It’s not often that we get the opportunity to share a story like the one told by Wilderness Chaplains. Everybody needs help sometime and while most of us count on first responders to be there for us we often forget, or never even consider, who is there for them. Well, we at care deeply for our nations first responders and so it stands to reason that we would support an organization that does the same. It also helps that our own Lead Women’s Products Editor Katjarina (Katja) Hurt is the founder of this great organization. We support the Christian values and overall mission that Wilderness Chaplians strives to accomplish.     

About Wilderness Chaplain’s

Wilderness Chaplains began with the loss of our beloved friend, Stephen Kornbluth. Stephen died in a climbing accident on Dewey Peak in Mount Rainier National Park on August 14, 2018.
Stephen’s climbing partner and “mountain wife,” Katja, was one of the first to receive the news. In the midst of grief, Katja drew on a decade of experience as a chaplain, ski patroller, and mountaineer. She responded as a chaplain and cared for her beloved climbing community.
As the dust settled, people asked “how did you do it all?” Friends began asking for tips and resources to use in a tragedy. Soon members of local wilderness rescue groups began requesting Katja’s “mountain chaplain” services. It became obvious that wilderness crisis response resources were few and far between. 
Inspired by Stephen’s memory, Katja resigned from her position in state government. With a handful of notes and unstoppable enthusiasm, she went to work. In the wake tragedy, Wilderness Chaplains emerged.

Mission & Vision

Wilderness Chaplains was established by and for first responders. Our focus is compassionate critical incident response in wilderness and remote environments. Our services are available to everyone, regardless of religion, faith, or spiritual preferences.

Wilderness Chaplains has set a goal to help all first responders provide compassionate ministry in remote environments. Our aim is to ensure that the outdoor community has access to CISM training and chaplains are readily available to wilderness rescue organizations. We envision meeting these goals by operating a Wilderness Chaplains Academy, educating the public in compassionate crisis response, and supporting our wilderness first responders in all areas.

Fiscal Sponsorship & 501(c)(3)

Wilderness Chaplains operates under a Model C fiscal sponsorship with Angels for Angels, an established 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which ensures all donations are used in accordance with Wilderness Chaplains’ mission. 

All donations are tax deductible. Angels for Angels EIN is 27-5180670.

How to Donate

Online via PayPal: 

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By Mail:

   Make checks payable to “Wilderness Chaplains/Angels for Angels” 

   Mail to: Angels For Angels, 12704 8th Ave SW, Seattle, WA, 98146



About the Upcoming Wilderness Chaplain Event
Please check out the website for a lot more information: 

Thank you for your support,


Launch on 4/1:

Fundraiser on 4/13: