Climbing of any sort is often described as a passion more than a simple sport, hobby or diversion. As followers of Jesus, we believe that often times the things we are passionate about (be it climbing, snowboarding or loving other people) are placed in our hearts by our Creator in order to bring Him glory; as a picture of His unstoppable passion for us. The Climbers DTS is all about taking our passion for climbing and dedicating it back to God who makes it all possible in the first place. We do this by setting aside six months of our lives to be discipled, poured into and set free by God from the things that slow us down so that we can then make Him known in power and without fear.
The Climbers DTS is not just about having some fun climbing on the weekends with friends while doing a short term mission trip. It’s about carrying through the idea of intentional community and sacrificial service into the rest of our lives. It’s a time for consecrating ourselves to what God has for us, and then seeing the fruit of that. Our attitude needs to be one of willingness to either forgo our climbing goals or overcome our “fear of heights” to reach out to climbers where they are!
As a school we believe we are called to reach out to climbers, and so we go where they are, love them, serve them and let them know why we’re doing it. Climbers come in all shapes, sizes and personalities, but we’re all part of the same tribe, and once you speak the language, you’re part of the tribe. We believe that common ground is something we can build on which can result in transformational relationships and transformed lives. Possible outreach locations include anywhere people go to climb the time of year the outreach is running! New Zealand, Australia, Thailand and India are all options, though we are not limited to just those.
We will not do any sort of technical mountaineering during the school. All outdoor activities are done at the students’ own risk, and the school does not seek to instruct people on how to climb. Our goal is to bring climbers together who will then jointly agree on safety aspects before going out climbing as a group. Rest assured, there will be plenty of chances to get out and climb, as Castle Hill is very close and offers a lifetime worth of spectacular limestone bouldering.