Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, January 08, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson
Take a minute to fill out a survey about Chattanooga's urban coyotes and our Winter Workshops begin this week with a free climbing clinic
 
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Rapid Learning Roll Practice Resumes Jan. 9

The Rapid Learning Whitewater Program will resume weekly kayak roll practice on Wednesday, Jan. 9, with two sessions: 6-7 and 7-8 p.m. at the Brainerd Recreation Community Center's indoor pool, at 1010 North Moore Rd. The program costs $50 per year for individuals, $75 for families and gives members access to full instruction and all kayaking equipment. Kayakers will all their own gear may participate by paying a single day membership fee of $5. First timers can come for free. To learn more, email or call Terri Chapin at (423) 643-6882

Free Climbing 101 Workshop This Saturday, Jan. 12

Outdoor Chattanooga will begin our 2013 Winter Workshop series with Rock Climbing 101 for adults and kids ages 8 and older this Sat., Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Professional guides from Rocky Top Guides and Urban Rocks Gym will spend the morning teaching belaying technique, along with foot and hand work on our indoor traverse climbing wall. After a lunch break, 10 participants will take an afternoon climbing trip with Rocky Top Guides and another 10 will spent the afternoon bouldering at Urban Rocks. Cost is free. Pre-registration is required. Limit: 20 participants. Email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888 to register. 

Registration Open for High Adventure Summer Camps, 2013

Registration is now open for our 2013 High Adventure Summer Camps: the Appalachian Whitewater Adventure, June 22-26 and our TN River "Huck Finn" Adventure July 24-28. Cost is $400 per camp and includes all instruction, camping and outdoor gear, transportation and meals. 

Community Events . . . 

Sandhill Crane Festival Jan. 19-20
The TN Wildlife Resources Agency and the TN Ornithological Society will host the annual TN Sandhill Crane Festival at Birchwood Elementary School on Sat. and Sun., Jan. 19 and 20, 2013. The event will feature a full schedule of special events at the school and regular shuttles to the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge for crane watching.    

News

Coyote Sighting Survey at CA&NC
Have you seen coyotes in your back yard, in a park, or in an urban area? The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center is conducting a survey to learn more about human-coyote interactions occurring in Metro Chattanooga, including areas in which coyotes are being seen and citizen concerns. The survey page also contains valuable information about urban coyote habits and behaviors.

Web Hit(s) of the Week  

Instead of a chirpy little bell, wouldn't it be nice to have a loud bicycle horn

Last Week's Web Hit
Not only does Miami Heat megastar Lebron James commute by bicycle to games and practice, his Lebron James Family Foundation in Akron, OH gets elementary school kids to do the same with Wheels for Education

2013

February, 2013
             Trail of Tears 7 Mile Run
5            Cupids Chase 5K
17          Polar Plunge Chattanooga
 
March, 2013
9/10         Booker T. Duathlon
23            Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race
            Get Out Chattanooga Challenge 

April, 2013
6           Out Run the Police
20         Outdoor Chattanooga Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap
27         Chattanooga's Amazing Race

May, 2013
4           Children's Hospital Dragon Boat Festival
             Chattanooga Tour de Cure
25-27     USA Pro Cycling Championships

June, 2013
1            National Trails Day
14-16      Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race
15          Color the Curve Chattanooga

July, 2013

22-26     TN River Gorge "Huck Finn" Adventure Camp

August, 2013
10           Still Hollow Trail Race

11           Cannonball Charge

September, 2013
8            Iron Jr. Triathlon
29          Komen Race for the Cure

October, 2013
5            Rock/Creek Stump Jump

USDA Seeks Help In Testing Wildlife For Rabies

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services is asking for the public’s help as it works to determine the frequency of rabies in southeastern Tennessee raccoons.  Anyone who encounters a raccoon that is sick-acting or behaving unusually is asked to report the animal. No raccoons in Tennessee have tested positive for the raccoon variant, or variety, of rabies ... (click for more)

Tennessee State Parks Celebrate National Public Lands Day

In recognition of National Public Lands Day, Tennessee State Parks, along with Friends Groups, invite the public to take part in hikes and volunteer activities across the state on   Saturday, Sept. 27 . This year’s theme is “Helping Hands for America’s Lands.” Each of the 55 Tennessee State Parks will have scheduled hikes and volunteer opportunities. For each park’s ... (click for more)

EPB Says "Close To A Wash" On City Street Light Billing

EPB President Harold DePriest denied Wednesday that EPB owes the city over $1 million on street light billing. He stated,  “EPB has never said that we owe the city $1.2 million. When all the facts are taken into account, the financial difference is close to a wash.” Mr. DePriest said, "I regret that this complicated issue has been oversimplified in some reports. As we’ve ... (click for more)

New Red Bank Zoning Ordinance Is Ready For Review

The new Red Bank zoning ordinance is ready for review, City Manager Randall Smith said Tuesday night. It can be seen on www.redbanktn.gov and the link to zoning regulations. The new ordinance will replace one that was created 30 years ago.    The plan will encompass both residential and commercial development and is intended to direct ... (click for more)

Why So Much For A Rail Study?

From the things that make you go hmm department. Ok, so the feds are giving us $400k and the city is kicking in another $300k for a total of $700k to do a study on having in town rail service. Why so much for a study? Don't get me wrong, I'm totally down with Chattanooga having some passenger trains running around. I get that. It's awesome. We've needed it for a long time. I ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: I’m Certainly No Expert

Sometime on Monday night, after I had written a piece on getting swatted with a switch as a kid, I got an email from ESPN Canada asking if I would be a televised guest on “Off the Record,” the most watched daily sports show in Canada. The subject: corporal punishment in America. Are you kidding me? I am hardly an expert. All weekend my world of sports and its excitement was warped ... (click for more)