Okay, those aren’t exactly the lyrics, but that is where I will be going in a couple of weeks. My good friend Nick and I are driving down I-75 from Bowling Green, Ohio to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ever notice how many double letters are in that name???
Our new found indoor wall climbing addiction is what lead us to pick this location. That and the fact that we have never been to this part of the country. True we have done all of our climbing to date on fake rock, but we are hoping that the weather holds out so we can do some Southern Outdoor Bouldering. Right now it’s pretty cold in TN (42°F), so we may have to go souther :)
Triple Crown Bouldering
Chattanooga is one of the homes of the Triple Crown Bouldering Series. It’s a rock climbing event hosted by Southeastern Climbers’ Coalition and The Carolina Climbers’ Coalition. It takes place in 3 locations within 3 months - Hound Ears in Boone, NC, Horse Pens-40 in Steele, AL, and then Stone Fort in Chattanooga, TN. We will be missing the event by 2 weeks, but we hope to meet some awesome people and experience bouldering on real rock for the 1st time.
I just got some new 5.10 VMILE climbing shoes in the mail today, and I’m going to break them in on Sunday at the wall. Actually I’m wearing them right now! They are pretty tight, but bearable, so hopefully they will break in just right. It’s scary buying climbing shoes online without being able to try them on. But there is no one that sells them near me. A shame, I say!
We are also looking for some used crash pads. Most of them are really expensive brand new, so if you know anyone that has one or two, let me know ASAP!
Our plans are pretty loose (I’m holding back from quoting The Office). If everything works out as planned, we are leaving Wednesday, December 16th. First up, we are considering hitting up Urban Krag, a climbing gym in Dayton, Ohio. It looks amazing! It’s built in a renovated church and blows away the wall at BGSU in terms of size. We want to scope it out for some future weekends of climbing, and get our blood flowing before the long push south.
Next we are going to continue down I-75 all the way to Chattanooga. Along the way we may stop to see some sites and grab some food. We will keep our eyes and iPhones open for exciting side trips.
Once in Chattanooga we will be looking for bouldering locations and people to climb with / interview. We’re keeping our fingers crossed and hoping that we get some sunny 60 degree weather! If we can’t make it outside we have two options: Climb at some of the great indoor facilities in Chattanooga, or drive south into Georgia or Alabama to find better weather and dry rocks.
Either way it should be an adventure. As always I will send you photos, video, and posts along the way. If there is anything you want to know about climbing or the locations, let me know by commenting or tweeting me here. If I don’t know the answer, I will find someone in Chattanooga that does!