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2 August 2006 at 12:00 AM #3925Pete ThomasGuest
I’m keen to hear from anyone who climbs and is a Christian. We’d have a lot in common, and I’ve got a few ideas. I’m inspired by, for example, Solid Rock and similar websites you can click to from there (www.srcfc.org) and Christian Surfers (www.christiansurfers.org.au). Email me on:
christianclimberwa at yahoo dot com dot au
Cheers, Peter2 August 2006 at 12:00 AM #3926richardKeymaster
Peter, when the gear’s thin and the climb’s run out, we’re all christians.2 August 2006 at 12:00 AM #3927AhmedKeymaster
Not me Richard, inshallah!2 August 2006 at 12:00 AM #3928richardKeymaster
I stand corrected. (On polished slabs faith works as well as anything else, or as badly:)3 August 2006 at 12:00 AM #3929LukeKeymaster
on polished slabs i’d rather put my trust in the ‘force’…3 August 2006 at 12:00 AM #3930YodaKeymaster
Slabs lead to fear, fear leads to hate, hate leads to the dark side.6 August 2006 at 12:00 AM #3931SRKeymaster
Nice one Yoda!
I’ve been known to mention The holy one’s name fairly frequently whilst climbing. Apart from that and my old climbing shoes, that’s about as holy as I get.
SR9 August 2006 at 12:00 AM #3932DaveKeymaster
are you prepared to climb with someone who isnt a christian?9 August 2006 at 12:00 AM #3933GodKeymaster
I guess the good point made above is that you slab climbers already have the main pre-requisite, see below:
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:1,6)
This is best contemplated on “Speeding Chickens” at Mt Cuthbert.
And by the way, you carry the church in your heart, no need for fancy buildings, OK?
Also “thou shall not drill wherever there are trad gear placements”. That’s why I made them, silly.10 August 2006 at 12:00 AM #3934Pete ThomasKeymaster
Good to see some fun comments on this! Thanks to “God” (hmmm!) – I had even thought of posting the same verse and, amazingly, the same example climb to illustrate faith. Looks like climbers have a good appreciation of what it is already!
There’s a couple of serious questions in there, I think. Would I climb with a non-Christian? God forbid! In fact I think the answer’s yes most of the time. Hence the original post, to see if there’s any similar animals to me out there. Church in your heart…, no fancy buildings or traditions required, but being part of the church (people) is good. Christians aren’t that effective in isolation – God deliberately doesn’t work that way, he made us social creatures, who depend on each other.
Any more Christian climbers – please do contact me on email as per start of this thread. That’s enough from me, off to the gym…12 August 2006 at 12:00 AM #3935GrampsKeymaster
Yes I’m quite happy at being a christain and yes I climb with a group of like minded people23 June 2018 at 11:34 PM #188875Jeffrey MyersGuest
Two climbers – Jason Wells and Tim Klein – die in fall from El Capitan, June 2, 2018
“And yet there is One who holds this falling“
– In Memoriam –
Maker of the mountains and sculptor of the rock,
Our grief is deep, but our gratitude is deeper still:
for the privilege to touch the living rock
during the few summers of our lives;
for the opportunity to climb
and to grow beyond ourselves;
and for friendships, planted on hard granite,
which remain forever green.
God of grace and gravity,
We are reminded again, painfully,
that in a broken world
handholds sometimes break,
Reassure us that there is One who finally holds all our falling.1
Help us to trust that Love is stronger than death.2
And should mountains move or we fall beyond the reach of friends,
let us fall into the hands which have held us from the beginning –
the hands which will set our feet at last upon mountains
that will not turn to dust3
beneath a sun which will not set.
Spirit of the Living God,
whisper hope to those whose hearts have been broken by stone and loss;
make new our lives,
the Changer and the Changed.
Let all who walk through the valley of the shadow of death
rise up on the wings of promise:
For you will go out in joy and be led forth in peace,
the mountains and hills will burst into song before you.4
And the song shall never end.
1 „We’re all falling…
And yet there is One who holds this falling
Endlessly gently in his hands.“
“Autumn“, Rainer Maria Rilke
2 Song of Solomon 8:6
3 Isaiah 54:10
4 Isaiah 55:12