Props:                       A stepladder.


Marty Mountaineer:   (Enters carrying the stepladder.  Walks up to Larry Low.  Puts the ladder down, then climbs up the ladder.  He stays up on the ladder until the end of the skit.)

Larry Low:                (He watches Marty Mountaineer climb the ladder.) what are you doing?

Marty Mountaineer:   I'm climbing. I want to get to the very top of a mountain.

Larry Low:                And the ladder is for ...

Marty Mountaineer:   To get to the top!

Larry Low:                Oh.  And where is your mountain?

Marty Mountaineer:   I haven't picked a mountain yet.

Larry Low:                How big do you think mountains are?

Marty Mountaineer:   Oh, about (stretches his arms high above his head) this big.

Larry Low:                Marty Mountaineer, mountains are the highest places on earth.

Marty Mountaineer:   The highest?

Larry Low:                Yes.

Marty Mountaineer:   How high are mountains?

Larry Low:                Well, to be called a mountain, they must be at least 1,000 feet (305 meters) higher then the land around them.

Marty Mountaineer:   So if I was 1,000 feet (305 meters) above you down there, I'd be on a mountain?

Larry Low:                Yes.

Marty Mountaineer:   Cool.  What else can you tell me?

Larry Low:                The world's highest mountain is Mount Everest, in the Himalaya mountain range.

Marty Mountaineer:   How tall is it?

Larry Low:                It is about 29,028 feet (8,848 meters) high.  The tallest mountain in the Andes is in Argentina.  It is 22,836 feet (6969 meters) tall.

Marty Mountaineer:   WOW!  That would take a long time to hike to the top!  What else can you tell me about mountains?

Larry Low:                A group of mountains side-by-side is called a mountain range.

Marty Mountaineer:   So if I was a mountain and you were a mountain, together we'd be a range?

Larry Low:                That's what weld be called.

Marty Mountaineer:   What are some of the mountain ranges?

Larry Low:                The Andes, the Rocky Mountains, the Great Dividing Range, and the Himalayas are just a few of the bigger ones.

Marty Mountaineer:   By "bigger" you mean what?

Larry Low:                Well, the Himalaya Mountain range is 2,400 miles (3,800 km) in wide.  The Andes Mountain range is 4,500 miles (7,200 km) wide.

Marty Mountaineer:   Wow!  I never knew mountains were so big! (Looking down ftom his ladder.) I guess my ladder won't get me to the top.

Larry Low:                No, it won't get you there.  No matter how many times you climbed the steps, you would still be only          (fill in the height of the ladder) high.

Marty Mountaineer:   It seemed like a good idea.

Larry Low:                This reminds me of what some people try to do.

Marty Mountaineer:   What is that?

Larry Low:                They try to "climb,, their way to Heaven.  They think that if they do enough good things they can get all the way to Heaven.

Marty Mountaineer:   But no matter how many good thing you do-you would only reach the top of the ladder-not Heaven!

Larry Low:                Right.  Doing good things does not get you into Heaven.

Marty Mountaineer:   The only way to reach Heaven is by trusting Jesus Christ.

Larry Low:                That's right.

Marty Mountaineer:   I'll go put my ladder with the lamp, books, and maps.  Maybe the next time I see you, I'll be ready to hike the heights!

Larry Low:                See you at the Peaks' Performance!  Kids, don't forget to tell your parents about the Peak's Performance (the Closing Program).  I'd like to meet your friends and parents!  See you all then.