Thursday, May 30, 2019, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
You can leave at any time. You do not have to stay until the ending time. You will want to be there at 9 am for climbing instructions and to hear about the CWC ministry. The longer you stay, the more chances you will have to climb.
Shields Park / Minnehaha Rocks (A Spokane County Park)
5625 E. Upriver Drive, Spokane, WA 99217
1 mile east of Havana on Upriver Drive, north of Spokane City's Upriver Dam site
This activity will be NOT be cancelled for any weather reasons. We will climb, rain or shine.
Adults and kids! Come rock climb with Stan Busby, Climbers With Christ, and his team of volunteer belayers. All abilities (or lack thereof) are welcome. The Climbers With Christ team begins your day with a presentation about the CWC Mission. After that you will spend the rest of the day taking turns climbing the 5-6 courses they set up for you.
- All ages, including adults, can climb, as long as the climber can fit safely into the climbing gear. In general, kids 5 and older can fit into the gear.
- All ages can watch. Some of the climbing is in a steep, rocky, and forested area and the climbers are often walking between the climbing routes. Keep that in mind as you consider whether to bring your littlest ones. You cannot see all the climbing locations from one spot. You have to move around the rocks and forest to get from one climbing area to another.
Cost: Stan and his volunteers do not charge a fee for any of their outdoor adventures (snowshoeing, rock climbing, ice climbing, etc.) or clinics but "gifts" are appreciated to help with their expenses and compensate them for their donated time. The Busbys drive over 100 miles round trip from Usk, WA, just for this activity. (Just an FYI, Spokane Parks & Rec offers outdoor private guided group climbing day trips starting at $180 and youth climbing camps are $40 per day per kid. Mountain Gear offers 2 hour climbing classes for $20.) Please don't let money (or the lack thereof) keep you from coming.
- You can give your donation directly to Stan Busby of Climbers With Christ.
- You can mail a check made payable to Stan Busby, Climbers With Christ, 1121 Westside Calispell Road, Usk, WA 99180
All safety equipment is provided, which includes harnesses, carabiners, ropes, helmets, climbing shoes, experienced belayers with brakes, and the anchors to which the ropes are connected. Stan says, "It is more dangerous driving to the park than rock climbing when using their equipment."
What to bring: lunch, drinks, comfortable outdoor recreation shoes, climbing shoes if you have them, weather appropriate clothes, sunscreen, insect repellant, hand sanitizer (there is a pit toilet at the park).
- Climbers With Christ has a variety of climbing shoes to borrow but come ready to climb in your best hiking/outdoor shoes in case there aren't enough shoes in your size.
- We recommend wearing pants or capris (not shorts) that you don't mind getting roughed up. The rocks can tear up your knees, shins, and elbows. You might want to consider a shirt that goes past your elbows. Basically, the rocks are rough and dirty so wear clothes that can get dirty and scraped.
- If you have long hair, braids are best, ponytails are ok. Stan tells the story of his experienced rock climber friend who got her hair, up to her scalp, tangled in her ropes. The welts on her head eventually healed and her hair, which had to be cut off at her scalp, eventually grew back.
- You may want to bring a blanket and/or chairs to sit on while you are watching the climbers or waiting your turn to climb.
Release forms must be filled out for all climbers (kids and adults) before climbing. You can print and sign the Release forms below ahead of time (preferred) or sign the forms when you arrive.
Release - child
Release - adult
Tour limits: 25 climbers per day. No limit on non-climbers. Only climbers need to register. Non-climbers do not need to register.
More info at climberswithchrist.com or contact Climbers With Christ via email.
The Climbers With Christ mission: Sharing the Good-News of a rock solid ANCHOR in Jesus Christ in the local high and low alpine.