New Location for ACC Holiday Party, Don’t forget to RSVP, & Turn in any ACC Board Nominations

This is a notice the ACC Holiday party has moved and a reminder the party is next Fri 12/4.  RSVP if you plan to attend so we can plan the food, please include any guests or diet needs.  More detail below.

  1. Send in your ACC Board nominations: Get your nominations in! We are building a good candidate list but want to be sure all willing volunteers have a chance to be on next year’s board.  Nominations will close with the Holiday Party.  Please email atlantaclimbingclub@gmail.com with your nominations, or text/call a board member. 
  2. 2020 ACC Holiday Party:
    1. When: Fri Dec 4th at 7 pm – ? (Remembering the Dec Club Trip to Big Rock SC is Sat Dec 5th).  The party replaces the Dec club meeting which would have been Thurs Dec 3rd.
    2. New Location:  We are back at the Allison’s house: 4861 Hunters Oaks Lane, Alpharetta GA 30009. 
    3. What:
      • Spouses and other partners are welcome and encouraged to come and meet your climbing pals.
      • It’s BYOB; however, the club will provide dinner.  Sides/snacks are encouraged. 
      • Please RSVP to atlantaclimbingclub@gmail.com with your head count.
      • There will be a gift exchange game.  Gifts should be climbing related with a $25 limit
      • The house won’t be decked out this early but we still have the pool table, fire pit, lighted area for corn hole, and hot tub. 
      • Plenty of beds and other place to crash if that’s the best way for you to be on time for the club trip on Sat.
  3. 12/6 Self rescue class:  This class is full.

Climb On!

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ACC Board Nominations, Holiday Party & Nov Trip Report

Send in your Board nominations, RSVP for Holiday Party Fri Dec 4th, & a great trip to Palisades Park

Hi All,

This post combines 3 messages into a single post, so if you want to be informed, be sure to read all three topics.  There are a couple of items to reply to in this post. Don’t be shy. Like with voting; reply early and often.

  1. Send in your Board nominations: We need nominations for next year’s ACC board.  Please send your nominations to: atlantaclimbingclub@gmail.com, or text/call a board member.  If you are nominated, remember we can’t have a club without some folks being willing to run it.  None of the roles consume more than a few hours a month, you don’t need to be an experienced climber to serve, and the club benefits from new ideas and perspectives.
  2. 2020 ACC Holiday Party:
    1. When: Fri Dec 4th at 7 pm – ? (Remembering the Dec Club Trip to Big Rock SC is Sat Dec 5th).  The party replaces the Dec club meeting which would have been Thurs Dec 3rd.
    2. Where: The City View Vinings apartment complex clubhouse; 3340 Cumberland Boulevard Atlanta, GA 30339.  This is same location as the Nov meeting.  The clubhouse is on the first floor facing the intersection.  The door will be open and the club sign in the window.  The easy parking is across the street at the bank.
    3. What:
      • Spouses and other partners are welcome and encouraged to come and meet your climbing pals.
      • It’s BYOB; however, the club will provide dinner.  Sides/snacks are encouraged.
      • RSVP to atlantaclimbingclub@gmail.com with your head count.
      • There will be a gift exchange game.  Gifts should be climbing related with a $25 limit.
  3. Trip Report for Nov 7th trip to Palisades Park:

The trip to Palisades Park went well despite some iffy weather.  The day was overcast with occasional light drizzle, not quite the perfect weather that was forecast.  This did not limit the 14 members that came out, only 3 of which were “club old timers”.  Chuck and Tim were on hand to offer up advice and encouragement to the folks getting used to being on the sharp end of a trad route.  Many had not been to this crag before and found it fun and challenging, especially as most routes seemed to have roofs of some size on them.  The early sunset caught some of us out, with one party electing to climb out via Bubba rather than do the hike in darkness. Turns out climbing by head lamp entails it’s own challenges. 

We revived the tradition of awarding the “Sending Chain” to the climber that most distinguished themselves, good or bad. The chain was bestowed upon Sam for flashing Elephant Crack, Cashmere and 9 to 5.  Congrats Sam!

After some social time we split up with half the group headed back to Atl and the others to Sandrock for the self-rescue class the following day.  The next trip will be at Big Rock in SC on December 5th; we hope to see you then.

Routes climbed:

  • Mickey’s Mantle 5.9 plus
  • Boobs 5.9
  • R and D 5.8 plus
  • Elephant Crack 5.7 plus
  • Buckets 5.5
  • Cashmere 5.8
  • Trivial Pursuit 5.9
  • Bubba 5.5
  • 9 to 5 5.8
  • Captain Crunch 5.9

Climb On!

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ACC Thurs Nov 5th Meeting and Sat Nov 7th trip

Club Meeting:

The presentation this Thursday the 5th at 7:00pm is on the 1984 Tsobuje (21,980 ft) Nepal Expedition. 

The meeting will be at the City View Vinings apartment complex clubhouse;  3340 Cumberland Boulevard Atlanta, GA 30339.  The clubhouse is on the first floor facing the intersection.  The door will be open and the club sign in the window.  The easy parking is across the street at the bank.

Rick Susgin, a long-time climber who originally hails from Canada will present his 1984 expedition which successfully summated Tsobuje (21,980 ft) in Nepal.  As if scaling as 22,000 foot mountain wasn’t enough, the expedition had an exciting conclusion as Indira Gandhi’s assignation disrupted their return trip.  Rick will be reprising his 2012 presentation to the ACC which predates most current members.

Club Trip:

The Nov 7th club trip will be going to Palisades Park in AL. The area has one of the easiest approaches in the South, allowing for very simple top rope setting. There are no sport routes, but a good mix of grades to try out your trad skills on. All climbers must register at the park office and buy a $5 permit. Projected weather looks perfect. We hope to see you then.

When: Saturday 11/7/20

Location: Palisades Park 1225 Palisades Pkwy Oneonta, AL 35121

Time: 7:30 @ carpool, 10 EST @park. NOTE: park opens @ 10 EST.

Carpool: Thornton Rd park-ride. 1100 N. Blairs Bridge Rd Lithia Springs, GA

Park website: http://www.blountcountypark.com/activities/rock-climbing/

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NOVEMBER 8TH SELF RESCUE CLASS

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Looking Glass Trip Report

The October trip to Looking Glass turned out quite well. We had 15 members make the trek to NC, including a few new people continuing a trend for this year.  Despite being hard to find in the dark, the campground was very nice with an actual creek on site just as the name implied.

Saturday we headed off in 3 groups to The Nose, Southside and a new area off FS475 respectively, doing the same on Sunday. While the nights were chilly both days were sunny and warm. A couple of folks had their first multi-pitch experience while climbing slab, face and crack features. We hit most of the classics including The Nose (4 pitches), Sun Dial Crack (4 pitches) and Second Coming (2 pitches) to name just a few.

It was a great weekend with lots of climbing and some campfire time to hang out and socialize. Brevard is a beautiful area and we really enjoyed our time there.

Next month’s trip will be to Palisades  in AL on 11/7/20. We hope to see you there!

We will be taking nominations for the 2021 board at the next meeting. Please consider volunteering. We have many new members and think the club would benefit from some fresh perspectives.

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ACC Oct 1st Club Meeting – Picnic at Chastain Park 7-8:30 pm

This month’s meeting is Thursday Oct 1st from 7-8:30 pm at Chastain Park (map and address below).  The same location as the Sept meeting and July 4th BBQ.  This is a picnic meeting and planning session for this weekend’s trip to Looking Glass.  We know folks going on the trip have packing to do, so we will limit the social time and get the planning done early.   This meeting is a picnic, BYOF&B.  Food to share is welcome.  As a reminder, no glass is allowed in the park, so all beverages need to be brought in cans. The club will be providing water, but please bring a reusable water bottle so we can cut down on waste.

After this planning session there will be an email with more detail on the Looking Glass trip.  


Chastain Memorial Park: Alex Cooley Pkwy Atlanta, GA  30327

As a recap: Looking Glass in Brevard, NC. It is @ 3.5 hr from Atl.  Looking Glass is a trad climber’s paradise.  Well known for its big granite walls, it has both single and multi-pitch climbs with some very unique features.

We will be fancy camping at Cherryfield Creek Campground  (address: 195 Still Waters Ln, Brevard, NC 28712 map to campground) approximately 40 min away in Brevard.  They have tent platforms, hot showers and such for $25 pp/night.  Alternatively there is free primitive camping near the trailheads.

There will not be a formal carpool, but if desired you can use atlanta-climbing-club@googlegroups.com email to make your arrangements. Note: This address has been corrected since the last email.

If you plan to attend please respond to this email by 9/29 with the following info.

  • If camping @ Cherryfield
  • What grade of climb are you comfortable with
  • Whether you can lead or clean a multi-pitch trad climb

This will help us set a plan where/when to meet on Saturday. Final details will be emailed after the meeting on Thurs.

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ACC Oct Trip – Looking Glass – Oct 2nd-4th

Our next club trip will be held October 2nd-4th at Looking Glass in Brevard, NC. It is @ 3.5 hr from Atl.  Looking Glass is a trad climber’s paradise.  Well known for its big granite walls, it has both single and multi-pitch climbs with some very unique features.
 
We will be climbing mostly on the Sun Wall and Southside areas. While our more experienced members always graciously help with setting and cleaning routes, they are not expected to be “guides”.  The overall skill level of the group will determine what will be climbed.  Regardless of your skill level, there will be plenty of good climbing to do.

We will be fancy camping at Cherryfield Creek Campground http://www.glampingwnc.com/ approximately 40 min away in Brevard.  They have tent platforms, hot showers and such for $25 pp/night.  Alternatively there is free primitive camping near the trailheads.

There will not be a formal carpool, but if desired you can use atlantaclimbingclub@googlegroups.com email to make your arrangements .Forecast is expected to be dry but cold mid 60- 40.

If you plan to attend please respond to this email by 9/29 with the following info.

  • If camping @ Cherryfield
  • What grade of climb are you comfortable with
  • Whether you can lead or clean a climb

This will help us set a plan where/when to meet on Saturday. Final details will be emailed next week.

 We hope to see you there!

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Sept 12th Trip Report – Lost Wall

On Saturday Sept. 12th the club kicked off the fall climbing season with a trip to Lost Wall. We had 6 climbers head up at 6:00 am and another 8 left at 7:15 am.  We had a good mix of the regulars and newer members.  We luckily avoided rain except for a few drops on the crag shed by an afternoon storm that came within earshot before moving on.  As might be expected it wasn’t the heat but the humidity that made for sweaty climbing.

While there were a couple of other climbers there we had our choice of routes all day.  The early crew already had several climbs done when the later crew arrived, so the later crew followed them down the wall finishing up on Linda’s Corner.  The routes we climbed are listed below.  The most notable leads were Christian and Sam trad leading Yellowjacket (5.7) and Sam also leading Guzzler (5.8).

We wrapped things up in the late afternoon and enjoyed some socializing in the parking lot before many of us headed back to Marietta for dinner at the The Wing Cafe & Tap House. 

We climbed a range of routes, most lead with two top roped for speed of hanging ropes.

  • Booze & Broads 5.9 T
  • Linda’s Corner5.7 T
  • Black Pig 5.8 T
  • Yellow Jacket 5.7 T
  • Guzzler 5.8 T
  • Maybe Not 5.8 T
  • Somalian Hunger 5.10a T
  • Kids Korner 5.6 T [TR’d]
  • Steggo 5.6 T [TR’d]
  • Mega Death5.10a T
  • Hidden Precious 5.9 pg13 T

See you in Oct at Looking Glass!

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ACC Trail Day – Jamestown AL – Sat Sept 26th

The Atlanta Climbing Club will be sponsoring a trail day at Jamestown in Alabama Saturday September 26 starting at 8:00 am ET (even though Jamestown is in CT).

Be sure to bring clothing and equipment appropriate for trail work: long pants, closed-toe shoes, and gloves are all essential. If you feel like bringing some basic hand tools; loppers, hand saws, machetes, mattocks and shovels can all come in handy. If you have a chainsaw and you’re willing to bring the equipment to run it safely for the morning, a couple of those might not go unused. Also remember to bring water and snacks. Stay hydrated!

By starting early we hope to have all the heavy labor knocked out before it gets too warm. Then our trail day coordinator and grill master Gary will cook up a complimentary lunch for all in attendance. We’ll be raffling off some fun goodies.

After lunch we’ll all head back up the hill to climb and shake the cobwebs off of some of those Jamestown classics. So don’t forget to bring your climbing gear! If you’re new to trad, or just new to the area, this is an excellent opportunity to learn what Jamestown has to offer.

Getting There

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.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/34%C2%B023’53.8%22N+85%C2%B034’37.9%22W/@34.3982366,-85.5771711,91m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d34.398288!4d-85.577193

Any questions contact Gary Latimer 678 472-9069

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Feb 2021 Ice Climbing Trip

The Atlanta Climbing Club welcomes you to join us on an ice climbing adventure.  If you’re an experienced ice climber looking to lock in a great trip this winter or someone who always wanted to try ice climbing but never had the opportunity this is your trip. This trip is guided by Scott Perkins, a long-time supporter of the ACC.

Schedule:

  • Feb 17th, Wednesday: – fly in to Boston and drive to North Conway and pick up rental gear. That night we will be fitting the crampons to your boots and packing for the next day.
  • Feb 18th, Thursday – AM beginner instruction, safety, and rope systems. PM top rope climbing and practical application
  • Feb 19th, Friday – Building skills and ice screw intro and anchors
  • Feb 20th, Saturday – advanced climbing for those that want more.  If you have had your fill there is ski resort rear by or the town with ample things to do.
  • Feb 21st, Sunday – big breakfast and head home.

Areas: Crawford notch, Frankenstein cliff, Mount Washington, Cathedral ledge. To get more info check the NH ice and mixed section of mountain project or get an ice climbers guide to northern New England by Rick Wilcox

Gear notes: You will need a helmet and a harness that will fit over your cold weather clothing. It is important to know that it will likely be extremely cold and appropriate clothing is extremely important.  At a minimum you will need:

  • 2 pair of heavy weight wool base layer,
  • 1 set mid weight wool or fleece layer,
  • 2 pair expedition weight socks,
  • 2 pair athletic socks,
  • 2 pair light weight gloves,
  • 1 pair heavy weight waterproof wind proof gloves,
  • a windproof water proof shell layer,
  • a heavy weight parka,
  • insulated pants,
  • A soft-shell layer is also good to provide layering flexibility.

Your hands will thank you if you bring hand warmers.

Gear rental:

International mountain equipment (ime-usa.com) if you need to rent technical crampons, ice axes and boots for 3 days it will cost about $255. Make reservations a head of time.


Suggested Flights:

  • Feb 17th: Delta ATL-BOS   12:58PM-3:27PM nonstop        Basic economy $201
  • Feb 21st: BOS-ATL   4:05 PM-7:08 PM nonstop

Cost:

Total cost is $850 for club members and $950 for Non-members. Non-members must attend one club trip and one meeting prior to the trip.  $250 will be due at time of registration. $500 due by January 1st and the balance will be due by January 15th. Registration will close January 15th.

Refund policy:

  • If you cancel before December 1st your payments will be refunded except $100
  • If you cancel after January 1st your payment will be refunded except for $450.
  • If you can’t make it you can transfer your slot to another member

If Interested
Call Mike Cotti at 404-907-7953.

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