February 2018 Trip Report

On Sunday February 18th, after postponing our trip one week due to rain, we finally made it to Foster Falls, a sport climbing destination just west of Chattanooga near the town of Jasper.

A few of us (Chuck, Tim, Denmark, Gene, and Jim) met at the Marietta Park N Ride at 0700 to start our trek and amazingly Jim Allison actually showed up on time – 5 minutes early, and had all of his gear.   On the way to the crag, Chuck and Tim stopped and picked up Jen Kemper at the Cracker Barrel at exit 290.

We arrived at Foster Falls about 0900 eastern, where we met Reagan and new members Kenny and Kim in the parking lot.

Once we got down to the cliff line, a lot of the routes were running water due to heavy rain earlier in the week, so the search was on for dry lines.

As a warm-up Tim put up Bear Mountain Picnic. Chuck put up Mammy – really Chuck? You put this up as a warm-up!  Denmark put up Story of My Life (P1).

Around 1000 or so the entire Mekolites clan arrived with new dog and hammock in tow. The only item missing was the boom box. Jeff set a few routes and was the proud papa belaying Evan as he crushed them.

During the gorgeous sunny day the following routes were climbed:

  • Afterburner
  • Ankles Away
  • Bear Mountain Picnic
  • Diamond Cutter
  • Dihedral
  • Fish Eyed Fool
  • Gravity Boots
  • Hola Bitch
  • Narcissism
  • Saturated
  • Standing Room Only
  • Therapist

On Standing Room Only, Tim got served again at the crux, but he’s getting close. Chuck really got served and was caught putting his arm through a draw to rest.

About 1400, Ian and Susan showed up and climbed a few routes before trekking back to the parking lot for cold beverages and a group photo.

So as you’ve been reading this I know you are probably wondering – Who won the Sending Chain? There were a lot of worthy efforts, but the winner was the new guy –Kenny (don’t know his last name, but I was told he owns an animal farm). Kenny was one of the most enthusiastic new members we’ve had in a while, wanting to learn everything. So what happens? Chuck says, “I’ve got a plan, come with me, your gonna lead your first climb.” So off goes Chuck and Kenny and we don’t see them until almost sunset at the parking lot. Rumors were going around that Chuck killed Kenny (you bastard!) We need to get Kenny an orange jacket. So, Chuck and Kenny get back at the parking lot with gigantic smiles and legend has it that Kenny on-sighted his first climb – Afterburner 5.5C and then took the big Whip on Gravity Boots 5.7D. Chuck then talked Kenny into one more climb –Therapist and was taught how to clean a route. So there you have it, Kenny was a shoe-in after putting up with Chuck’s Shenanigans.

After Kenny was awarded the Sending Chain we all met at Mojo Burrito for dinner, and then started our trek home, glad that Chuck didn’t kill Kenny.

Oh, by the way, Jim, nice footwork.

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February 2018 Meeting

Come join us Thursday, March 1st at our new location – The Concourse Athletic Club.

Our presenter is local climber Justin Castleberry, talking about his trip last summer to Chamonix. Justin managed to climb quite a few classics, including the Matterhorn, Grand Capuchin, and Mount Blanc. If you are curious about climbing in the Alps, come join us.

The meeting starts at 7:00 for social time, with the presentation starting around 7:30.

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February Trip Postponed (again)

Due to inclement weather, the February trip has been postponed to Sunday, February 18th.

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February Trip Postponed

Due to inclement weather, the February trip has been postponed to next Saturday, February 17th.

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Yonah Trail Day Video

Visit our Facebook Page to see a video of our Yonah Trail Day 2017.

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2018 Climb Safe Clinic

Scott Perkins is offering a discount to Club members for the 2018 Climb Safe Clinic. He is giving a $10 discount for the clinic, and waiving the $20 camping/dinner fee if you decide to camp.

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February 2018 Meeting

Come join us at our new location, the Concourse Athletic Club, on Thursday, February 8th for our next meeting. Mark “Huck” Huckeba will talk about the upcoming Float the Boat Bouldering Competition and present slides of his Appalachian Trail Thru Hike.

The meeting starts at 7:00 for social time, with business starting around 7:30.

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January 2018 Trip Report

Snow at the base of the waterfall at T-Wall

Saturday we started off the New Year with a trip to Tennessee Wall just north of Chattanooga. Despite a high temperature forecast in the low 30’s that day, four brave souls met at the Marietta park and ride before dawn to begin the drive to Tennessee.  Chuck, Denmark, Jim and Tim were in attendance. When we arrived at the trailhead it was 21 degrees. Luckily we had a nice uphill approach hike to warm things up.

We found the warmest sections of rock we could find and got to the business at hand — climbing! Hands got a bit numb, but the skies were blue and the rock was getting warmer by the minute. We also had our secret weapon: the “alpine sunshine” (hot cocoa with bourbon).

Chuck serving up the alpine sunshine.

Tim starts up Cake Walk

After half an hour or so Gary arrived and joined the group, making us 5 in total. Slowly other groups of climbers started to appear as well, and the sunshine heated the rock to a comfortable temperature.

Gary leads In Pursuit of Excellence

We got a full day of climbing done before finally hiking down just before sunset. Our list of climbs.

  • Sanskrit
  • Dirt Bag
  • In Pursuit of Excellence
  • Finger Locking Good
  • Jay Walker
  • Digital Display
  • Puppy Ride
  • Razor Worm
  • Cake Walk

Jim following In Pursuit of Excellence

Chuck starts up Digital Display

Sharing beers and stories with some strangers we met in the parking lot.

Gary’s new rap album drops next Thursday.

Once back at the parking lot, we opened some frosty beverages and Gary became the inaugural recipient of the Sending Chain. What’s the Sending Chain, you ask? At the end of each day of climbing the club will award the Chain to whoever distinguishes themselves the most in that day’s climbing. You may distinguish yourself by being the most successful, or the least successful, or in some cases maybe both. Whatever the case, know that if you receive the chain… you earned it!

The sun set, and it got real cold real fast. So we headed to Mojo Burrito in Red Bank for some much needed nourishment. After a great dinner we all headed home to thaw out.

The whole gang

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January 2018 Trip

This month’s trip is to sunny Tennessee Wall in Chattanooga. T-Wall is one of the best traditional climbing locations in the Southeast and a great place to climb when it’s cold because the wall gets full sun all day. Weather looks like it will be chilly Saturday with temperatures in the mid 30’s, so bundle up!

T-Wall is a (mostly) traditional climbing area with hundreds of routes including some easier routes for new leaders to practice their skills on. For non-leaders they can top rope what others put up.

Where are we meeting?

We will be meeting at the Marietta park and ride at 7:00 am which will put us at the parking lot around 9:00 am if you would prefer to meet us there.

Marietta Park and Ride: https://goo.gl/maps/EM2xwF8yNf42

More info: https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105851828/the-tennessee-wall

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September Club Meeting

Septembers Club Meeting is on Tuesday, September 12 at 7 P.M. at the Harp Irish Pub in Roswell.

Meeting Ageda:
The club’s presentation for this meeting will be “What I climbed this summer”. We invite you to speak with us about a climb you did over the summer. It doesn’t have to be a big climb or a difficult climb, just something fun that you’re psyched to share with the club (even if you only made it three pitches up or did bunch of sports climb, cause sometimes those make the best stories). It you have a story let us know by commenting on this event or shooting an email to atlantaclimbingclub@gmail.com

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