Climbing fundraiser to profit Vietnam orphans | Information

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The 15th annual Chandler Mountain Challenge takes place on Saturday from 9am to 8pm. Oregon-based Climbers for Christ will continue to host the event at Horsepen 40. According to Discipleship Ambassador Josh Reyes, Horsepen 40 is considered a “very renowned bouldering field” in the climbing community.

Boulders throughout the property are given a number based on difficulty. Climbers for Christ rewards climbers with points based on which boulders they climb. Based on the number of points earned, a corresponding donation will be made to a non-profit organization.

Because of a “Double Down” sponsor last year, climbers collectively earned about 3,000 points and $6,000 was the final donation. This year Climbers for Christ plans to reach about 2000 points.

“It’s a unique concept in the climbing community, and as far as we know, we’re the only ones in the country doing it,” Reyes said.

Tickets to the event are $20 and include admission, dinner and a t-shirt. Admission to Horsepen 40 is $10 per person.

Reyes said competitors are invited to register online through the Chandler Mountain Challenge Facebook page. Registration is also available on-site during the day.

Beginners to elite climbers are welcome. Reyes said Horsepen 40 hosts an environment that allows anyone, whether inexperienced or experienced, to come out and reach their skill level appropriately. The basic requirements for climbing are climbing shoes and a crash pad.

“It’s a very unique style of climbing compared to most places. There’s a lot of really easy to moderate climbs, so someone could show up on day one and do a few climbs and have a blast doing it,” said Reyes.

Each year, Climbers for Christ selects a different charitable organization to donate to. This year’s non-profit organization is Orphan Voice, an organization that benefits orphaned children in Vietnam. Based in Danang Vietnam,

Reyes said Climbers for Christ is particularly excited to help this organization because they provide support to children in need. They also provide sex trafficking rescue and prevention services and teach life trade skills.

“They’re about addressing the roots of a lot of these problems, rather than just putting band-aids over gunshot wounds,” Reyes said.

In 2018, Reyes and other church members visited Vietnam to help Orphan Voice establish a therapy center. He described the project as “very close to his heart” because he was able to build a climbing wall for their therapy center.

For more information on Ophan Voice, visit orphanvoice.org.