Due to COVID19, the April 2nd ACC Meeting is postponed and the April Climbing Trip is cancelled.
Please read all three items below.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com.
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:
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
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
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.
Tell folks to visit this Atlanta Climbing Club webpage
On Sunday we were finally able to have the February club
trip to Currahee Mountain. 7 folks were at the carpool, with another 5 (plus 2
crag dogs) joining us at the mountain. The
road up to the top was bumpy but not a problem. The regular old-timers were
outnumbered a bit by new members, and after introductions we quickly set to climbing.
Few folks jumped right in on a 10a, while the rest of us eased in with some
5.6s. After about an hour an unexpected light rain shower caught 4 climbers on
the wall; instantly raising the grade by at least 1. Thankfully it passed
quickly and the temperature stayed warm enough. Despite the clouds, the views
were still pretty. Even with a relaxed pace we were able to get in a full day
of climbing in both the Slab Area and Brick Wall sections. Around 4 we started
up towards the cars to hang out and go over our collective exploits. A couple
of local climbers met us in the parking lot and joined the group for dinner in
beautiful downtown Clarkesville. Thanks to all attendees for making this
another fun and safe trip!
Let’s try this again. Due to last weekend’s wacky weather the February trip will be Sunday Feb 16th. Sunday’s weather is partly sunny with a high of 55deg.
Note: meet time is 30 min later in the hope it will be a bit warmer when we get to the crag.
The February club trip will be to Currahee Mtn near Toccoa, GA. The area consists of mostly slabby friction climbs on good granite. Predominately sport routes with a few trad are on offer ranging from 5.6 to 5.13. We will go in from the top if the road is still in good shape.Otherwise use the climber’s lot. This is a good winter area, especially if the sun is shining. Note: There are no bathrooms or water on site.
Date: Sunday Feb 16, 2020
Meeting time: 7:30am @ carpool, 9:00 @ event
Carpool Location: Indian Trail park/ride 1560 Indian trail Lilburn Rd NE, Norcross.Exit 101 off I85
Climber’s lot –From Atlanta, head north on I-85 to I-985 and take 985 until it ends, continuing on as US 365/441. Bear off at the Toccoa-Lavonia exit and watch for a traffic-light controlled intersection with 123. continue on 365 for approximately 6 miles, and turn right onto 184 at the traffic light, below Currahee. in 1/4 mile, turn left to stay on 184, following the road for almost 1 mile. The climber’s parking lot is a small loop on the right.
Note: Due to the chance of inclement weather on Saturday the club trip has been moved to Sunday Feb 9th. Sunday’s weather is sunny with a high of 58 deg. All other details are the same, see below.
The February club trip will be to Currahee Mtn near Toccoa, GA. The area consists of mostly slabby friction climbs on good granite. Predominately sport routes with a few trad are on offer ranging from 5.6 to 5.13.
We will go in from the top if the road is still in good shape. Otherwise use the climber’s lot. This is a good winter area, especially if the sun is shining.
Join us on Thursday, February 6th, 7:00pm at the Courtside Grille for our monthly meeting. Our presenter will be Bob Cormany and some of the other climbers who established climbing at Boatrock. We will also be discussing our participation in the Boatrock Competition Feb 22nd, and our upcoming trip to Currahee Mtn GA on Sat. Feb 8th. Hope to see you there!
Interested in meeting a new climber? Zike Lee is visiting Atlanta from Vancouver March 23-31, 2020. He is looking to climb trad / sport / bounding on all those days. He will only have shoes and harness; no car- but happy to pitch in for gas. He can lead 11s in sport, and 10s in trad. Check the ACC Google group or contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
We kicked off the new climbing year with a trip to Sand Rock in AL. It was a cold morning, but thanks to the area’s ability to dry out quickly we didn’t have to deal with wet rock.
There were 15 participants with about an even number of new and veteran members. Both the temperature and climbers had soon warmed up allowing us to get in a full day of climbing.
To accommodate the wide span of climbing abilities on hand a few different areas of the park were visited including Holiday Block, Pinnacle, Sun Wall and the Kurt Russel Wall. Ranging from 5.6-5.10, there were a wide variety of routes tackled. Knob Wall, Loosey Goosey, Cinco de Mayo, Pigs and Zen and White Gold just to name a few.
At least one beginner trad leader tried her new skills out and some other folks were just getting used to real rock rather than plastic.
Everyone gathered in the parking lot afterwards to share the day’s experiences, with some continuing on to the traditional post trip dinner. Overall a very good way to start a new year of climbing.
Join us at Currrahee Mtn in N.E. GA for next month’s trip.