weather winter camping experience, solid ability to self-arrest, and experience in glacier travel and crevasse rescue techniques. We recommend you have experience exercising at altitude.

Leaders: Trip leader is Charleton Churchill and assistant leader is Tim Hall. Both have extensive experience and they summited as part of Mission: Denali 2007. Charleton is a youth pastor and Tim has worked as an instructor for Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries in Wyoming. Jim Doenges of Climbing For Christ will serve as trip advisor. Jim has summited and was trip leader for Mission: Denali 2007.

NOTE: This is not a guided climb, except by the Holy Spirit. Trip leaders are not paid, and Climbing For Christ accrues no profit. We expect all team members to haul full loads up the Kahiltna glacier, contribute to the daily chores of the expedition, and fully support the purpose of the mission.

For more information: Contact Jim at jdoenges@ClimbingForChrist.org or call (303) 594-8113; or Charleton at vertical_hiker@yahoo.com and (209) 603-1741.

The Word

“Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live.” — Psalm 43:3


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