Due to inclement weather, the April 2018 trip has been postponed to Saturday, April 21st.
The Atlanta Climbing Club Trip that has been originally scheduled for Saturday April 28th has been moved up to Saturday April 14th. This will allow reschedule dates if we continue with the weekend pattern of rain.
The club will be going to Palisades Park this Saturday April 14, 2018. If you’re new to climbing Palisades Park is a great choice. We will meet at the Thornton Road Park and Ride at 0700. (The park and ride is located on I-20 and Thornton Road). It takes approximately 2.5 hours to get to Palisades.
Located not far from Birmingham, Palisades is a Blount County Park with a nice little cliff line running just below its parking lot. There’s a good range of climbing difficulty, ranging from easy 5.4 up to roofy 5.12. Almost all routes can be easily top-roped without leading, and most have permanent anchors, so it’s a perfect place for a beginner’s first outdoor climbing experience. And if you’re just getting started on trad, Palisades is an excellent training ground; routes like Buckets (5.5) offer easy leading and plentiful protection. Be aware, though, that the grades tend to be sandbagged; Elephant Crack (5.6) and Box Lunch (5.7) are not for the novice leader. There’s no sport climbing at Palisades; no bolting is allowed.
All climbers must register at the park office and buy a $5 climbing permit (good for three days) or a $35 annual permit. From the parking lot, head for the cliff top near a picnic pavilion and scramble down a fourth-class gully/chimney to the base of the cliff.
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From Birmingham, take SR 75 north to Oneonta. Take a left on US 231 (north); about a mile or two outside of Oneonta, watch for signs pointing to Palisades Park and follow county roads to the park entrance.
From Atlanta, take I-20 west to the US 231 exit. Follow 231 north through Oneonta, then follow directions above to the park.
Come join us at the Concourse Athletic Club Thursday, April 5th for our April meeting. This month we have a Mystery Date, where the presentation will be one of the following:
- Local climber poaches a Grade IV 5.10 A3 route in a neighboring state.
- Alabama climbers establishes a Grade VII 5.11 A4 above the Artic Circle.
- A short film from Reel Rock 11
The meeting starts at 7:00, with the presentation starting around 7:30.
The trip to Rumbling Bald was a great success! Many climbers chose to come up Friday to get a head start on the weekend, with a few coming up Saturday and a couple of day-trippers on Sunday. We even had a couple of local guest climbers to round out the trip.
Gerise didn’t climb, but deserves special mention since she got to Sierra Nevada early on St. Patrick’s Day and got us on the list for a table.
- 5.8 Crack
- It’s Good to be King
- It’s Good to be Queen
- Family Feud
- Family Sport
- Dirty Jugs
- The Crimp and the Crush
- Weight and Balance Check
- Cooter Bug
- Rusty Redneck
- 5.9 Sport
Mark was awarded the Sending Chain on Saturday, for thrashing spectacularly on 5.8 Crack and then proceeding to dominate every difficult climb on top rope.
- I’m Gumbie Damn It
- The Gift
- Gift Certificate
- Drivin’ and Cryin’
- Bear Cub
- Bear Hunt
- Silent Treatment
- Gunboat Diplomacy
- Seven Year Itch
Kenny got the chain on Sunday for being both the first climber on the rock at Flakeview that day and the last. He just outlasted the rest of us.
Due to inclement weather, the March Trip has been postponed to March 17/18.
Come join us for our first overnight trip of the year. Meet at the Rumbling Bald parking lot Saturday at 8:00 for a day of climbing, followed by dinner at the nearby Sierra Nevada Brewery in Mills River. Overnight accommodations are on your own. We’ll climb again on Sunday starting at 8:00 as well.
On Sunday February 18th, after postponing our trip one week due to rain, we finally made it to Foster Falls, a sport climbing destination just west of Chattanooga near the town of Jasper.
A few of us (Chuck, Tim, Denmark, Gene, and Jim) met at the Marietta Park N Ride at 0700 to start our trek and amazingly Jim Allison actually showed up on time – 5 minutes early, and had all of his gear. On the way to the crag, Chuck and Tim stopped and picked up Jen Kemper at the Cracker Barrel at exit 290.
We arrived at Foster Falls about 0900 eastern, where we met Reagan and new members Kenny and Kim in the parking lot.
Once we got down to the cliff line, a lot of the routes were running water due to heavy rain earlier in the week, so the search was on for dry lines.
As a warm-up Tim put up Bear Mountain Picnic. Chuck put up Mammy – really Chuck? You put this up as a warm-up! Denmark put up Story of My Life (P1).
Around 1000 or so the entire Mekolites clan arrived with new dog and hammock in tow. The only item missing was the boom box. Jeff set a few routes and was the proud papa belaying Evan as he crushed them.
During the gorgeous sunny day the following routes were climbed:
- Ankles Away
- Bear Mountain Picnic
- Diamond Cutter
- Fish Eyed Fool
- Gravity Boots
- Hola Bitch
- Standing Room Only
On Standing Room Only, Tim got served again at the crux, but he’s getting close. Chuck really got served and was caught putting his arm through a draw to rest.
About 1400, Ian and Susan showed up and climbed a few routes before trekking back to the parking lot for cold beverages and a group photo.
So as you’ve been reading this I know you are probably wondering – Who won the Sending Chain? There were a lot of worthy efforts, but the winner was the new guy –Kenny (don’t know his last name, but I was told he owns an animal farm). Kenny was one of the most enthusiastic new members we’ve had in a while, wanting to learn everything. So what happens? Chuck says, “I’ve got a plan, come with me, your gonna lead your first climb.” So off goes Chuck and Kenny and we don’t see them until almost sunset at the parking lot. Rumors were going around that Chuck killed Kenny (you bastard!) We need to get Kenny an orange jacket. So, Chuck and Kenny get back at the parking lot with gigantic smiles and legend has it that Kenny on-sighted his first climb – Afterburner 5.5C and then took the big Whip on Gravity Boots 5.7D. Chuck then talked Kenny into one more climb –Therapist and was taught how to clean a route. So there you have it, Kenny was a shoe-in after putting up with Chuck’s Shenanigans.
After Kenny was awarded the Sending Chain we all met at Mojo Burrito for dinner, and then started our trek home, glad that Chuck didn’t kill Kenny.
Oh, by the way, Jim, nice footwork.
Come join us Thursday, March 1st at our new location – The Concourse Athletic Club.
Our presenter is local climber Justin Castleberry, talking about his trip last summer to Chamonix. Justin managed to climb quite a few classics, including the Matterhorn, Grand Capuchin, and Mount Blanc. If you are curious about climbing in the Alps, come join us.
The meeting starts at 7:00 for social time, with the presentation starting around 7:30.
Due to inclement weather, the February trip has been postponed to Sunday, February 18th.
Due to inclement weather, the February trip has been postponed to next Saturday, February 17th.