Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Featured Outdoor Chattanooga Event  

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice Continues Tonight, Dec. 10

Southern Adventist University's Hulsey Wellness Center will host our weekly Rapid Learning Kayak Skills practice for the remainder of the winter, on the first and second Tues. of each month, Dec. - April, 2014, from 7-9 p.m. That means' we're paddling tonight! 

Featured Community Event(s) 

Fiery Gizzard Day Hike Dec. 15
South Cumberland State Park will host a 4 mile round trip hike to Sycamore Falls on the Fiery Gizzard Trail on Sun., Dec. 15, 1 p.m., CST. The moderately strenuous hike will focus on the geology and winter wildlife of the Fiery Gizzard area. Call 931-924-2980 for directions to the hike start.


Registration Open for TN Bike Summit May 14-17
The 3rd annual TN Bike Summit will happen May 14-17, 2014 in Nashville. Among this year's guest speakers will be Jim Sayer, E.D. of the Adventure Cycling Assoc., Kim Wiley-Schwartz, Asst. Commissioner, NYC Dept. of Transportation, and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. Registration is now open.

More Community Events 

Family Hike at Cloudland Canyon Dec. 14

The Chattanooga Trekkers will host a group hike on the West Rim Loop Trail of Georgia's Cloudland Canyon State Park on Sat., Dec. 14, beginning at 12 noon. The 4.8 mile loop runs around the edge of the canyon, with a couple of good climbs. An RSVP is required. To learn more, email hike leader Valerie Radu.

Run, Run Rudolph 5K Dec. 14

The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program will benefit from the Run, Run Rudolph 5K, starting from Coolidge Park at 8 a.m. on Sat., Dec. 14. 

TBRA State Cyclocross Championships at Greenway Farm Dec. 14

The TN Bicycle Racing Assoc. will host the state cyclocross championships at the City of Chattanooga's Greenway Farm Park in Hixson, on Sat., Dec. 14, with racing going on from 11 a.m. to  3:30 p.m. Expect lots of muddy, sandy, sweaty cycling, tumbling and running with bicycles. 

Jingle Bell Jog 5K Dec. 16

The downtown Chattanooga YMCA will host the family, 5K Jingle Bell Jog on Mon., Dec. 16, beginning at 6 p.m. Each registered jogger gets a jingly t-shirt. 

Wauhatchie Trail Run Dec. 21

Hosted by the Chattanooga Track Club, this 6.7 mile trail run is a winter institution. Expect rocky, rough trail, steep inclines and the myriad of other challenges that come with running on the side of Lookout Mtn. 

Web Hit(s) of the Week 

This excellent video by Rob Leines on Suck Creek, courtesy of Walden's Ridge Whitewater, shows why creek boating is only for the superbly fit and skilled. 

Last Week's Web Hit

10 Things I've Learned about Mountain Biking

More Upcoming Events

December, 2013





12         Father/Son 5K



7          National Trails Day


9          Still Hollow Trail Race


28         Ironman Chattanooga


4          Rock/Creek Stump Jump


1           Upchuck 50K


Hunting Opportunities For The Wheelchair Bound

Cordell Hull Wildlife Management Area provides hunting opportunity for wheelchair bound hunters.  A wheelchair bound hunting zone on Cordell Hull WMA provides 6 blinds on a first come, first served basis. This zone is open only to hunters who are totally and permanently confined to a wheelchair as certified by a physician. On wheelchair-bound deer hunts, each wheelchair-bound ... (click for more)

Claire Henley: Adventures West (So Much All At Once)

(Editor's Note: Chattanoogan Claire Henley started an adventure of a lifetime on the remote Pacific Crest Trail in April. Along the way, she had many adventures and found herself a husband named Big Spoon). “We were very tired, we were very merry—/ We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.” -Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Recuerdo” We had come through very much. So ... (click for more)

Baylor Student, 16, Dies After Cardiac Incident At Pool

A 16-year-old Baylor School student died after a cardiac incident at a pool on Monday afternoon. Sumner Smith died in the incident on campus. The student was taken by ambulance to Erlanger. Baylor's Barbara Kennedy said it happened during a routine swim practice. He was found unresponsive in the pool. Counselors were being provided on the Baylor campus on Tuesday. ... (click for more)

Bradley County Commission Decides Not To Provide Animal Pickup Service

Bradley County Commissioners on Monday finally put animal control to rest. It was not easy and it was not without confusion, but in the end, the county will not provide animal pickup service. Confusion began when commissioners were asked to approve the agenda, which included two options for animal control pick up. Item “D” provided for the SPCA of Bradley County to pick ... (click for more)

VW PILOT Crash Landing

The Volkswagen emission scandal proves the point citizen activist, Ms. Helen Burns Sharp, has repeatedly brought to the attention of local government officials. She urged them to "beef up" the PILOT contracts before approving PILOT tax abatements. Any logical person would agree, because it is the only way to recoup a tax loss when unthinkable situations arise. Volkswagen's willful ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Readers Are Right

Jeffrey Cross is a community activist in the very finest way. He has no idea that I and many others have followed what he has done, and tirelessly I might add, to enhance the St. Elmo neighborhood at the foot of Lookout Mountain. I wish this world had a million Jeffrey Crosses. So when he wrote in protest of my Monday story, “We Want Our City Back,” I was more than eager to read ... (click for more)