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

 


Cumberland Mountain State Park Receives Excellence In Innovation Award

Cumberland Mountain State Park received the East Tennessee Excellence in Innovation Award at the 2015 Tennessee State Parks Management meeting. Parks nominated for this award have demonstrated the ability to think outside the box to create new ideas for enhancement or improvement at their park. The innovative project must be long- lasting or far reaching. Cumberland Mountain ... (click for more)

Haiman’s Legacy Continues Support On Alum Cave Trail After 19 Years

Friends of the Smokies was awarded a grant from the Richard Haiman National Parks Foundation for more than $18,000 to support reconstruction of Alum Cave Trail and backcountry privy improvements in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). Nineteen years ago, Richard Haiman’s gift made possible Friends of the Smokies’ first major trail reconstruction project in the park.   ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Gets Bursts Of Snow, But Little Accumulation Expected

Chattanooga got some bursts of snow on Monday night, but little accumulation was expected. However, the Marion County Schools were called off for Tuesday due to the weather. Here is the latest forecast: A DUSTING OF LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATION POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT... TEMPERATURES CONTINUE TO TUMBLE AS COLD AIR MOVED INTO THE REGION THIS AFTERNOON. AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL ... (click for more)

Body Found On South Highland Park Avenue

The Chattanooga Police Department is investigating the death of a white woman, found at 2106 S.   Highland Park Ave.  The person’s identity and cause of death are unknown at this time. Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call  423 698-2525. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when available. (click for more)

We Need The Chattanooga History Center

Having been on several of Dr. Daryl Black's walking tours, I can say that they weren't just informative, but a treat. The downtown, Fort Wood and Ninth Street of yesteryear were brought dramatically to life. We stood on the ground where Sherman had his headquarters (near the Ice Cream Show) and the corner where Bessie Smith sang as a young girl. And we also stood beneath the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Big (Un)Easy: Mardi Gras

Not since Hurricane Katrina has New Orleans had a bigger problem. When over a million visitors flood the city for the annual Mardi Gras bash over the next three weeks, there will be signs all around town and into the French Quarter that blare, “CAUTION: Walk In Large Groups. We (heart symbol) love NOPD. We Just Need More Of Them.” In other words, it appears things are quite unsettled ... (click for more)