Climbing Mountains to Fight Cancer
For the last few years Earth Treks has been partnering with Livestrong and Survivor Summit!
“Survivor Summit is a LIVESTRONG partnered event that exists to provide inspiration, motivation and hope for those among us facing uphill battles.” The Mission of the Survivor Summit Foundation is to lead cancer survivors and their supporters on life altering journeys, inspiring them and the community at large to challenge the mental and physical boundaries associated with cancer. You can visit www.survivorsummit.org to learn more about the Kilimanjaro Expedition.
On December 4th, the documentary, “Conquering Kilimanjaro,” (http://www.conqueringkilimanjaro.com/) produced by Growing Bolder premiered in Orlando. This documentary follows 16 Cancer Survivors and community advocates while they attempt to climb Kilimanjaro. With a successful summit this really is a truly inspiring and touching documentary. Earth Treks’ CEO Chris Warner and long time guide Nelson Laur, led this expedition, which placed 100% of the climbers on the summit.
Chris Warner and other guides will be leading the 3rd Survivor Summit Kili Climb for Livestrong in late January 2015.
Check out the story on the premier of Conquering Kilimanjaro in Orlando on Thursday, December 3, 2014 below…
Recently a few Earth Treks Timonium and Earth Treks Golden staff got together and decided to head out for a climbing trip to the Red River Gorge.
Here is Jodye Boam’s blog about their trip! Enjoy the blog and amazing photos!
Climbing in Red River Gorge
by Jodye Boam, Earth Treks Timonium
Retail Assistant/Shift Supervisor
Rainy is the first word I can think of to sum up our climbing trip to the Red River Gorge in October. But contrary to popular belief, rain does not ruin a climbing trip (condensation, on the other hand, is en entirely different beast). At least not with a crew as psyched as ours. Included in the line up were Earth Treks all-stars Matt and Charlotte Bosley, Mike Hauck, and myself, as well as Justin Smith, Sam Voso, and Adam Pettee.
We all stayed in a cozy cabin that had a wonderful surprise in store for us. One particular night, while we were relaxing in the hot tub (!) it started to rain sideways. Booms of thunder were punctuated by screams of terror as we all sprinted into the safety of the cabin. To say we were surprised that it was just as wet inside as it was outside would be an understatement. Rain was pouring in through our (apparently unsealed) windows, soaking everything on the left side of the house. Don’t worry, though: when we called the cabin rental agency, they confirmed that it was, in fact, going to rain again the following day, and that they’d send up plenty of towels for us to clean up with.
Weather aside, we had 10 full days ahead of us, and no set agenda. We took plenty of time to climb the classics, as well as explore routes we’d always swept past, and found some real gems along the way. Thank goodness for four wheel drive; most of our time was spent in the depths of PMRP, where, it seems, the climbing potential expands every time we return.
Purgatory, home of the classics Lucifer 5.14c, as well as Paradise Lost 5.13a was one of the first destinations on our list. We found great warm-ups just around the corner. In perfectly pumpy Red River Gorge style, the holds were great and the angle was steep, which provided fun and interesting climbing for everyone. After a sufficient warm-up, Matt put in great work on Dracula ’04, being hindered not by the pump, but by that pesky condensation we talked about earlier. Meanwhile, Justin hopped on Paradise Lost, a project he had committed to on our last trip to the Red. After a few days of work, a break in the weather, and a send train led by none other and Anna Stohr, Justin was able to send!
Running with the theme of hard sends, Mike found his project, Triple-Sec (aka 50 Bucks) 5.12d, at The Sanctuary in the always beautiful Muir Valley. Mike’s send of this seemingly blank face, sprinkled with a few crimps and pockets, leading to a crux, then to a no-hands-rest, followed by another crux, was truly inspiring.
Another fine gem in PMRP was Random Precision, one of the few vertical climbs in the entire Red River Gorge. This was one of my absolute favorite climbs of the trip, and one I’d surely come back to again.
Drive-By is another crag we found ourselves at time and again. With climbs like Breakfast Burrito, Fire and Brimstone, Naked Lunch, and Whip Stocking, lined up perfectly in a row, it was hard to stay away. After we had all tried nearly every classic moderate Drive-By had to offer, we made our way down the line and eventually came to the super-classic 5.14c Kaleidoscope. You know the saying: last go, best go. Matt punctuated the trip perfectly with a send on the very last day!
ET Golden Members:
Join us on Wednesday, November 26th to celebrate One Year of opening our doors here in Colorado. We couldn’t have this great Climbing Community if it wasn’t for all of you!!!
(November 5 – December 10)
What is it?
This is a 6 Week Bouldering Series open to members that want to climb, mingle, meet other awesome ET members!
How does it work?
Fantastic way to meet people, and encourage friendly competition! The first week will determine ability levels, and the 2nd week people of varying abilities will be placed on a team. Every week Earth Treks setters will set 7 new boulder problems specifically for the series. Participants will attempt all 7 problems, each hold having a point
When is it?
Wednesdays | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Who can participate?
Earth Treks Members
Have you hit a performance plateau?
Do you experience irrational fears? Have you met all your climbing goals?
The Clinic will involve climbing exercises. You’ll learn to:
-Become aware of your mind’s limiting tendencies
-Use your mind’s intelligence to do effective risk assessment
-Distinguish between no-fall and yes-fall zones
-Make appropriate risk decisions
-Practice falling in small increments
-Give a cushioned belay
-Engage your body to develop flow and momentum
-Deal with climbing stress effectively
-Improve problem-solving skills
-Reduce fear, and more.
Where: Earth Treks Golden
When: Monday, October 20
Time: 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
- $99.00 for Earth Treks Members
- $119 for Non-members
Participants receive free laminated reminder card, a reference PDF on all exercises and follow up lessons.
Register for the Warriors Way Clinic online
or you can call Earth Treks Golden at 303-222-9564