Join us this Thursday, Jan. 2, 7:00pm at the Courtside Grille for our first meeting of the New Year. We’ll kick things off at the meeting by announcing our new board members.
In lieu of a speaker this month, we’re just going to talk. Talk about ideas you have for the club. Ask questions about stuff you’ve been curious about. Talk about cool stuff you did last year, or cool stuff you want to do in 2020.
This will be an excellent opportunity for both new and old members to get acquainted, and to learn how you can participate more in the club and in climbing in general. Hope to see you all there!
This Saturday, Dec. 7 will be our December trip, and it’s time for some T-Wall magic! Running alongside the Tennessee River, the Tennessee Wall is some of the best sandstone cragging anywhere in the Southeast. Abundant trad climbs are available in every grade from 5.7 on up. The T-Wall is an excellent solar collector, making for a pleasant day even in cooler temperatures.
We’ll be meeting at the Marietta park and ride at 6:00am to carpool. Parking at the crag is limited, so carpooling is recommended. We aim to be at the trailhead around 8:00am for those wishing to meet us there.
The location for our November trip has been changed from Little River Canyon to Castle Rock, TN. Castle Rock has a better selection of moderates available and should make the trip accessible to more of our members. Although a few trad lines exist, Castle Rock is predominately sport climbing on beautiful southern sandstone.
The parking area and approach trail to Castle Rock are on private property. A few important rules must be followed.
Dogs are not permitted.
Read the signs in the parking area and be sure to text your vehicle information to Ms. Phillips.
Everyone must be out before dark.
We’ll be leaving the Marietta park and ride at 6:00am this Saturday, Nov. 9 to carpool to the crag. We should get there around 8:00am Eastern time.
Join us on Thursday, November 7, 7:00pm at the Courtside Grille for our monthly meeting. Our presenter for this month will be Gene Whitehead. Gene is legally blind and will be speaking about his climbing history and the role climbing has played in his adjusting to vision loss.
We will also be discussing our upcoming trip to Castle Rock, and board elections for next year. Hope to see you there!
Join us this Saturday, October 5 for our trip to Sand Rock, AL. The Cherokee Rock Village park is home to an abundance of single-pitch sandstone climbs of varying types and difficulties. Sport, trad and bouldering are all there for the taking.
We’ll be leaving the Marietta park and ride lot at 6:00am to ride up. Admission at the park is $6 per car, providing yet another reason to carpool. If you plan to meet us at the park, be there by 7:00am Central time.
For those who are interested in participating, we’ll be holding a little contest. Participation is in no way required — but there will be prizes for those who meet the challenge. Come prepared to do a bunch of climbing!
Join us next week on Thursday, October 3, 7:00pm at the Concourse Athletic Club for the next meeting of the Atlanta Climbing Club. The speaker will be our own Lucius Williams IV. He’ll be showing his new climbing film, Ikigai: Climb Hard, discussing the film making process and more.
We’ll also discuss our upcoming trip to Sand Rock, and start nominations for next year’s board.
Join us next Saturday, September 21 at Jamestown, AL for our annual trail day. In conjunction with the Southeastern Climbers Coalition, we’ll be working to beat back the weeds and prepare the trails at Jamestown for cooler fall weather.
We plan to get an early start at 8:00am Eastern time, which by my calculations works out to be 7:00am Central time. For those coming from Atlanta, we plan to carpool from the Marietta park and ride at 6:15am Saturday morning.
Be sure to bring clothing and equipment appropriate for trail work: long pants, closed-toe shoes, and gloves are all essential. If you feel like bringing some basic hand tools; loppers, hand saws, machetes, mattocks and shovels can all come in handy. If you have a chainsaw and you’re willing to bring the equipment to run it safely for the morning, a couple of those might not go unused. Also remember to bring water and snacks. Stay hydrated!
By starting early we hope to have all the heavy labor knocked out before it gets too warm. Then our trail day coordinator and grill master Gary will cook up a complimentary lunch for all in attendance. We’ll be raffling off some fun goodies. This year we even have a piece of gear autographed by a famous climber. You’ll have to show up to find out who!
After lunch we’ll all head back up the hill to climb and shake the cobwebs off of some of those Jamestown classics. So don’t forget to bring your climbing gear! If you’re new to trad, or just new to the area, this is an excellent opportunity to learn what Jamestown has to offer.
On September 7-8 we’re headed to Linville Gorge in North Carolina for our fall trip. Located in the Pisgah National Forest northwest of Morganton, NC, the gorge provides unspoiled views of old-growth forest. Climbing on quartzite cliffs is available in a wide range of difficulties and differing levels of remoteness to suit everyone’s taste for adventure.
Much of the climbing in Linville Gorge is multi-pitch, and there are multiple areas to camp. All of the camping is primitive, with no sources of water easily available. Vault toilets are available when camping at Table Rock, but other areas may require you to take care of things yourself.
If you are interested in going on the Linville Gorge trip, please complete our trip signup form by next Wednesday, Sep. 4. We need to coordinate who is going and make sure everyone has a partner and ends up at the same place.
The ACC’s summer hiatus is almost over! We have a busy September planned, and hope you can join us as we kick things off with our September meeting.
On Thursday, Sep. 5 starting at 7:00pm we’ll be back at the Courtside Grille for our monthly meeting. Our speaker will be Chattanooga climber Ronnie Dickson. In addition to earning multiple medals in both USA and World Paraclimbing, he is the first above-the-knee amputee to boulder V10 outdoors. Not just a wearer of prosthetics, Ronnie now manufactures them as well to assist others.
We’ll also be discussing our upcoming trip to Linville Gorge and our fall trail day. Hope to see you there!