Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Featured Outdoor Chattanooga Event:

FreeTry Rowing Clinic June 29

Outdoor Chattanooga and Chattanooga Junior Rowing will offer a free Try Rowing clinic for adults and kids of all ages on Sat., June 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chattanooga Rowing Center, 1001 Riverside Dr. Families are encouraged to come try the sport of rowing under the supervision of CJR's coaches and safety boaters. No reservations are necessary. To learn more, email Chattanooga Junior Rowing.

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events and Activities 

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice June 19

Outdoor Chattanooga's weekly Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice continues on Wed. evenings, with two sessions: 6 and 7 p.m., at Chester Frost County Park. Come learn how to kayak. Your first visit is free.

No Rapid Learning Roll Practice June 26 and July 3
We'll be taking a break from our weekly Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice on Wed., June 26 and July 3. Come kayak with us when we resume on July 10 at Hamilton County's Chester Frost Park.  

Downtown Kayak Adventures Continue June 22 & 23

Our weekly Downtown Kayak Adventures continue this Sat. and Sun., June 22 and 23, 9 a.m. and continue through Aug. 18. Make a reservation to join this beginner friendly excursion around the downtown waterfront.

All About Derailleurs - Free Bike Maintenance Clinic Tonight - June 19

The public is invited to come learn the in's and out's of the most misunderstood of bicycle parts: the derailleur, at Outdoor Chattanooga's next Bike Maintenance Clinic on Wed., June 19, 6 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Learn from the experts at the Trek Store of Chattanooga. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888.

Downtown Kayak Adventures Continue June 22 & 23

Our weekly Downtown Kayak Adventures continue this Sat. and Sun., June 22 and 23, 9 a.m. and continue through Aug. 18. Make a reservation to join this beginner friendly excursion around the downtown waterfront.

Western N.C. Whitewater Kayak Clinic June 21-23

Advanced beginner and intermediate level whitewater kayakers can join this weekend skills clinic in the mountains o f Western North Carolina Fri. - Sun., June 21-23, with Outdoor Chattanooga's Rapid Learning Whitewater Program. Cost is $150 and includes all transportation, meals, equipment and instruction. To learn more or register, email Terri Chapin or call (423) 643-6888

Sierra Club at Outdoor Chattanooga June 24 - TN Healthy Energy Campaign

The Sierra Club, Cherokee Group will host their monthly meeting on Mon., June 24, 7 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. The public is invited to come hear Megan Spooner, local organizer for the TN Healthy Energy Campaign, will highlight efforts to conserve energy in the TN Valley. 

Rapid Learning Beginner Whitewater Kayak Trips June 29 & 30

Outdoor Chattanooga's Rapid Learning Whitewater Program will host beginner whitewater kayak trips on Sat. and Sun., June 29 and 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants will spend the day practicing basic rescue and paddling skills on an area Class II whitewater stream. The trips are open to Rapid Learning members for $35 or non members for $45 (includes one day membership). Email Terri Chapin or call (423) 643-6888 to learn how to sign up.

Featured Community Event

Adventure (and Science) on Mt. Everest June 25
The Rock/Creek Wild Trails Pint Night will present Adventure (& a Little Science) on Mt. Everest on Tues., June 25, from 6:30-9 p.m., at the IMAX Theatre in downtown Chattanooga. Climber and photographer Kris Erickson will present his photographic documentation of 10 years of climbing on some of the world toughest peaks. Cost is $10 and proceeds benefit Wild Trails. 

Community Events and Activities 

Young Explorers Through June 25 - July 23 

Kids ages 3 - 6 can join the Young Explorers program at Hamilton County's Enterprise South Nature Park, which hosts a different topic each Tues., from 10 - 11 a.m. Cost is $3 per child and registration is required.

Kids Time at the TN Riverpark June 20 - July 25

Bring the kids to take in Kids Time: special, free programs by community leaders on a variety of fun topics every Thurs. morning at 10 a.m., at the TN Riverpark Shelter #4. 

Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race June 14-16

Three days and 60 miles of trail running in the mountains surrounding Chattanooga will benefit Wild Trails
Kewl Race June 15
Athletes will run, climb and standup paddleboard to benefit the Chattanooga Audubon Society and their work on Maclellan Island.

Guided Hike - Cherokee Removal and Moccasin Bend June 17

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host a free, guided hike on Moccasin Bend Mon., June 17, 6:30 p.m., beginning at the Friends of Moccasin Bend offices at 175 Hamm Rd. 

Mini Nature Camp at Enterprise South June 20-21
Hamilton County Parks and Tenne-SEA Kids for Clean Water will host a Mini Nature Camp for kids ages 9-13. 

Wilderness Safety for the Outdoor Enthusiast June 21 

The Southeast Wilderness Medical Conference will host a special public seminar, Wilderness Safety for the Outdoor Enthusiast, on Fri., June 21, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Church on Main, 1601 Rossville, Ave. in Chattanooga. Outdoor enthusiasts of all types are encouraged to learn about how to handle the most common outdoor injuries and illnesses. Cost is $20. Participants may preregister online or buy tickets at the Door. To learn more, email the S.E. Wilderness Medical Conference or call (505) 506-4496.

Learn to Row Clinic June 24-July 6

The Lookout Rowing Club will teach you how to row in this two week Learn to Row clinic, which features 10 classes. Learn everything you need to know to get on the river, including an LRC membership.

McKamey K9K June 29
Walk or run with your dog at this first ever dog friendly 5K fundraiser for McKamey Animal Center

Run for Wishes June 30

If dogs aren't your thing, then take a run at Enterprise South Nature Park for Make a Wish East TN

Web Hit(s) of the Week
For the latest hunting and fishing news, check WRCB-TV's Channel3Outdoors.

Last Week's Web Hit

Read all about the End of the World Bikes


More Upcoming Events

July, 2013

10          Still Hollow Trail Race
             YMCA Strong Adventure Race
11          Cannonball Charge
17          Chattanooga Mud Run
31            Raft for the Cure 
September, 2013 
7           Paddle for the Cure 
8           Iron Jr. Triathlon

October, 2013
4-12      River Rocks Chattanooga
5           Rock/Creek Stump Jump
20         7 Bridges Marathon

November, 2013
2-3         Head of the Hooch

Claire Henley: Adventures West (Connecting The Dots)

(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). “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” -Proverbs 16:9 There were several things Big Spoon and I had to figure out in order ... (click for more)

Claire Henley: Adventures West (The House Of Chris)

(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). Back in Quincy, Big Spoon and I didn’t have anywhere in particular to go, and so we wandered around. The Quincy Museum next to the courthouse caught Big Spoon’s eye, as did ... (click for more)

City Council Approves 8-Story Height For Proposed Building Behind The Chattanooga Choo Choo

A day after the Planning Commission rejected  a seven-story apartment building on the 1200 block of Cowart Street, the City Council approved a building that could rise to eight stories behind the Chattanooga Choo Choo. After the meeting, Jon Kinsey, former mayor and Choo Choo managing partner, said, "We are not planning an eight-story building. We just went through the ... (click for more)

Lee University Social Media Threat Suspect Identified, Charged And In Custody

Lee University student Olayinka Opaso, from Nigeria, 18, confessed on Tuesday to a senior Lee University official about his involvement in the Yik Yak post describing potential threats to Lee University students. Opaso was immediately placed into custody by the campus security director, Matt Brinkman. Mr. Brinkman transported Opaso to the Cleveland Police Department where ... (click for more)

A New Commercial Look For Signal Mountain

A speaker at the Signal Mountain Town Council meeting last night presented some very interesting information about the council’s new bigger and brighter vision of our commercial area. Councilman Spalding presented a list of sign changes to the Design Review Commission that the council wants and several of those items were approved last night.  Still to come on the list are ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It Was Our Tool Shed

Some said the huge beams had been soaking in creosote for two or three years when the men finally stacked them to dry. They were long, about 20 feet each, and thick – maybe eight inches. I remember they were 14 inches wide but the biggest thing I remember was that it was the ugliest lumber I ever saw. They cured the beams for one entire hot summer in the Tool Shed, a huge building ... (click for more)