ACC Sept Club Trip on Saturday 9/12 to Lost Wall

We decided to switch to Lost Wall as it provides more room to spread out and also offers more mid-range climbs than Griffin Falls.  

Lost Wall is in the Crockford-Pigeon WMA near Lafayette, GA approx. 2hours from Atl.  The cliff line is sandstone with a fairly easy approach and a variety of trad routes. We will probably focus on the Lost Wall section, though the Netherworld area can be accessed by following the cliff line south.

There are no restrooms or water available on site. Parking is limited, please carpool if possible.

A GA hunt or fish license is required and can be purchased online.  The fishing license is the cheapest option and also gives access to Rocktown, plus many other WMAs with hiking/mtn biking trails. Recreational Hunting, Fishing, and related licenses: Online at https://georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes

Where do we meet? Saturday 9/12/20  7:15 am at Marietta park and ride. You can also meet the group directly at the event @ 9:15 EST

https://www.google.com/maps/search/33.941016,-84.527773MARIETTA+PARK+AND+RIDE/@33.9483111,-84.708961,10.75z

Head north on I-75 to exit #320 GA 136 (Lafayette/Resaca exit). Head west on 136 to the junction with GA 193; follow 193 into downtown Lafayette. Watch the signs and stay on 193 through a couple of turns, then continue almost three miles to the intersection with Chamberlain Road. Take a left on Chamberlain Road and continue about three miles to the entrance to Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Turn right here on Rocky Lane and keep your speed down to 20 or you will be ticketed. Continue almost two miles through a series of switchbacks; the pullout for the Lost Wall trail is at the fourth switchback.

Crag info:
https://www.mountainproject.com/v/lost-wall/105900335
https://www.seclimbers.org/project/lost-wall/
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/35.0341495,-85.2618167/34.666935,-85.3708676/@34.6668251,-85.3706033,204m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!4m4!1m1!4e1!1m0!3e0

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ACC Sept Meeting (9/10) & Club Trip (9/12)

Hello fellow climbers,

               We hope you have had a good summer and are ready for a great fall of climbing. Due to the Labor Day weekend and other considerations we have both pushed the meeting back a week to 9/10 (the 2nd Thursday) from 7-9 pm, and changed the 9/12 trip destination to Lost Wall rather than Griffin Falls. The basic info for both events is below. More details on both to come later.

ACC Sept 10th Meeting at Chastain Park

The meeting will be at Chastain Park (map and address below) from 7-9 pm.  The same location as the July 4th BBQ.  We will be holding climbing challenge games with prizes.  Come join in on the fun; everyone with an interest in climbing is welcome.  This meeting will be a BYOB and also bring any food you want to eat or share.  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.

Chastain Memorial Park: Alex Cooley Pkwy Atlanta, GA  30327

ACC Sept 12th Club Trip now to Lost Wall

We decided to switch to Lost Wall as it provides more room to spread out and also offers more mid-range climbs than Griffin Falls.   

Lost Wall is in the Crockford-Pigeon WMA near Lafayette, GA approx. 2hours from Atl.  The cliff line is sandstone with a fairly easy approach and a variety of trad routes. We will probably focus on the Lost Wall section, though the Netherworld area can be accessed by following the cliff line south.

               There are no restrooms or water available on site. Parking is limited, please carpool if possible.

               A GA hunt or fish license is required and can be purchased online.

The fishing license is the cheapest option and also gives access to Rocktown, plus many other WMAs with hiking/mtn biking trails.

Recreational Hunting, Fishing, and related licenses: Online at https://georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes

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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:

http://maps.google.com/?q=33.941016,-84.527773+%28Marietta+Park+and+Ride%29

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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