Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, January 8, 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.    


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


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

Tellico Hatchery Announces Winter Hours

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announced winter hours for the Tellico Hatchery in Tellico Plains. Holidays along with hours of daylight and alterations in operations are the primary reasons for changes. Fish eat less during colder months. This reason, along with a reduction of seasonal responsibilities such as mowing grass and hatchery upkeep, means fewer people on staff. ... (click for more)

Wildlife Officer Pete Geesling Honored In Veterans Day Observance Ceremony

Brandon “Pete” Geesling, a wildlife officer for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in Warren County, was one of five veteran state employees recognized during a Veterans Day observance event held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza.     Previously, Mr. Geesling served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a combat engineer which included a deployment ... (click for more)

Fire Breaks Out At McKee Bakery Plant 2; Damages Listed At $15,000; Propane Tanks Were Near Blaze

Fire broke out at a McKee Food plant at Collegedale on Saturday night. At 6:45 p.m. , an employee at McKee Foods called 911 call reporting a fire at McKee Foods Plant 2 located at 10260 McKee Dr. Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived on the scene reporting flames 15 feet high at one end of the building of Plant 2. According to fire officials, ... (click for more)

Woman Shot Saturday Night Near O'Rear Street

A woman was shot while driving on Saturday night. Just after  9 p.m.  the Chattanooga Police Department responded to reports of a person shot. Once on scene, police located a female victim near the 2500 block of O'Rear Street suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound to the face. The victim was driving a vehicle when the vehicle was struck by gunfire. She  ... (click for more)

Lung Cancer, The Deadliest Cancer In The United States

This time of year, I remember to give thanks for my faith, my family and friends and my health. Recently, I learned that lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the United States; in fact, more Americans die each year from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. One in 13 men and one in 16 women will develop the disease in their lifetime. It’s important to learn about ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Trouble With Chicago

On “Black Friday” night, I saw television footage of what was said to be about 2,000 people marching in protest in Chicago. The very vocal mob descended on the toniest street – Michigan Avenue – to spew its rage over a police officer who shot and killed a 17-year-old, this over a year ago in October of 2014. The just-released tapes of the incident embroiled the blacks who insist ... (click for more)