February 2019 Trip

This Saturday, weather permitting, the Atlanta Climbing Club is planning on heading to Big Rock Mountain near Pickens South Carolina.

Big Rock has a large variety of bouldering and rope climbing. The area is reminiscent of a little Joshua Tree with small formations protruding everywhere. The climbing is SE to SW, making it a great winter destination. In the warmer months, the area is a jungle infested with things that want to bite and sting you. Most of the formations are separated from the cliff line, which allows water to flow around them. This means that the area dries almost immediately after the rain stops.

This is a day use only area. No camping or lingering in the parking lot. The new lot is located in the neighborhood. Be mindful of the surrounding neighbors. Do not park along the road. If the lot is full, go to the intersection of Preston McDaniel and Nine Times Road and use the old trail head. Practice leave no trace ethics as Big Rock can be a busy location.

The rock here is granite of varying degrees of quality. Some of the starts can be a little more flakey. The climbs will likely clean up with time. Most of the climbing here has already been established.

Meeting Time

The plan is to meet at the Indian Trail Park & Ride at 0600.

If you have any time constraints, as far as getting back, please plan on driving or making arrangements to car pool with like-minded individuals.  It is proper etiquette to offer gas money to whoever drives.  If you have never driven, please offer to drive.   If you do not lead and are only top-roping, please offer to carry a leader’s rope.

Dinner

The plan is to eat dinner at the Elkmont Tap and Cellar located in Clemson, SC after a day of climbing.

Getting There

Main Parking
This gravel lot is located at 255 Big Rock Lake Road. The lot was built by Natural Land Trust with the help of the Carolina Climbers Coalition through a REI grant. The trail going up to the X-Wall (right fork) was constructed by a group of volunteers October 2017 at a trail day hosted by the Carolina Climbers Coalition. This lot is in a neighborhood and comes with some special considerations. Please be mindful of the neighbors and do not park overnight, linger in the parking lot, cause excessive noise, speed, or park along the road if the lot is full. If the lot is full, you must use the Alternative Parking area. 0.25 miles.

Alternative Parking
If you discover that the Main Parking lot is full, exit the neighborhood and drive to the intersection of Preston McDaniel Road and Nine Times Road. Here there is a gravel parking lot and a large grassy lot. Walk across the street from the gravel lot to a log railing. Follow the logging road 200′ until it turns left, stay straight instead aiming for a set of tracks made by an earth mover just right of the power lines. Follow the tracks up the hill until you reach the saddle and turn right. Continue for another 100 yards until the trail turns left and goes steeply up the hill. Follow this until you reach the ridge line and turn right on another old logging road. Follow this until you are intersected with another logging road on the right, turn here and immediately turn left on a low angled slab. Follow this for 200′ and you will be at the left shoulder of Big Rock near the Inversion Wall. ~1.25 miles

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Feburary Meeting

Join us next Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Concourse Athletic Club for our February meeting. Our speaker will be long-time Southern climber and notorious first ascensionist, Shannon Stegg. But he won’t be talking about rock climbing. Instead he’ll be talking about that other thing we sometimes climb… ICE! Come by for what is sure to be an interesting and entertaining peek into the world of Southern ice climbing.

Also, we’ll be discussing our upcoming trip to Big Rock Mountain in South Carolina.

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January 2019 Trip to Sand Rock

Join us this Saturday, Jan. 5 for our first trip of the New Year. We will be climbing at Cherokee Rock Village near the town of Sand Rock, AL. Known colloquially by climbers as just “Sand Rock”, the park offers bouldering, sport, trad and top roping at a wide variety of difficulties. There’s a little something for everybody.

The park charges $5 per vehicle for admission, adding further incentive to carpool. We’ll be meeting at the Marietta park and ride lot at 6:30am Eastern time to carpool to the crag. We should arrive at the park around 7:30am Central time for those meeting us there.

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January 2019 Meeting

Join us this Thursday, January 3rd at the Concourse Athletic Club for our monthly meeting. Our speakers will be Tim Lacny and Chuck Parks, discussing their experiences at the 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell climbing competition in Arkansas.

Social time starts at 7:00pm, with the meeting starting at 7:30pm.

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December 2018 Trip Postponed

This month’s climbing trip has been postponed due to the weather.

Come join us on Sunday, December 16 for the ACC Climbing Club Trip to Tennessee Wall (T-Wall). T-Wall is one of the premier trad climbing destinations in the southeast. This trip we will explore the Left/West Side.

When things are too crowded in T-Wall’s eastern section, do yourself a favor and head west. Though it’s actually where all the earliest route development took place, T-Wall West usually has far fewer climbers.

Some of the classics on the West Side are: Where Lizards Go to Die – 5.10a; Open Casket – 5.9; Circus-Circus 5.8 Trad 2 pitches; In Sight of Power 5.8+

As a south-facing crag, T-Wall is in full sun all day. This makes it a terrific winter destination (think t-shirts in January), and a miserable place in the summer. Prime time at T-Wall is September through June.

The plan will be to meet at the Marietta Park N Ride at 0630 and then car pool to T-Wall arriving by 0830.  Please make sure that if you have any time constraints, you make arrangements to drive or carpool with like-minded individuals.  After a day of climbing, the plan will to gather at one of the following fine eateries in the area: Tremont Tavern, Mojo, or  Lupi’s Pizza.

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December 2018 Trip

Come join us on December 8 for the ACC Climbing Club Trip to Tennessee Wall (T-Wall). T-Wall is one of the premier trad climbing destinations in the southeast. This trip we will explore the Left/West Side.

When things are too crowded in T-Wall’s eastern section, do yourself a favor and head west. Though it’s actually where all the earliest route development took place, T-Wall West usually has far fewer climbers.

Some of the classics on the West Side are: Where Lizards Go to Die – 5.10a; Open Casket – 5.9; Circus-Circus 5.8 Trad 2 pitches; In Sight of Power 5.8+

As a south-facing crag, T-Wall is in full sun all day. This makes it a terrific winter destination (think t-shirts in January), and a miserable place in the summer. Prime time at T-Wall is September through June.

The plan will be to meet at the Marietta Park N Ride at 0630 and then car pool to T-Wall arriving by 0830.  Please make sure that if you have any time constraints, you make arrangements to drive or carpool with like-minded individuals.  After a day of climbing, the plan will to gather at one of the following fine eateries in the area: Tremont Tavern, Mojo, or  Lupi’s Pizza.

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November Trip Relocated to Tennessee Wall

Due to the heavy rains this week, we are relocating the club trip this Saturday to Tennessee Wall. Located just north of Chattanooga, Tennesse Wall is the premier destination in the southeast for traditional climbing.

The meeting time and place have not changed. Marietta park and ride at 7:00am. But for those meeting us at the crag, we’re going to T-Wall and not Jamestown!

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November 2018 Trip

Come join us on Saturday November 10th for our November 2018 trip to Jamestown, AL.

We will plan on meeting at the Marietta park and ride at 0700 to carpool to the crag.
Jamestown is Alabama’s surprise gift to trad climbing. Located where the tail end of Lookout Mountain pokes down from Tennessee, Jamestown’s sandstone cliffs have a lot in common with some of that state’s great crags. And unlike some more popular destinations, Jamestown retains a pristine wilderness flavor, due in large part to its isolated location.

Directions:

From Atlanta, head north on I-75 to the Rome exit (Hwy. 411/20, exit 290). Continue through Rome on GA 20 and into Alabama; about five miles past the border, turn right (north) on SR 35. Proceed on 35 past the intersection with Hwy. 68, then watch for the next major crossing, county roads 273 and 15 (you’ll see a gas station/convenience store at this corner which may or may not be in business).

Turn right on CR 15 and continue for about three miles. After passing a cemetery on the left, watch for a gravel turnoff on the left with a small street number sign (3147). Turn left here and follow this dirt/gravel road past an old stone dam on the left and through the woods until you reach a clearing for farm pasture on the left.

Look for a gated turnoff on the right and turn here, following the track through a pasture and back into the woods. Continue until this intersects with a well-defined farm road that follows the power lines. Turn left here and go through another gate, finishing at a dirt parking area at the base of the power lines. IMPORTANT: Do not leave the farm gates open! Hike up the powerline trail and watch for flagging with surveyor’s tape to indicate where the trail cuts left into the woods. Follow the flagged trail up to the cliff and turn left at the SCC kiosk.

NOTE: The old access trail from the top of the cliff is permanently closed. Do not use this trail or you’ll be trespassing.

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November 2018 Meeting

Come join us Thursday, November 1st at the Concourse Athletic Club for our monthly meeting. This month, we are celebrating Fall temperatures with Tall Tales by the Fire Pit. So put on your puffy and bring your best story.

There will be complementary Sierra Nevada beer and wine left over from a previous event.

Social time starts at 7:00, with the meeting starting at 7:30.

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November Trip Rescheduled

The November trip to Jamestown has been rescheduled to Saturday, November 10th.

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