We are Capstone Climbing & Adventure

What We Do

Capstone Climbing & Adventure works with human service organizations, schools, businesses, families, ministry groups, and other non-profit organizations. We offer ropes course activities, canoeing/kayaking, rock climbing, hiking/backpacking, camping, and many other outdoor adventure opportunities. All of which are within 1-3 hours drive of the Charlotte-metro area. We can also bring our programming to your location.

 

About Us

Capstone Climbing and Adventure is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Concord, North Carolina. We offer adventure programs and trips for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Our mission is to promote healthy human connections through outdoor adventure. We help people change their lives, challenging them to go beyond perceived limits, build stronger communities, and learn through outdoor adventure. When feasible, Capstone utilizes young people who have completed our student training program to assist in facilitating various programs and adventures. Capstone relies on support from volunteers, trainees, community partnerships, grant makers, corporate sponsors, donors, and many others in order to accomplish the mission of our organization.

 

Our Name

cap⋅stone  [kap-stohn]
What is a Capstone?
–noun
1. A finishing stone of a structure.
2. The crowning achievement, point, element, or event.

 

Psalm 118:22 “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone”.

Psalm 118:22 was a prophetic reference to Jesus Christ and how, despite having been rejected by the religious establishment, he became the “capstone”, the crowning achievement of all humanity. In life, each of us is created for greatness, to change the world, to be a capstone. Often times those under-served, at-risk or who have special needs are marginalized, they have been rejected. Mother Teresa said when she looked in the eyes of the poor and dying she felt Jesus was looking back at her. At Capstone Climbing and Adventure it is our mission to facilitate fun, safe, and family friendly adventure experiences that encourage individuals to be all they were made to be.

 

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.”

– Mother Teresa

Lenny Stallings

Executive Director/Co-Founder
Lenny has years of outdoor adventure experience and began guiding trips in 1997. He founded Wide Open Outdoor Ministries (later becoming Capstone) in 2002 while serving as a Youth/College Career Pastor at Crossroads Church. Lenny is an Eagle Scout, Paramedic, Law Enforcement Officer and trained in rope work, rappelling, high angle/confined space rescue. He currently serves on the educational staff with the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s Great Outdoor University and is a member of ACCT, ACA and the BSA.

Caleb Hannon

Adventure Program Director
Caleb joined Capstone in May of 2017. His previous work revolved around marketing and recreational sports in higher education. He has a passion for seeing individuals push past their limits and achieve new goals. He is a quick learner and truly enjoys facilitating our programs.

Kelvin Whiting

Hospitality Director
Kelvin is very patient and has a servant’s heart, which is why he loves working with at risk youth. He loves using the outdoors as a gateway for mentoring and facilitating programming with Capstone. Kelvin has grown up with Lenny as his mentor, since early middle school, being one of the guinea pigs for Lenny’s Wide Open Outdoor Ministry. Since then he started as an intern and is now a full-time worker. Lenny has had a lasting impact on Kelvin’s life as he has continued to purse the outdoors way of life. He still loves going hiking, backpacking, kayaking, climbing and belaying. Although he’s not been very keen on jumping off 40ft rocks…

Bobby Dionne

Co-Founder
Bobby has been an outdoors enthusiast since he was a teenager. As a Boy Scout he developed a passion to be a professional rock climber/mountaineer. He has worked as an adventure guide for nearly 18 years serving as a Senior Guide for the Charlotte Climbing Center, Senior Instructor for UNCC’s “Venture” program, and operating his own private guiding service. He also worked as an EMT and is trained in Wilderness First Aid, as well as Adult/Child CPR. He currently serves on the educational staff with the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s Great Outdoor University and is a member of ACCT, ACA and the BSA.
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