Mission: Mexico 2005
Dates: April 15 to 26, 2005. Click for DISPATCHES and the FINAL REPORT on this inaugural mission.
Team: Kyle Austin, Long Lake, NY; Jason Bewick, Wheaton, IL; Cheryl, Chip, Brecken, Josiah, Galen and Hansel Esper, Long Lake, NY; Gary and Jesse Fallesen, Rochester, NY; Todd Paris, Pottersville, NY, and Joseph Rooks, Wheaton, IL.
Climbing For Christ member Tim Trezise and his family are on a full-time mission in Mexico, leading EduVenture in Rancho Huapoca, Mexico. EduVenture is a non-profit Christian organization, based in Tucson, Ariz., in which college students from the United States ("with a passion for God and the outdoors") learn and serve in different cultures. Rancho Huapoca is located in the Sierra Madre Mountains in the northern state of Chihuahua.
As part of Climbing For Christ’s mission to go everywhere in the world – particularly the mountainous areas – and tell all the Good News to everyone, we have proposed to support and learn from the work being done by Tim and EduVenture in Mexico. We asked Tim how we can support his ministry. One of the things on his prayer list: "Work teams to help us with various construction projects at our campus."
Our desire was to:
- Send a work team to help with construction projects on the remote 18,000-acre Rancho Huapoca. There is a need for a small house for EduVenture Mexico’s new adventure leader and his wife, which we will help build.
- Set rock-climbing routes to be used by students and the Christian camp that is held from April to September.
- Assist local ministry at the Pima Village in Mesa Blanca, if possible.
As part of this Evangelic Expedition, climbers planned to:
- Rock climb and set routes on the cliffs over the campus. (There is currently a 5.7 trad crack climb and a 5.6 top-rope face climb set, but Tim could use help drilling and setting bolts and anchors on the face climb to make it a sport route. “There is a lot to develop and clean – enough to keep a group of climbers busy for a day or two.”)
- Boulder on the EduVenture campus, where there is a 40-foot face and at the legendary Hueco Tanks outside El Paso, Texas, before returning home.
- Canyoneer in Basaseachi Falls National Park, which has the biggest sport climbl in the world (appropriately named El Gigante). Backpacking through the Grand Canyon of Mexico.
- Mountaineer in the volcanoes of Mexico (17,126-foot Iztaccihuatl, 17,887-foot Popocatepetl, 18,405-foot El Pico de Orizaba, 14,640-foot La Malinche and 15,354-foot Nevado de Toluca), located a great distance (at least a 15-to-20-hour drive) to the south of the EduVenture base. (This would require staying on an extra week to 10 days after the April 15-26 mission. At this time, no members are planning to climb the volcanoes on this particular trip. A future mission!)
While climbing, bouldering, canyoneering and mountaineering, Climbing For Christ members have the opportunity to share the Jesus we love with other climbers and with those people we encounter on the way to these many and varied climbing areas.