Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Outdoor Chattanooga Featured Event

Camp Chair Traveler: 
Ben Friberg's Epic SUP Adventures Feb. 27

Local musician and world adventurer Ben Friberg will offer photos and video's of his record breaking standup paddleboard journeys on Thurs.

, Feb. 27, 6 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Ben will share stories and hints of what's next on his epic bucket list. Bring the kids and camp chairs to supplement our limited folding chair supply. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-688.   

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events
Camp Chair Traveler: "Wild Caves" Mar. 6 (Rescheduled from 2/13/2014)
Chattanooga Grotto will share a photo presentation about our area wild caves at Outdoor Chattanooga's next free Camp Chair Traveler event on Thurs., Mar. 6, at 6 p.m. Come learn about the amazing underground world that lies beneath us in TN, AL and GA. BYO-camp chair to supplement our folding chair supply. No reservations necessary. All ages welcome. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at(423) 643-6888.

Camp Chair Cinema: "Breaking Away" Mar. 7
The Chattanooga Bicycle Club will present the classic 1979 cycling movie, "Breaking Away," at our next Camp Chair Cinema offering on Fri., Mar. 7, 7 p.m. at  Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. The PG rated movie is one of the best, quintessentially American feel good films of the 20th Century. Watch the movie trailer. BYO-Camp chair, the kids and non alcoholic beverages. Outdoor Chattanooga will provide the popcorn. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

Featured Community Event(s)  

SYC Volunteer/Mentor Ride and Orientation Mar. 1 

The Southeast Youth Corps' Trips for Kids program will host a volunteer and ride mentor training ride this Sat., Mar. 1. Experienced mountain bikers who are interested in mentoring a teenager on mountain biking skills should join the ride. To learn more and sign up, visit the SYC Volunteer page.

Moccasin Bend Hikes Mar. 1
Two free hikes will happen on Moccasin Bend on Sat., Mar. 1, beginning at 9:30 a.m. 
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will offer a guided, interpretive hike on the Old Federal Rd. trail on Moccasin Bend on Sat., Mar. 1, beginning from the trailhead parking lot at the corner of Pineville Rd. and Riverside Dr. The one mile round trip hike will be led by park historian Jim Ogden. For those who want more hiking, stick around for a hike with the Nickajack Naturalist on the Blue Blazes Trail. This 1.5 mile loop winds through the scrub forests of the Bend and provides spectacular views of the river, Lookout Mtn. and lots of wildlife. 

DYI Solar Panels with the Sierra Club Mar. 1  

The Sierra Club, Cherokee Group will co-host a DYI solar panels workshop with Davis Mounger on Sat., Mar. 1, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences. Mounger will walk participants through the popular Enphase solar panel system, explaining costs, materials, etc. To register for the free workshop, email or call Davis Mounger at (423) 877-4616

Dual-Duel Bouldering Comp Mar. 1 & 15
The Southeastern Climbers Coalition will host a bouldering competition series to benefit their conservation and access work on Sat., Mar. 1 & 15 at the Hospital Boulders and Horsepens 40 boulder fields in Alabama. Registration is open for teams to compete in each event or the series. 

Lookout Wild Film Festival's Movie Lineup Mar. 21-13 

The Lookout Wild Film Festival, happening Fri.-Sun., Mar. 21-23, 2014, has published their 2014 lineup of outdoor films. Along with a new documentary about Outdoor Chattanooga, the festival includes films about a man who lives "in" his bike, Steve Fisher kayaking the Congo River's Inga Rapids, a woman's passion for fly fishing, and unicycle caving. Yes, unicycle caving.    

News 

Southeast Youth Corps' Golden Cairn Awards - Nominate Now!

The Southeast Youth Corps is accepting nominations for their 2014 Lewis Ross Golden Cairn Awards, now through Mar. 14. The awards celebrate local athletes and advocates by recognizing their efforts, accomplishments and contributions to Chattanooga's outdoor community. Nominate via this online form. The awards ceremony happens on Sat., Apr. 3, from 7-11 p.m. at Miller Plaza in downtown Chattanooga. 

Lookout Mtn. Bluff Trail Closed Until Further Notice 

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park has closed the Bluff Trail on Lookout Mtn. until further notice. The section of trail that is closed is south of the Cravens House trail and north of Sunset Rock. 

Website of the Week 
The Benwood Foundation refocuses and redesigns, including some community input on our outdoor lifestyle

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More Upcoming Events

March

28-30     Reflection Riding Native Plant Sale

April

5           Color'Nooga
12          Father/Son 5K
             Night Shift (6 HRS of TNT)
May
3           3State/3Mountain Challenge
4           Bike to the Ballpark

30          Tennessee Valley Canoe Club Paddle School

June

7           National Trails Day

August

9           Still Hollow Trail Race

September

28          Ironman Chattanooga

October

4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump
11         Chattanooga Head Race

November

1           Upchuck 50K
            Head of the Hooch

 December

 


Appalachian Trail Produces Deer Poacher And Lost Dog

TWRA wildlife officers working along the Appalachian Trail in the Cherokee National Forest near Butler charged a hunter with violations related to illegal deer hunting, then rescued a lost family pet in the same area.  Carter County Wildlife Officer Dennis Ward has documented illegal ATV tracks on Iron Mountain for several years, and while scouting out the area this year, ... (click for more)

Low Water Levels Increase Boating Hazard

With the statewide duck season set to open, winter angling opportunities and those recreational boaters withstanding colder temperatures to continue enjoying their sport, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) reminds boaters of  increased hazards in areas with low water levels. Above average temperatures and below average rainfall throughout the year has affected water ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Council Looking Into Taking Over Schools

A new group of Signal Mountain Town Council members is looking into taking over county schools within the town boundaries.   Two newly elected board members, Amy Speek and Dan Landrum, joined the council Friday afternoon at the first work session after the election. The election of mayor and vice mayor for the next two years came first on the agenda. Dick Gee, mayor ... (click for more)

Curtis Coleman Sentenced To 144 Months For Dealing Heroin

Curtis Allen Coleman, 41, of Dayton, Ohio, was sentenced to serve 144 months in prison by Federal Judge Travis R. McDonough for heroin distribution in Chattanooga. Coleman pleaded guilty in August to a federal indictment charging him with, among other things, conspiracy to distribute heroin.  According to information on file with the United States District ... (click for more)

Tennessee River Gorge Trust Trail Warriors Make You Want To Take A Hike

Trail warriors of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust make you want to take a hike.  The Tennessee River Gorge Trust staff and volunteers make a huge difference in the Chattanooga community and have been making the outdoor areas around the River Gorge clean and protected for more than 30 years.  They deserve to be recognized and praised for all of the hard work they have ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why Our Schools Stink

Cheryl Roddy has spent her lifetime, for the biggest part, as a teacher for the Hamilton County Department of Education and, more specifically, at East Ridge High School. She has loved teaching there for nearly 40 years and is hardly “average;” she has her master's degree in education, was twice East Ridge’s teacher of the year, was the first teacher at East Ridge to reach the first ... (click for more)