Freedom Climb 2013 – On the Way Home!

By – Celia Shortt

The Freedom Climb team is leaving Kathmandu and each climber is on the way to her home! Click on the link below to see a video of them summiting Kala Patthar Peak.

Now that the climb is finished, the real work begins, continuing to raise awareness and funds for women and children all over the world who are oppressed, enslaved, and trafficked. Continue to pray for these women that they would use this experience wisely in that purpose. For more information on what they’re doing and how you can get involved with the Freedom Climb, go to the Freedom Climb Website.

Freedom Climb 2013 – Everyone is Back in Kathmandu!

By – Celia Shortt

Today, all the climbers are back in Kathmandu! Everyone of them made their flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. The weather was great, and the skies are still clear! All are thankful for the experience but glad to be off the mountain and anxious to get back home.

Christina and Pat

Christina and Pat

 

“We made it down the valley back to Kathmandu, we are healthy and mostly in one piece. An incredible adventure where we left everything (literally and figuratively) on the mountain, but I think I speak for the group when I say we are excited to be going home where we are without a doubt thankful for the friends and family who have supported us. As well as the little things like being able to walk to a warm bathroom barefoot, sit down toilets that flush, and ice cubes that don’t make you sick.” – Christina Taylor

Becky Barnhart

Becky Barnhart

 

“Back in Kathmandu…bittersweet to leave Lukla and the Himalayas this morning. Ready to be home, but also sad to leave. God has definitely met me on this journey, and I am forever grateful and blessed for the opportunity.” – Becky Barnhart

 

After reuniting with the prayer team, Tina Yeager, found out one of the most powerful parts of the climb happened in Kathmandu while her team was summiting Kala Patthar.

Tina and other climbers on Kala Patthar

Tina and other climbers on Kala Patthar

“The same day that we summited, in Kathmandu, the newspaper reported that that day ten traffickers were arrested. The article listed the traffickers’ names, and the prayer team talked about how they wrote down those names and prayed over each individual who was arrested to break their chains because the same bondage that holds these children and women is the same bondage that the enemy, who holds these sick people in bondage, uses. So our prayer team reacted in love towards these people, in prayer for these people, and in intercession for these ten people that they would be delivered.” – Tina Yeager

The team is spending another day in Kathmandu before flying out tomorrow evening (early evening our time). Thank you for all the prayers and everything each one of you has done. Continue to pray for the travels and that those who have been sick would continue to get better. Check back here, the Freedom Climb Facebook page, and website for more details, pictures, and videos of the climbers.

Freedom Climb 2013 – Back in Lukla

By – Celia Shortt

All of the Freedom Climbers are back in Lukla! The last of the climbers made it there this afternoon. Their trek today had much less snow than the last few days. They are enjoying the clearer weather and being one step closer to home.

Last Trek!

Last Trek!

Last Trek!

Last Trek! – Tina Yeager, Anette Sky, and Autumn Ross

Sue trying to lift a really HEAVY basket

Sue trying to lift a really HEAVY basket

Anette tried, too!

Anette tried, too!

God's Beauty in the Scenery

God’s Beauty in the Scenery

Beautiful Trek

Beautiful Trek

Last time crossing the bridge!

Last time crossing the bridge!

“I did this with my daughter. Twenty-five years ago when I gave birth to her, I never ever imagined that she and I would be trekking through the Himalayas together. And it’s just been such a wonderful experience — spiritually, physically, emotionally. We’ve hit it all.”       – Kristy Allan

Kristy Allan and her daughter, Lindsay.

Kristy Allan and her daughter, Lindsay.

Tomorrow, all the climbers head back to Kathmandu. The weather forecast says snow could be coming when they are supposed to fly out. So far, the weather has been clear. Pray that it stays clear, and everyone is able to fly out of Lukla and back to Kathmandu tomorrow (late night here). Check back here, the Freedom Climb Facebook page, and website for more details, pictures, and videos of the climbers.

Freedom Climb 2013 – Lots of Snow!

By – Celia Shortt

Today, both Freedom Climb teams continued their descent down the mountain. Cathey Anderson’s team headed to Monjo. The team that summited Kala Patthar headed to Namche. Both teams are still experiencing some crazy winter weather.

“The descent to Namche was cold and rainy with snow gusts. Currently, it’s a winter wonderland.” – Tina Yeager

Snowy Descent to Namche

Snowy Descent to Namche

Snowy Descent to Namche

Snowy Descent to Namche

Even with the crazy weather, they are pressing on to finish the climb well. One climber, Ana Lucia Berndt da Luz, from Brazil says this about this entire experience:

“It has been such an overwhelming experience. We can feel the spiritual welfare. Every time, we can see God’s hands over us, protecting us, providing everything we need. Many of us got sick, but everyone understands that our suffering connects us to the people we are climbing for — how they suffer, how they can’t bear their struggles. And we are here coming down, happy, getting better and better. And we are feeling victorious.”

On Kala Patthar

The View from Kala Patthar

Tomorrow, both teams will meet in Lukla where they will fly back to Kathmandu. Please pray for good weather. The forecast says there will be snow. If there is, they will not be able to fly out to Kathmandu. Continue to pray for their health and safety as they trek down the mountain. Check back here, the Freedom Climb Facebook page, and website for more details, pictures, and videos of the climbers.

Freedom Climb 2013 – Strong Helping the Weak

By – Celia Shortt

Yesterday, Cathey Anderson’s team had another surprise after they had settled into their camp…snow…in April! Their guide, Paul, says that he has never seen snow like this in April before.

“Looks like a white Christmas! Won’t have to worry about dust today!…Here’s a thought! We can see all this snow, and say, “Lord, REALLY???” Or we can say, “Lord! Really!!!!” Two of the ladies are so blessed because this is the first time in their lives they have ever seen snow! All in the perspective!” – Cathey Anderson

Snow in April!

Snow in April!

Some of the climbers also gained a perspective on this entire experience.

“One of the things I’ve seen in this experience is how important it is for the stronger people to be able to help the weak. And I’ve needed that. I don’t have good knees, so I needed  people to stick by me while we’re walking down. Cathey stuck by me all day. She could probably run down the mountain by herself. Thinking of the people who we climb for and how much they need the help of the Body of Christ, we have to stick by them.” – Joanne Hummel

Joanne and her  "special" bag after the flight

Joanne Hummel

Cathey’s team also took some much deserved time to celebrate Bama’s birthday (today)! Not only is Bama doing the Freedom Climb on her birthday, but she is also seeing snow for the first time in her life :)

Happy birthday, Bama!

Happy birthday, Bama!

The team that summited Kala Patthar is also headed down the mountain. To get to that summit, they had to deal with frigid temperatures and winds strong enough to knock them over. In the midst of those struggles, they were able to experience the presence and voice of God in a new way and identify even more with the women and children for whom they were climbing.

Autumn Ross

Autumn Ross

“We were struggling to get up there. It was so windy, and He was telling me that all you have to do is have faith, and I will finish this for you. So then I began to pray, and I asked the Lord to wake up all the prayer warriors. I felt that as they prayed that the Lord dispatched warring angels as well as ministering angels…I felt buoyed up by the angels, literally. And I felt like they were just lifting us up that last step.” – Autumn Ross

“Yesterday, when we were doing the summit day, it was so hard and physically painful. The whole time I kept thinking this really is symbolic of the pain those women and children are going through. It is a completely different kind of pain, but it was brutal. We just wanted to be done with it. Just thinking about the women and children who can’t be done with it, and they have to just live with it…I think we all have that on our minds and hearts when we’re climbing.” – Sarah Bradfield

Sarah Bradfield

Sarah Bradfield

Cathey’s team is headed Monju tomorrow, and the other team is headed to Namche. Continue to pray for their health and safety as they trek down the mountain. Check back here, the Freedom Climb Facebook page, and website for more details, pictures, and videos of the climbers.

Freedom Climb 2013 – Another Summit!

By – Celia Shortt

Ten out of the 16 climbers on Cathey Anderson’s team that is heading back down the mountain successfully summited Ama Dablam Base Camp! The ladies hiked up for 5 hours and then about another 1 1/2 back down to their camp at Dingboche.

Ama Dablam

Ama Dablam

“The hike was long, vigorous and victorious at the end. At times, we stopped. We had tea. We had panoramic views of all the mountain peaks around us. It was just amazing and beautiful. It was very exciting to stand at the summit as a group. What has kept me going? Just being a team and encouraging each other.” – Judy Hart

Judy Hart

Judy Hart

This group is staying in Dingboche tonight. Their next stop is Namche where each one is looking forward to a hot shower :) Continue to pray for their health and safety. Check back here, the Freedom Climb Facebook page, and website for more details, pictures, and videos of the climbers.

Freedom Climb 2013 – They Made it to the Summit!

By – Celia Shortt

“Praise God we made it! Our team summited! The Freedom Climb 2013 is at the top of Kala Pattar, and we’re praising God for His protection with our whole heart…Thank you for all your prayers and your love!” – Tina Yeager

They made it to Kala Patthar!

They made it to Kala Patthar!

Tina and climbers

Tina and climbers

The Freedom Climb team successfully made it to Kala Patthar Peak early this morning (early afternoon in Nepal)! The scenery was beautiful, but the weather was cold. Right now, they are trekking back to their campsite at Loboche. They need to reach it before dark. Tomorrow, these ladies begin their three days of  hiking down the mountain to Lukla.

Continue to pray for their health and safety. Check back here, the Freedom Climb Facebook page, and website for more details, pictures, and videos of the climbers.