Fighting gravity all the way up to the top of one of our favorite climbs - Slab McNabb in TN! Awesome times with 20 outstanding people on SLAMMED 2016!!
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Friday, July 29, 2016
Overcoming fears and conquering self imposed limitations was just part of the experience while we went over the edge of our 7-story heart-stopping rappel yesterday. Not even pouring rain or impending night fall could stop us from completing this adrenaline pumping adventure! Praising God that He calls us to be overcomers, not succumbers!!
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
It could be worse... it could be 104!! Getting ready for our SLAMMED Adventure Trip. With this heat I'm so glad we have 20 "cool" people on their way up to camp!! I see a lot of swimming in our future ;)
We almost made it through the entire summer without a flat tire... almost. One small screw kept our annual flat tire streak going. Not a problem, the GTD Pit Crew is on it!
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Today we got a rare day to go play on the rocks without a group. Often we don't have the time during an event for the guides and volunteers to actually get to do the activities we are providing for the group so today was a special day of play for us. In this picture I'm belaying Laurie from on top of the mountain as she rock climbs upwards (I have her locked in during the picture) and Carson is rappelling below. We had a wonderful time checking out new routes for future groups while savoring some play time during our down time. Our trip starts tomorrow and we are recharged! Yip! Yip!
Monday, July 25, 2016
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Relive the moments from our Adventure Trip with the middle school youth group from Calvary Chapel of St Petersburg, FL. Check out over 2600 pictures from our outrageous time together at camp in the mountains of eastern TN!!
Friday, July 15, 2016
Thursday, July 14, 2016
The pleasant morning weather conditions quickly gave way to soaring heat after noon time as the temperature soared to around 100 degrees. During the challenging hike down, with only 10 minutes before we were back to the vans, one of the youth passed out... then a few other youths started feeling faint from heat exhaustion and had to lay down. It was quickly becoming a serious situation. A nearby trickling waterfall became our source for cooling down overheating kids while everyone started sharing their remaining drinking water. We possibly didn't need to, but we couldn't take any chances so we called 911 as we continued to cool down the students. Within a few minutes a small army of Rangers and emergency personnel arrived at the bottom of the mountain. One Ranger hiked up to assess the situation and help the one youth that had passed out in any way possible. By this time we had already cooled him down and hydrated him and he was sitting up answering questions. Over the next 25 minutes everyone was able to hike down on their own. Once at the bottom, the paramedics spent the next hour observing the overheated students while cooling them off and rehydrating them. No more intervention was needed and everyone was cleared to return to camp. On the way back to camp we stopped for snacks like ice cream. Three hours after the incident everyone was all smiles. Our special thanks to the emergency personnel who came and helped. They regularly see all types of emergencies in the mountains and have an average response time of only 5 minutes. We thank God for them, the youth leaders who who helped care for kids, our staff and volunteers who worked exhaustively all day, and for a perfectly placed trickling waterfall. Everyone was back to normal in a few hours. Praise God!
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
We had a phenomenal day of rock climbing and rappelling with the middle school youth group from Calvary Chapel St Pete. It was a picturesque sunny day with jaw dropping mountain top views overlooking the white water below. It was the perfect day... until 2pm... (to be continued)...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Monday, July 11, 2016
One of our favorite days at camp is water day! We are "soaking" up this amazing God-made water park on a beautiful sunny day in TN!! Waterfall slides, cliff jumps, and swimming... it's a goooooooooo day!!
Sometimes adventuring includes a trip to the hospital. One of our 14 year old participants hit her shin on a rock while playing in the river yesterday afternoon. The result was a 3 inch gash in her shin that required 7 stitches. We were so impressed with the young lady who was injured as we watched her keep an upbeat positive attitude while challenging herself not to cry. Mission accomplished... even while enduring the pain of the impact, wound cleaning, injections, and suture needle. This girl is tough, funny, and incredibly smart! Our thanks to the Etowah, TN medical staff at Wood's Memorial Hospital who took excellent care of our young patient who will be a spectator for most of the activities for the next couple of days. Thank you to all of prayer warriors out there that constantly lift us up in prayer!
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Yesterday afternoon the middle school youth group from Calvary Chapel St Pete arrived at camp in Tellico Plains, TN. After setting up the campsite they kicked off their week with praise and worship around the campfire. The best way to start camp!
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Carson and I have spent the day getting supplies, buying groceries, and prepping for our Adventure Trip with the middle school youth group from Calvary Chapel St Pete... which starts in a few hours. It's our 12th annual trip with this phenomenal youth group. We can't wait! Keep us in your prayers over the next 5 days as we brave the wild with 40 people!
Friday, July 8, 2016
Relive the 17 mile & 42 river crossing backpacking adventure on Jacks River Trail with Landry Academy! See why this is indeed a bucket list trip!
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016
We can't thank Fredrick James Accounting enough for volunteering their energy and donating their time to prepare our annual 990 business tax report. They. Do. It. Every. Year. I can't express in words the appreciation we have for the excellent job and quality work they donate to us each and every year! The amount of time, energy, money, and most importantly - sanity that they save us is enormous!! We are so blessed to have their partnership and support!!! Thank you so much Fred, Crystal, Wilda, Joe, Steve and the entire FJA team for going above and beyond to serve us so that we can do what we do! No ministry can function without many parts playing vital roles. FJA plays a vital role that enables us to do ministry. Thank. You. So. Much! We love you guys!
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
I would wish this hike upon everyone! We conquered 42 gorgeous river crossings in a span of 17 miles of backpacking on Jacks River Trail over a 4 day period with a bunch of outstanding students (and some of their family) from Landry Academy including the magnificent couple - Tom & Jen Henriksen. It was AMAZING!!!!
Saturday, July 2, 2016
Friday, July 1, 2016
1) Stay up in TN between trips
2) Drive home between trips
3) Get a cheap flight home between trips