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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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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