July Club Climbing Trip to Moore’s Wall and/or Pilot Mountain – July 22-26

Come join us for some classic summer climbing. There is a wide range of climbing between Moore’s Wall and Piot Mountain so there should be something for everyone.

Moore’s Wall: Located just a short drive from Winston-Salem, Moore’s Wall is the premier climbing destination of Piedmont North Carolina. With its beautiful quartzite rock and juggy overhanging lines, Moore’s more than holds its own with other great NC areas like Looking Glass and Linville Gorge.
Moore’s offers a variety: adventurous Trad, very hard Sport, and Bouldering for all abilities.  What it does NOT offer is a place for beginners to top rope or attempt their first leads.  The Sport routs are 5.11b and above. Moore’s has 302 routes from 5.4 to 5.13a and bouldering.

Moore’sWall: https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105932741/moores-wall

Pilot Mountain: South-facing quartzite cliffs with plenty of shade. Mostly top-roping with bolts/rocks for anchors at the top (bring webbing/slings), but there is also sport/trad/mix available. Climbs vary from slab to overhanging with several roofs. Rock quality varies. Has 101 routes from 5.5 to 513a.

Pilot Mountain: https://www.mountainproject.com/area/106039493/pilot-mountain

Meet up for car pool at the Indian Trail Park&Ride at 5:30 pm on Wednesday: https://www.google.com/maps/search/Indian+trail+Park+%26+Ride,+/@33.9257068,-84.1729177,15.75z?hl=en&authuser=0

Hotel will be the DoubleTree outside of Winston Salem 5790 University Parkway. $87 a night.  It’s about 20 min from pilot and 30 from Moore’s wall

If you are interested in going, please text Mike Cotti 404-907-7953

Hope to see you there!

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ACC BBQ 7 pm Thurs (7/2) at Chastain Park

We are announcing our first (possibly annual) Fourth of July barbecue… that will be taking place on July 2.  If you’re planning to join us please RSVP by DMing the club on Facebook or Instagram or emailing the club directly.

In light of the Club being shut down for the virus we have decided to have a July meeting and a July club trip. Please come out and join us at Chastain Park at the pavilions (see image below) on July 2 at 7 o’clock for some barbecue. The food will be from Fox Brothers barbecue and will be provided by Cotti Construction. We are asking that everyone bring a dessert and beverage to share.

Chastain Memorial Park: Alex Cooley Pkwy Atlanta, GA  30327

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.

The club will also be raffling off a couple of door prizes at the beginning of the meeting. Also we will be showing a short movie from the real rock series so bring whatever blankets or camp chairs you would like to sit on. we will also be discussing the July Climbing trip and we would love to have your input on where we go.

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June Trip Report Upper Leda – June 13th

On Saturday June 13th the club ventured out to Upper Leda for our first trip since our March trip.  14 members showing up for an early 6:30 am start, a few even earlier, was a clear indication folks were eager to get back outside. The cooler temps and shade made up for any loss of sleep.

Despite a couple of members taking the “scenic” trail in, we all eventually met up. The early crew already had several climbs done, and the rest of us got busy catching up. We relatively short climbs we were able to get a lot of routes done. The area was surprisingly uncrowded, and we had the place to ourselves for most of the day.

We wrapped things up mid-afternoon as the as the sun really began to broil anyone on the rock. Our post climb socializing was a bit shorter than usual, and most folks chose to head back with their respective carpools rather than go for a big group dinner.

This trip was the last club event for long time members Susan and Ian, as they are headed to Hawaii to try out the “beach life”. Always friendly and helpful, their company will be missed very much. We wish them the best of luck on their new adventure.

  • Some of the routes climbed:
    • University 5.6
    • Cumberland Blues 5.9
    • Speedway Boogie 5.7+
    • Anubis 5.7
    • OX Crack 5.8
    • Future lies Here 5.7
    • Fanfare 5.7+
    • Cracked Actor 5.10a
    • Optimus Prime 5.9+
    • Walk By Me 5.7
    • Oh So Sweet 5.10-
    • Free To Think 5.8
    • Good and Plenty 5.8
    • Margin Walker 5.11-
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ACC June Zoom Meeting and Climbing Trip are On!

June Zoom Meeting (Thursday, June 4th from 7-9 pm)

Since there are still restrictions on group meetings in public, we will hold our June meeting via Zoom on Thursday June 4th from 7-9 pm; link is below.  Among other club business topics we will discuss changes to the club schedule due to the lockdown disruption of spring climbing.

Our speaker this month is Emily Ferrall, Wildlife Conservation Technician, Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR). 

Emily will both educate us on Georgia bats and their habitats and explain how we climbers can help the GADNR with some citizen bat science.  Some Georgia bats use rock crevices and cracks, like the type rock climbers often encounter, for roosting.  The GADNR does not have the resources to climb every rock or hillside in search of these bats, so they are hoping we can help them!  Having climbers report GA bat sightings to the GADNR is a citizen science opportunity, like Colorado has done.  

June Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88573960064  (Dial in instructions at bottom)

Reminder: The Wilderness First Aid class is planned for August.  If you have not signed up as interested, email Mike Cotti (michael.r.cotti@gmail.com) to get on the list.

Emily’s contact Info:
Emily Ferrall
Wildlife Technician, Wildlife Conservation Wildlife Resources Division
(706) 557-3212 | M: (470) 606-6666  email: emily.ferrall@dnr.ga.gov
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June Climbing Trip (now June 13th to Upper Leda)

We have decided restrictions have been loosened enough we can hold a club climbing trip.  We encourage members to observe social distancing guidelines, but leave it up to the individual to decide what is right for them while respecting others.  The destination and date have been changed to Upper Leda on June 13th.  Note, the 6:30 a.m. early trip time, allowing more climbing before the afternoon heat.  With shorter climbs and more shade, this should help ease the transition back into climbing.

Leda has a great variety of sport climbs with some trad also available. There are also a wide range of grades to try out. The crag is on private land and you will have to go to the Montlake Golf Course club house to sign a waiver and pay the day-use fee of $8.75 per climber.

Date/Time: June 13, 6:30 am

Where to meet: Marietta Park/ride:


Montlake Golf Clubhouse to register: 5808 Clubhouse Dr Chattanooga, TN 37416

Upper Leda Climber’s parking lot: Head back the way you came, @ 2miles parking will be on right across from Terrace Falls Drive in a hairpin turn.

Crag info: https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105888074/leda

Dial In instructions for ACC June Meeting:

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Meeting ID: 885 7396 0064 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kPk2G68la

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May ACC events are cancelled

In accordance with various government and climbing organization guidelines. The club May meeting and climbing trip are cancelled

We hope that things will be more settled by June, and we will re-evaluate the situation then. We understand how eager everyone is to get back outside, and we hope to be able to do so safely soon.

Here are the recent posting by the AAC and SEC:

American Alpine Club: THE NEXT PITCH: PRACTICAL BETA ON CLIMBING IN THE COVID ERA: https://americanalpineclub.org/news/2020/5/1/climbing-in-the-covid-era

SEC Property Announcement: https://www.seclimbers.org/2020/05/01/scc-property-announcement-5-1-2020/

Be safe & hopefully Climb On soon

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Online Bon Voyage for Denmark Blount – Thurs. 4/23 at 7:30 pm

Hello fellow climbers, we hope this message finds you and your families healthy and safe. On Thursday, April 23rd at 7:30 p.m. we will be hosting a virtual Bon Voyage event for Denmark Blount. Join us on Zoom URL: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76249233113

Denmark leading Rewritten in Eldorado Canyon 2012

This event provides all members, new and old, a chance to say goodbye to our good friend and share our favorite Denmark tales.  So grab your favorite beverage, any Denmark photos/stories that you would like to share, and join us.

We wish Denmark Blount a fond farewell. He has been an integral part of the club for many years and will be greatly missed. We wish he, his wife MaryAnn and their family the very best on their new adventure in NM.  While we are saying so long, we do anticipate many of us will have future opportunities to visit and climb with Denmark once he has settled into NM.

This meeting will be held via Zoom. You do not need to have a Zoom account.

Join us on Zoom URL: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76249233113

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April 2nd ACC Meeting is postponed. April’s Climbing Trip is cancelled

Due to COVID19, the April 2nd ACC Meeting is postponed and the April Climbing Trip is cancelled. 

Please read all three items below.

  1. The April ACC Meeting has been postponed until further notice
    • Our April Meeting was to be a recruitment night at Stone Summit Atlanta on April 2nd.   Most of you have probably seen today’s Stone Summit announcement that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Stone Summit gyms will remain temporarily closed until further notice. 
    • We will continue to watch Stone Summit’s status.  If they re-open in April, we will attempt to re-schedule our April meeting there.
  2. The April Climbing trip is cancelled.
    • It is unlikely the COVID19 situation will improve enough for us to hold our trip in early April, so we are canceling the trip.
  3. We need a replacement Treasurer to replace Denmark. 
    • Denmark plans to move to Las Cruces, New Mexico in late April.  He will be greatly missed.
    • Yes, we would like to hold a farewell event – pending the COVID19 situation.
    • We need a replacement Treasurer to complete the 2020 term.  If you are willing to serve, please email: atlantaclimbingclub@gmail.com.
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March trip to Foster Falls as good as it gets

The club’s March trip to Foster Falls was about as good as it gets. Mother Nature gave us a much appreciated break from the rain. With abundant sunshine and warm temps, many folks were in short sleeves by noon. Those conditions created excellent traction on the rock and we quickly had several ropes set up.

The group was almost evenly split between veteran and new members. At least 1 climber had their first experience on real rock and some others were testing lead skills. With ample encouragement and beta being sprayed about, all were willing to push themselves. As a bonus, the falls were putting on a thunderous display for all to enjoy.

 Afterwards we gathered in the parking lot to share kudos and stories amongst ourselves and with a friendly park ranger who stopped by. Even the stare of the creepy doll mounted atop a nearby truck couldn’t dampen our enthusiasm. As the sun and temperature began to drop, some headed home while the rest of us made our way to Chattanooga for dinner. Thanks to all for a safe and fun event, we look forward to seeing you next month! Some of the routes we did:

  • Saturated 5.8
  • Supersaturated 5.10d
  • Unnamed 5.8 trad
  • Mammy 5.9
  • Unnamed 5.easy trad
  • Atrophy 5.10b/c
  • Narcissism 5.10b
  • Dihedral 5.9
  • Ankles Away 5.9
  • Milk Duds 5.8
  • Something’s Always Wrong 5.10d
  • Standing Room Only 5.11a
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March Climbing Trip to Foster Falls this Sat Mar 7th.

The weather is looking good for our March Climbing Trip to Foster Falls this weekend.  Foster Falls is about 2.15hrs from Atlanta near Jasper, TN.  The area offers up a great selection of routes including many moderate ones. This is a sport climbing haven.   Restrooms are available in the parking lot.

Weather: 55°  Sunny

Time: Saturday March 7th at 7 am to carpool or @ 9:30 ET at Foster Falls.

Carpool: Marietta park/ride 800 S. Marietta Pkwy Marietta, GA . Exit 263 I75

Foster Falls Recreation Area: 498 Foster Falls Rd Sequatchie, TN 37374

Take I75N to Chattanooga, then I24W. head west on I-24 past Nickajack Lake and get off at exit 155 (about 20 miles). Head north following the signs to the town of Jasper. Passing through the town, follow the signs for TN150/US41 north toward Tracy City. as you continue on TN150 The entrance to Foster Falls is on the left

Route Info: https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105883248/foster-falls

If you are planning to join the trip RSVP as “Going” or “Interested” if you are simply interested in the trip

Preferably RSVP on FB. This would be a great help in promoting participation, or RSVP to the club email on this trip. Our FB: https://www.facebook.com/atlantaclimbingclub/

Take cool photos: If you go on the trip, take some nice photos and put them on the club’s facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you!

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ACC Thursday March 5th meeting at Monday Night Brewing

The March meeting is this Thursday, March 5th. We will be doing Trivia night at Monday Night Brewing.(https://mondaynightbrewing.com/visit/west-midtown/)
Join us for an evening of climbing fellowship, fun, and great beer.

The Address is:   670 Trabert Ave NW  Atlanta, GA  30318

The weather is looking good for our March Climbing Trip to Foster Falls this weekend.  Foster Falls is about 2.15hrs from Atlanta near Jasper, TN.  The area offers up a great selection of routes including many moderate ones. This is a sport climbing haven.  Further details to come.  

Help us spread the word about the club: We would like more cool people (like us!!) who want to climb outdoors to join us for the trips and club meetings.

Climb On!

“If every climber helped on one trail day or clean up per year, our work would be done.” Atlanta Climbing Club — doing our part to access the rock.

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