November Trip Relocated to Tennessee Wall

Due to the heavy rains this week, we are relocating the club trip this Saturday to Tennessee Wall. Located just north of Chattanooga, Tennesse Wall is the premier destination in the southeast for traditional climbing.

The meeting time and place have not changed. Marietta park and ride at 7:00am. But for those meeting us at the crag, we’re going to T-Wall and not Jamestown!

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November 2018 Trip

Come join us on Saturday November 10th for our November 2018 trip to Jamestown, AL.

We will plan on meeting at the Marietta park and ride at 0700 to carpool to the crag.
Jamestown is Alabama’s surprise gift to trad climbing. Located where the tail end of Lookout Mountain pokes down from Tennessee, Jamestown’s sandstone cliffs have a lot in common with some of that state’s great crags. And unlike some more popular destinations, Jamestown retains a pristine wilderness flavor, due in large part to its isolated location.


From Atlanta, head north on I-75 to the Rome exit (Hwy. 411/20, exit 290). Continue through Rome on GA 20 and into Alabama; about five miles past the border, turn right (north) on SR 35. Proceed on 35 past the intersection with Hwy. 68, then watch for the next major crossing, county roads 273 and 15 (you’ll see a gas station/convenience store at this corner which may or may not be in business).

Turn right on CR 15 and continue for about three miles. After passing a cemetery on the left, watch for a gravel turnoff on the left with a small street number sign (3147). Turn left here and follow this dirt/gravel road past an old stone dam on the left and through the woods until you reach a clearing for farm pasture on the left.

Look for a gated turnoff on the right and turn here, following the track through a pasture and back into the woods. Continue until this intersects with a well-defined farm road that follows the power lines. Turn left here and go through another gate, finishing at a dirt parking area at the base of the power lines. IMPORTANT: Do not leave the farm gates open! Hike up the powerline trail and watch for flagging with surveyor’s tape to indicate where the trail cuts left into the woods. Follow the flagged trail up to the cliff and turn left at the SCC kiosk.

NOTE: The old access trail from the top of the cliff is permanently closed. Do not use this trail or you’ll be trespassing.

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November 2018 Meeting

Come join us Thursday, November 1st at the Concourse Athletic Club for our monthly meeting. This month, we are celebrating Fall temperatures with Tall Tales by the Fire Pit. So put on your puffy and bring your best story.

There will be complementary Sierra Nevada beer and wine left over from a previous event.

Social time starts at 7:00, with the meeting starting at 7:30.

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November Trip Rescheduled

The November trip to Jamestown has been rescheduled to Saturday, November 10th.

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October Trip to the Obed

The October ACC Climbing Club trip will take place on October 13 and 14 at the Obed and Clear Creek about 45 minutes NW of Knoxville, TN.

The confluence of Clear Creek and the Obed River are home of a series of beautiful sandstone cliff bands and some of the best sport climbing in the Southeast. Just bring a rack of draws, a stick clip (high first bolts are commonplace in these parts), and guns (double entendre intended). The rock here is Cumberland Plateau sandstone, and the sedimentary layering of the rock tends to form huge horizontal roofs, jugs, and slopers. The rock is generally bullet hard and provides good friction. Climbing happens year-round — chase the shade or sun depending on the season.

The ACC will plan on setting up camp at Del & Marti Scruggs’  Lily Pad Campground.  Del lives in the heart of the Obed and has quite a bit of land that he graciously offers to traveling climbers: As you drive into the Obed, after passing Doc Howard Road on the left, Ridge Road drops steeply down to the Lilly Bridge. Just before this drop there is a mailbox and a gravel drive to the right. Turn here and bear left at the fork. Camping rules and the pay kiosk are on the left (the fee is $5 per person, per night). If you make use of this incredible resource please leave the area nicer than you found it and be considerate:  Make sure to bring food/beer/stories to share around the fire on this weekend.

Note: The Lily Pad now has a microbrewery on site call the Hopyard in addition to the Sauced Frog which provides food for purchase.

The plan is to meet at 0700 on Saturday morning at the perma-tarp located in the Lily Pad Camp Ground for a day of climbing.  Please plan your car pool and travel plans accordingly.

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October Trail Day at Jamestown

Join Atlanta Climbing Club and SCC for our annual Jamestown Trail day on Saturday, October 6th! We need to do some light tree cutting at the cliff, some trimming back branches and bushes along the access road and along the trail into the cliff. 

Meet at Jamestown parking area at 8am central (9am eastern). Lunch will be provided. And if that’s not enough- FREE COLD BEER at the end of the day! 

See the FB event for more details –

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September 2018 Trip

The Atlanta Climbing Club’s September 2018 trip will be Saturday, September 8th, to Yellow Bluff, Alabama.

Located near Huntsville, Yellow Bluff is a long (about 1500′) unbroken hard sandstone cliff. Development began in the 1980s with the discovery of the cliff by Atlanta climber Shannon Stegg. Numerous trad lines were established by Stegg and other pioneers, including James Dobbs and Curt and Betty Jo Merchant. Later, local leaders like Jesse Guthrie began putting up sport routes, including Guthrie’s Rainbow Warrior (5.13a/b), the first 5.13 in Alabama. The quality of climbing at Yellow Bluff attracted attention from as far away as NY; climbers flocked to sample the excellent sandstone crack lines.

We will meet at the Thornton Road Park N Ride off I-20 at 0600am as the drive takes a little less than 3 hours.


From Atlanta, take I-20 west into Alabama for about 90 miles to the Oxford/Anniston area. Take exit 188 to US 431 North. Continue on 431 into Gadsden; after crossing I-59, look for the turnoff to US 278. Take 278 west to US 231. Turn right on 231, then almost immediately left on SR 67 and follow this about 20 miles. Just before the Florette crossroads, turn right on Pines Road; follow this for about a mile to a sharp left onto Fowler Road. Continue as noted above to Yellow Bluff.

From the parking lot area, follow the obvious trail marked with surveyors tape. A five-minute hike will bring you to the base of the cliff near the right end of the SCC-owned section.

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September 2018 Meeting

Come join us Thursday, September 6th at the Concourse Athletic Club for our first meeting after summer break. Our presenter will be Arno Ilgner talking about climbing history in North Carolina. For those of you not familiar with Arno, he was a pioneering rock climber in the southeast. He subsequently developed a mental training program which he now teaches full time. Check out the Warrior’s Way website for more information on his program.

Social time starts at 7:00, with the meeting starting at 7:30.

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June 2018 Meeting

Come join us Thursday, June 7th at the Concourse Athletic Club for our last meeting before the summer break. Our presenter will be local guide Scott Perkins talking about climbing the Direct North Buttress of Bear Mountain.

Social time starts at 7:00, with the meeting starting at 7:30.

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May 2018 Trip Report

The following ACC members met at 0700 at the Marietta Park N Ride for the ride to Castle Rock and a full day of climbing:

  • Tim (Mothy) Lacny
  • Denmark Blount
  • Jim (Twinkle Toes) Allison
  • Alex Palmiter
  • James Martin
  • Lance Mendel

We arrived at the Crag at approximately 0900 and headed straight to the North End since the weather report called for a high in the 80’s.  Arriving at the North End we encountered cool breezes and a lots of shade with no snakes to be seen.

Tim warmed up on Inga La Dinga 5.10b, Denmark warmed up on Easy Enough 5.9, and Alex lead Fragile Holdings at 5.10d with a couple of hangs. Once the ropes were up people either top roped or lead the climbs with most people getting served on Inga La Dinga and Fragile Holdings.

We then head toward Point Buttress (Main Wall) but not before climbing Tall Boy 5.10a which was lead clean by Alex and Inga La Dinga 5.10b/c lead clean by Tim.  Others either top roped or pink pointed the climbs.

As we headed toward the Main Wall we saw a Gigantic Hornets Nest on the left over one of the bolted higher end routes.

Upon arriving at the Main Wall Denmark lead Orange Peel 5.10a, Alex lead Fun Employed 5.10b, and James lead Break Away 5.9+ while others either pink pointed or top roped the routes.

After meeting the old quota (this will be discussed later) of 8 climbs we all headed down to the parking area and drank a few brewskis. Since we got done early we all decided to head to The Wing and Tap House in Marietta for Beer and Food.

Other regulars, Chuck, Kenny, Kim, Gary, and Jake were all AWOL due to previous commitments due to the date change.

So you ask, “Who won the “Sending Chain”?  Well it was Alex.  Alex got on and lead some very difficult climbs for the grade. And, even though he didn’t send all of them clean, he did finished them.  There were some folks whippin’ off stuff – which can get you the chain, but the decision was made to award the chain for true grit and commitment.

Castle Rock Crew

See you next month at Sunset Rock where the new quota rules are in effect (10 pitches).  Who will win the Sending Chain? Are you worthy? What will it take? Come out and enjoy some great climbing, camaraderie, dinner, and brewskis (after climbing of course). To be eligible to win the “Sending Chain” you must be a ACC Member in Good Standing.  What does this mean? Pay your dues.

Until next month, Climb On!!!!!!

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