Mount Elbrus – Update

Conversation during trip to the mountain included that 3 days prior, two people struck by lightning, man died.

There is no forgiveness in the mountains. Severe weather roles in at any moment which compromises safety, health, and life. There are not good areas of natural protection on this mountain. For the most part, Mount Elbrus is simply a huge stout mountain with two elevated peaks. Western Peak reaching 18,510 feet (5642 meters) and Eastern Peak 18,442 feet (5621 meters).

May 2017 experienced climbers, woman slipped and slid into rock to her death. The husband carried his wife down in his arms to be buried. Approximately 25 deaths per year occur on Mount Elbrus. This is a place that weather, altitude, and accidents can lead to dangerous situations very quickly.

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32


The people here are tough, mostly Russians on holiday with an occasional adventure seeker from a nearby country and an intermittent visit from someone in pursuit of the elite Seven Summits club.

I found myself impressed with the level of inherent strength, drive, and character of each person whom I have encountered. There are strong traits of generosity and the spirit of a servants heart. I have been blessed to meet these folks on the mountain and have an opportunity to share.

Mount Elbrus was not enough. I strongly felt compelled to summit both peaks. Our team had a 100% success rate for Mount Elbrus. This was composed of three groups, which was lead by our Team Alpha. Upon decent to second summit only two candidates qualified for climb. Kirill from Russia and myself. Kirill initially passed on second ascent due to a friend not qualifying. I was in awe, this is Kirill’s second time to Mount Elbrus. The first trip was not successful. He finished first summit strong and was ready for the second challenge. Kirill simply put someone else before him. This speaks highly of his character. I attempted to share some words of encouragement with him to join second summit, but he opted out. The team descending had 5 others and two guides, they were in good hands. We will just say Kirill had a spontaneous prodding to turn around and join Team Omega – now the three of us headed up for the second summit. 100% success rate on second summit. However, we were only people on mountain to attempt dual summit.


The second summit was much steeper and had mixed surface to climb. Well covered in purpose, this was only a matter of placing one foot in front of the other.

The descent from second summit was steep and sketchy. However we safely made our way down to meet up with part of our initial team . We waited with them for awhile so they could catch a ride down on snowmobile’s.

As team Omega headed down the mountain on foot, we had a great amount of time to talk and reflect. We were headed down from an expedition called the “cross” – up mountain to peak 1 across to peak 2 and back down. We arrived base camp, the “work” has been completed. How appropriate! “And he said to me, “It is done! I am

the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.” Revelation 21:6-7 ESV


During my time in this region, I have be honored to meet and start relationships with people from Russia, Brazil, Austria, Poland, and Norway.

Moscow Moments

Entering Russia was like a child lighting up at Christmas with a new bike. I arrived with great hope and will for hitting the streets for the opportunity to connect with all walks of life.


During Moscow visit, there were very few people out and around. Upon meetings with locals the common theme is “there are no poor areas” and people of all levels income. Apparently, there are not necessarily defined areas where the wealthy live versus the home of the poor. Most are commingled amongst each other. There are a few select known areas such as the Golden Mile and a couple new buildings which are substantially higher in cost. Moscow’s city center is not filled with people asking for help or money like most cities. I only saw 3 people asking during a full day of diving into the culture. I had significant language barriers, however it was very clear these folks only had money on their mind. In fact, they pushed me away when I was attempting communication.


Special Thanks to Alexey Gritsyna in Colorado, USA for arranging a meeting in Moscow through some friends. Several takeaways from this meeting that I will expand when I am back to the States. End result is New Reach Foundation will be partnering up with a couple companies in Moscow to continue to work on bridging the gap between technology and helping people at a global level.

Long story short is He brought me to Moscow, and I took my eyes off Him to build my own Agenda and plan. Just like the new shiny bike at Christmas. The bike is new, fun, and exciting. We need to bask in the why and enjoy knowing exactly where all is coming from.


Objectives were met, however there is so much more available.


He gave me “Relax”,and I stole from this opportunity with my Agenda and my lack of patience.

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant”

1 Corinthians 13:4

A word of encouragement from a local conversation via WhatsApp

“To have a rest – is essential for further activities!”


This leaves me on the point- What is in store? Clearly Mount Elbrus, but so much more is available. There is sowing and watering to be done.


“For there shall be a sowing of peace. The vine shall give its fruit, and the ground shall give its produce, and the heavens shall give their dew. And I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things.”

Zechariah 8:12

I will be flying to mineralnye vody early with a long day of traveling by train, taxi, planes and shuttle to get a location to start Mt. Elbrus Trek. Apparently weather is rolling into northern Caucasus mountains. More to come…

The Journey Begins

Changing the world is a journey and we invite you to follow along.

New Reach Foundation is a Non-Profit Organization focused on changing the world through global impact to build up impoverished local communities through relationship, structure, development, and empowerment for entrepreneurs, leaders, universities, churches, conferences and representatives. New Reach Foundation strategically arranges companies and organizational partnerships to support startup businesses as global incubators and global accelerators. By connecting with each other, we form a global innovation network with the vision and ambition to transform multi-cultural problems into impactful solutions.

Kilimanjaro Summit, March 2nd, 2018

In turn, New Reach Foundation is building a secured network of networks to drive global initiatives. The New Reach Box is a toolkit which provides the structure, platform, network, and partnerships to empower local leaders to validate their ideas, driven by a lean delivery model, inducing cross community impact.

God has specifically placed this vision and scope within our hands to take the step of faith to lead this movement.

Our journey starts with the highest peaks on each of the seven continents, collectively nicknamed “The Seven Summits”. Going to all heights to initiate a movement thatconnects people around the world in a network of networks…for good.

Only ~150 people have completed the Seven Summits, inclusive of Mt. Kosciusko. The summits initiate a journey of collecting puzzle pieces. Climbing the Seven Summits leads to meeting people locally, connecting with others throughout travels, building relationships on the mountains and engaging in local initiatives. We aim to open up channels for high level executives and teams, to support with their skills and assets, to enable global connectivity, starting with local communities. This leads to people around the world discussing the opportunity for positive change. New Reach Foundation uses this network to create succinct strategies to support sustained improvements in local communities.