May 2019 Trip

The May club trip will take place on May 18 and 19 at Moore’s Wall in North Carolina.

Located in Hanging Rock State Park just north of Winston-Salem, Moore’s Wall has an abundance of steep, juggy climbs on quartzite rock. The overwhelming majority of the climbs are traditionally protected, and most are multi-pitch. The area tends to stay shady and cool, making it an ideal destination in warmer months.

The park is a little over 5 hours drive from Atlanta. Camping is available in the park itself, and additional commercial camping is nearby. Hotels and B&Bs can be found within a 30 minute drive from the trailhead, mainly along US-52. Everyone can make their own arrangements as far as travel, food and lodging goes.

Because this climbing area isn’t appropriate for large groups of beginners, we are asking that anyone planning on going on the trip please sign up using our online form. This will give us an idea how many people are going, and ensure we have a healthy ratio of experienced to inexperienced climbers attending. In the event an overwhelming number of inexperienced people wish to attend, we may have to arrange an alternate trip to nearby Pilot Mountain — which provides a more welcoming (but unfortunately more crowded) environment.

Please try to sign up by the end of this week if you are going. We plan to start a group email between attending members in case folks want to arrange camping, travel, etc. Some parties may wish to go a few days early or stay later as well.

Hope to see you there!

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May 2019 Meeting

Join us this Thursday, May 2 for our monthly meeting. This month climbing trivia is back! We’ll be splitting into teams and battling for the title of Most Knowledgeable Climber Ever. Prepare yourselves.

In addition to trivia, we’ll also be discussing our upcoming weekend trip to Moore’s Wall in North Carolina. Weather permitting, it’s the weekend of May 18-19. So save the date!

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April 2019 Trip

This Saturday, weather permitting, the Atlanta Climbing Club is planning on heading to Crowder’s Mountain located in Western North Carolina. In fact, it’s not too far from South Carolina. The rock is of a quartzite similar to the rock found around the state.

The rock quality is pretty good and offers something for everyone. There are numerous top-roping opportunities as well as sport and trad with ratings ranging from 5.5 to 5.13. Cliffs generally face east or west, so finding sun or shade is pretty easy (depending on the time of day), though the thick foliage can make finding sun more difficult. Best time to climb is Fall to Spring

Keep in mind, this is a state park. Permits are required for climbing and rangers regularly visit the crags and check up on climbers. Permits are free and easy to fill out, so please do this to avoid hassles. Also, there is a gate that opens and closes daily. Please be aware of the time and make sure you leave before closing time.

Meeting Time

The plan is to meet at the Indian Trail Park & Ride at 5:00am Saturday. It’s about a 3 hour drive to get there.

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.

Getting There

Crowders Mountain is about 30 miles west of Charlotte.

From I-85, once you enter North Carolina take Exit 13 and go Right off the ramp. Continue through the light and the road will become Archie Whitesides Rd. (SR 1122). Follow this for roughly 2 miles until it dead-ends into Linwood Rd. Go Left on Linwood Rd. for about 0.1 mile and make a Right into the parking lot. Here you’ll find an information kiosk and restrooms.

From the parking lot, follow the Backside Trail about a mile up a steep gravel trail. Please stay on the trail as land managers have put up a fence and signs to encourage people to do just that. The trail follows a wooden staircase that ends at an overlook and the top of the Practice Wall. This is also (usually) the end for most hikers, so people will congregate here and remark on the view of distant Charlotte (and engage climbers in a discussion of the dangers of climbing and the mental stability of those that climb).

The hike is about 20 minutes and solid uphill. There is a summit ridge that travels northeast from the Practice Wall which leads to the rest of the other areas (sans Hidden Wall).

Lodging

If anyone wants to head up early or stay overnight, there are a few hotels nearby in Kings Mountain, NC, and of course Charlotte is only 30 minutes away if you want something more. Camping is also available just across the border in Kings Mountain State Park in South Carolina.

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April 2019 Meeting

Join us this Thursday, April 4, 7:00pm at the Concourse Athletic Club for our monthly meeting. This month our speaker will be EMT and climber Bryan Swan. He’ll be discussing safety and first aid in the climbing setting: a topic that is both very important and often overlooked.

We’ll also be discussing our upcoming trip to Crowders Mountain in North Carolina.

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March 2019 Trip – take 2

Looks like the weather has decided to cooperate. This Saturday, March 16, we’re heading to Denny Cove, a  mainly sport climbing destination (although there are a few trad routes) in a new area of South Cumberland State Park.

Please note that the vast majority of the routes are rated at 5.9 and above.  

Denny Cove offers climbers a beautiful southern-facing sandstone cliff line around a mile in length. There are easily over 100 routes currently, with the potential for more in the future.

Please follow all Tennessee State Park rules and regulations during your visit.
http://tnstateparks.com/about/policies

The gate closes 30 minutes after sunset CENTRAL time. Please plan accordingly.

Meeting Time

The plan is to meet at the Marietta Park & Ride at 6:30am Eastern Time and arrive at Denny Cove at 8:00am Central Time.

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 or buy dinner for 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.

Getting There

The entrance to Denny Cove is located about 1.5 miles south of the entrance to Foster Falls on HWY41/150. There is a Foster Falls Volunteer Fire Department building across the street from the entrance..

Once you enter Denny Cove, you will drive on a gravel road for several hundred yards until you come to a “T” intersection.  At this point, take a left on to another gravel road for another several hundred yards until you come to an obvious large gravel parking lot on  your right.  Park here and find the trailhead at the back of end of this lot that crosses the road and heads down into Denny Cove, which will be on your left when approaching from this direction.

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March Trip Postponed

Unfortunately it looks like this weekend is a washout as far as climbing is concerned. We are postponing our trip to Denny Cove. The trip is tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, March 16. Hopefully the rain will give us a break then!

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March 2019 Trip

This Saturday, March 9, weather-permitting the Atlanta Climbing Club is heading to Denny Cove, a  mainly sport climbing destination (although there are a few trad routes) in a new area of South Cumberland State Park.

Please note that the vast majority of the routes are rated at 5.9 and above.  

Denny Cove offers climbers a beautiful southern-facing sandstone cliff line around a mile in length. There are easily over 100 routes currently, with the potential for more in the future.

Please follow all Tennessee State Park rules and regulations during your visit.
http://tnstateparks.com/about/policies

The gate closes 30 minutes after sunset CENTRAL time. Please plan accordingly.

Meeting Time

The plan is to meet at the Marietta Park & Ride at 6:30am Eastern Time and arrive at Denny Cove at 7:30am Central Time.

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 or buy dinner for 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.

Getting There

The entrance to Denny Cove is located about 1.5 miles south of the entrance to Foster Falls on HWY41/150. There is a Foster Falls Volunteer Fire Department building across the street from the entrance..

Once you enter Denny Cove, you will drive on a gravel road for several hundred yards until you come to a “T” intersection.  At this point, take a left on to another gravel road for another several hundred yards until you come to an obvious large gravel parking lot on  your right.  Park here and find the trailhead at the back of end of this lot that crosses the road and heads down into Denny Cove, which will be on your left when approaching from this direction.

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March 2019 Meeting

Join us next Thursday, March 7, 7:00pm at the Concourse Athletic Club for the March meeting of the Atlanta Climbing Club. We’ll be discussing our upcoming trip to Denny Cove in Tennessee. For entertainment, we’ll be watching the films of Reel Rock 13.

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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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