Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Friday, December 1, 2017

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Rapid Learning Whitewater Kayak Program Practice Session
Tuesday, December 5th 7:00-9:00 p.

Outdoor Chattanooga's Rapid Learning Whitewater Kayak Program continues through the winter months at the Hulsey Wellness Center at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN. No reservation or experience required. The first class is always free and includes all equipment and instruction. There is a $2 pool use fee charged by the Wellness Center. Please bring cash. Additional sessions: Feb. 6, March 6, and April 3. For more info email Outdoor Chattanooga. 

Winter Workshop Series: Wilderness First Aid 
Thursday, January 18th and 25th 6:00-7:30 p.m. 
Outdoor Chattanooga's Winter Workshop Series returns in 2018 to offer a series of classroom based, outdoor education and skill building workshops that are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. Reservations or experience NOT required to attend. We start the series with a 2-part introduction to Wilderness First Aid on Jan. 18 and 25th (**Non-certification course**). Wilderness first aid training prepares you for how to handle emergencies in the woods until you can get to definitive care. **These workshops are not for certification, but do offer insightful discussions for training and practice purposes. Jan. 18 - Part 1: Participants will gain a better understanding on how to assess, treat, and contain emergencies related to soft tissue injury, fractures, trauma and building splints. Jan. 25 - Part 2: will cover emergencies related to environmental disasters, exposure, survival hacks, and hypothermia. Come for one or both. For more info email Outdoor Chattanooga or call 423.643.6888 to learn more.

Additional Winter Workshops occur Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Jan. 18 through March 1st at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Click here to learn more.

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Community Events

Saturday, December 2nd 7:00 a.m. - Sunday, December 3rd 7:00 a.m.

Mainx24 is a 24-hour long festival celebrating Main Street and the surrounding Southside, held every December since 2007. Mainx24 features programming all day long, from parades to music, to friendly competitions by bike, big wheel and chili cook-offs. Mainx24 is free and open to the public and has something for everyone. A schedule of events is available here. 

Christmas at Red Clay State Park
Sunday, December 10th 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Christmas at Red Clay State Park is an opportunity to learn about how the Cherokee and the Settlers in this area celebrated the holidays. Take a walk through time and see the park as it was seen through the eyes of the historic figures that lived in the area. This living history event includes singing traditional songs, cooking over the fire and learning about the traditions of the past. This event is free and open to the public. Advance reservations required. Click here to learn more and reserve online.

Chilhowee New Year's Eve Ride
Sunday, December 31st 9:00 a.m.
Join SORBA Chattanooga for a New Year's Eve Group Ride on Chilhowee. Come see where the roots of Chattanooga Mountain Biking were founded and learn more about the Ocoee area all while celebrating another year on two wheels! Group will meet at the Clemmer Trailhead or at the Chilhowee Campground at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 31. Ride is weather dependent. 

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This Month's Local Outdoor Adventure
Giving the Gift of Adventure

Outdoor Chattanooga's Local Giving Guide

Tis the season for gift giving. This holiday season, how about gifting an outdoor adventure or experience instead of traditional gifts wrapped in boxes under the tree. The Scenic City offers a plethora of outdoor activities for that special someone on your gift list. Not only will you give them a gift to remember, you'll be supporting a local business or organization. In compiling this list, we came to realize even more now than before how awesome it is to live Chattanooga! It truly is the Best Town Ever!! 

Here are Outdoor Chattanooga's gift giving recommendations: 

For the curious climber: Give them a gift card or membership to High Point Climbing or Tennessee Bouldering Authority (TBA), two local climbing gyms that will introduce them to the sport or keep them active during the winter months. 

For the serious cyclist and much loved mountain biker: Gift them with a SORBA Membership, IMBA Membership, or GA State Parks Season Pass so they can give back to and get out on the trails they love.

For the perpetual paddler: Gift them with gift cards or future SUP/Kayak rentals so they can paddle on peaceful waters, L2 Outside or Rusty's Kayaks. For those paddlers that seek a little more adventure and adrenaline; Outdoor Chattanooga's Rapid Learning Whitewater Kayak Program may be the perfect fit.

For the wanderlust water lover: Look into these local companies to help plan your next water adventure. Scenic City Safari Shuttles and Outfitters, River Canyon Adventures, or Chattanooga Paddleboards. A little further out on the Hiwassee and for those that want to brave some rapids there's Hiwassee Outfitters or Webb Brothers.

For the watcher of wildlife: Sandhill Crane Cruises on the Tennessee River Gorge Explorer, Chattanooga Zoo Membership, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, Chattanooga Audubon Society, Tennessee Aquarium. 

For the happy hiker: GA State Parks Season Pass to access all the great trails at Cloudland Canyon State Park on Lookout Mountain. 

For the consistent commuter: Gift them with a Bike Chattanooga pass or membership so they can commute around town. 

For the adrenaline junkie: Chattanooga Skydiving Company, Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding, Ruby Falls Zipstream, or Ocoee River Whitewater Rafting Outfitters

If you're set on giving a tangible gift that can be unwrapped, try shopping at a local consignment shop such at Gear Closet or Four Bridges Outfitters.

Did you know that you could support several local non-profits when you shop online at Amazon? All you have to do is pick the charity, go shopping and make your regular purchases through smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to that charity. 

Lastly, you could consider making a donation to any of these local non-profits in your loved one's name and help spread good cheer for conservation all through the year. 
Lookout Mountain Conservancy
Lula Lake Land Trust
TenneSEA - Kids for Clean Water
Tennessee River Gorge Trust
Trust for Public Land

Looking Ahead...Upcoming Events

1         Holiday Open House at the Cravens House
           Paddling by Moonlight
           BouldeRave 8
1-2      The Chattanooga 50 Mile / 100 Mile / 100 Relay
2-3      Mainx24
2         Stillhouse 100K
           Birds of Prey
           Lula Lake Open Gate Day
           Slowest Bike Race
           Light Your Bike Ride
6         Lula Lake Night at Flying Squirrel
8         Bird Banding at the Bird Observatory
9         Deep Brew Sea: Winter Edition
           Pot Point Clean Up with TN River Gorge Trust
10       Christmas at Red Clay
16       Sitton's Gulch Hike @ Cloudland Canyon
           Growing up Wild Workshop
17       Lookout Mountain 50 Miler, 21 Miler, 5K & 10K Trail Race
22       Night Hike @ Cloudland Canyon
25       Merry Christmas
29       Night Hike @ Cloudland Canyon
30       Lula Lake Open Gate Day
31       Chilhowee New Years Eve Ride

1         Happy New Year
           Lula Lake Polar Plunge
           First Day Hikes
15       Chattanooga MLK Day of Service 2018
18       Winter Workshop: Wilderness First Aid Part 1
18-21  Lookout Wild Film Festival 2018
25       Winter Workshop: Wilderness First Aid Part 2
27-28  Wilderness First Aid Certification Course

1         Winter Workshop: Fishing 101
7         Try Archery
8         Winter Workshop: Bikepacking 101
14       Try Archery
15       Winter Workshop: Bike Maintenance 101
21       Try Archery
22       Winter Workshop: Navigate with Map & Compass
28       Try Archery

1         Winter Workshop: How to Plan & Lead a Day Hike
2-4      Chattanooga Marathon
10-18  Chattanooga WFR Certification Course

20       Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga

30       Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga

Lula Lake Land Trust Welcomes New Director Of Development And Communications

Lula Lake Land Trust announced Tuesday that Matthew Hubbard has joined the staff as the director of development and communications. Mr. Hubbard joins Lula Lake after seven years in nonprofit development. He graduated with a B.S. in marketing from Jacksonville State University and holds additional degrees in English and psychology.   As a native of Northeast Alabama, Mr. ... (click for more)

Southern Environmental Law Center Files Lawsuit Against Forest Service

The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, and Knoxville attorney Shelby Ward, on behalf of Heartwood and Tennessee Heartwood, jointly filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday, alleging that the Forest Service is illegally endangering the soil, forests, and waters of the Cherokee National Forest and hiding those risks from the ... (click for more)

City May Make It Easier For Food Trucks To Operate In Chattanooga

The City Council is considering action that would make it easier for food trucks to operate in Chattanooga.  City Attorney Wade Hinton said cities like Austin and Portland have thriving food truck operations and Chattanooga is studying those models. He said, "It's truly an industry there." He said a 2013 food truck ordinance was limited and did not allow food trucks on ... (click for more)

Magistrate Says She Was Fired Because Philyaw Did Not Want To Be Seen With Someone Openly Gay

A former magistrate at Juvenile Court said she was fired because Judge Rob Philyaw and Court Administrator Sam Mairs "wanted me gone because I was openly gay." County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said Elizabeth Gentzler was not the only gay at Juvenile Court and Hamilton County government, indicating that may be part of the county's defense. Attorney Stuart James, representing Ms. ... (click for more)

The Panhandling "Tax" On Gunbarrel

I’ve been reading about the panhandling problem in downtown; it is a huge problem in the Gunbarrel area, too.  It’s commonplace to be accosted by panhandlers when walking from your parked car into a commercial establishment.  And often they are aggressive.  I look carefully around my car before getting out, but sometimes someone will be lurking in between cars and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Meme From The Meanies

Hardly a day goes past that I don’t receive several strings of memes in my incoming emails and yesterday there was one particular collection that gave me pause for thought. First, here’s the definition of a meme: “An Internet meme (/mi?m/ MEEM) is an activity, concept, catchphrase or piece of media which spreads, often as mimicry or for humorous purposes, from person to person via ... (click for more)