Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Featured Outdoor Chattanooga Event(s)  

Winter Workshop: Map and Compass Jan. 23 

Learn the basics of navigating the old fashioned way at our Winter Workshop: Map and Compass, happening on Thurs., Jan. 23, 6 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. The free workshop will be taught by Alan Archer, former U.S. Marine and orienteering expert. The workshop is suitable for adults and kids ages 6 and older. No reservations required. Maps and compasses provided. BYO-compass if you wish. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call 423 643-6888

Map and Compass Field Trip Jan. 25  
Alan Archer and Outdoor Adventure Training will host a field trip on Sat., Jan. 27, from 12 noon to 3 p.m., for students of the Map and Compass workshop who would like to try their new skills. Students will bushwack through the back country and should be prepared for any weather conditions. Cost is $20 and students can register by calling (423) 987- 9628 or register at Thursday's Winter Workshop. 


City of Chattanooga Drivers Ed Program in American Bicyclist
American Bicyclist magazine features the City of Chattanooga Transportation Department's innovative driver education program in this month's issue. The article highlights a unique partnership between Transportation, Outdoor Chattanooga, Bike Chattanooga and CARTA to educate drivers about bicyclists, pedestrians and transit.  

Ride Mentors Needed for SYC Trips for Kids Mtn. Bike Program

The Southeast Youth Corps (SYC) Trips for Kids program needs skilled mountain bikers to mentor kids on training rides on the Lookout Mountain trails. Trips for Kids is partnering this spring with the Lookout Mtn. Land Conservancy to educate Howard School students in conservation and mountain bike skills. Successful graduates of the program earn their own mountain bike, helmet and bike light. Rides are scheduled for Feb. 6 & 20, Mar. 6 & 20 and Apr. 10 & 24. To volunteer, email SYC Program Director Brenna Kelly or call 423-718-3467.  

Website of the Week

Visit the Tennessee Valley Canoe Club, which includes river info and a nice video gallery of some local whitewater runs. 

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events

Wild Edibles Workshop Jan. 30
Learn about some of the tasty and healthy wild edibles that grow in your own back yard at our next Winter Workshop, happening Thurs., Jan. 30, 6 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. The free workshop will be hosted by professional herbalist Holli Richey. Plan on sampling some freshly made surprises. All ages welcome. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at 423 643-6888.

Guided Hike to Russell Cave National Monument Feb. 1
Join Outdoor Chattanooga and the Nickajack Naturalist for a guided, beginner hike to Alabama's Russell Cave National Monument on Sat., Feb. 1, 9 a.m., beginning at the Russell Cave Visitors Center in Bridgeport, AL. The hike will be an out and back on a .8 mile, paved nature trail, followed by a visit to the Cave and the Visitors Center. Reservations are required. Email or call hike leader Bob Butters at 423 991-1548.

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice Resumes Feb. 4

Come join our Rapid Learning Kayak Skills practice on Tues., Feb. 4 or 11 with two sessions at 7 and 8 p.m. at Southern Adventist University's Hulsey Wellness Center. Outdoor Chattanooga's skilled instructors take beginners from their first wet exit to their first kayak roll. First time visitors get to participate in the class for free. A $2/adults, $1 kids admission to the pool applies for all participants. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.    

Registration Open for U.S. Masters Swimming Nat. Champs. May 17 

Registration is open for the 2014 U.S. Masters Swimming 2.4 Mile Open Water National Championship , to be held on the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga on Sat., May 17, 2014. Co-hosted by the Chattanooga Open Water Swimmers (C.O.W.S.) and Outdoor Chattanooga, the event will feature two, 2.4 mile races, one with wetsuits and one without, and one 1.2 mile race.  

Featured Community Event(s)  

Sierra Club Meeting: The In's and Out's of Grassroots Politicking Jan. 27
Learn about grassroots politicking on the local and state level at the next Sierra Club, Cherokee Group meeting, Mon., Jan. 27, 7 p.m., at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Guest speaker Jeremy Dahl will share how to get elected representative's attention and keep it. Dahl worked as a professional campaign consultant and field representative nationwide. The public is invited. Healthy snacks will be served.  


More Upcoming Events

8            Save Water, Drink Wine

21-23     Lookout Wild Film Festival
22          Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race

5            Color'Nooga
11-12     Georgia Trail Summit
12          Father/Son 5K
19          Chickamauga Chase Trail Race
26          Scenic City Trail Marathon

3           3State/3Mountain Challenge
             Childrens Hospital Dragon Boat Festival
4           Bike to the Ballpark
16-17     Rock/Creek Thunder Rock 100
17          Viola Valley Half Marathon
              USMS Open Water National Championships
24-26     V.W. USA Cycling Pro Road and Time Trial National Championships

7           National Trails Day
13-15     Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race

9           Still Hollow Trail Race

28          Ironman Chattanooga

4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump

1           Upchuck 50K

14         Lookout Mountain 50 Miler

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: So Why Pick A Fight?

On Tuesday I spied a picture that proclaimed “The Mayors Say…It is time for a Smoke-Free Community.” Apparently the newest clown on our horizon has led a group of very knowledgeable and learned people into an ambush because even country music’s Travis Tritt can tell you this means T-R-O-U-B-L-E. You are about to mess with the wrong group of people. The mayor of Lookout Mountain, ... (click for more)