Urban Rocks Gym & The Southeastern Climbers Coalition hosts Deep Creek Trail
Date: Wednesday, December 19 @ 15:59:23 CST
Urban Rocks, Southeastern Climbers Coalition, Velo Coffee Roasters, Four Bridges Outfitters, Granola, and REI Team Up for A Day to Work on the Deep Creek Approach Trail
SODDY DAISY, TN - On the morning of Saturday, December 1st, a group of 20-30 climbers gathered in the parking lot of Chattanooga's premier sport climbing destination, Deep Creek. The way too kind Velo Coffee Roasters showed up early and had more than enough coffee on hand for everyone to warm up with as the plans for the day was discussed. Urban Rocks Gym and Higher Ground Rainwater Systems provided tools and pre-planned tasks were eagerly jumped on as the trail day was underway! Salewa Footwear was even there with a demo fleet of hiking/approach shoes for volunteers to experience.
Starting in the parking lot, the leaves were all blown away and parking lines were straightened. Moving through the woods, trash stockpiles were removed from the premises--including a refrigerator! The next series of stairs had a couple of wobbly points that were stabilized for secure trekking, and a few steps were added as well as some general trail maintenance on the last leg as the climber's access trail meets up with the Cumberland Trail.
A few of the more adventurous volunteers followed a chainsaw-wielding Cody Averbeck across the creek and up to the bluff to clear out fallen logs, converting some of them into places to sit, as well as defining the climbers trail that follows the bluff a bit more.
As much that was done, it was obvious we had earned our lunch, but Deep Creek remains in need of a few projects still to create an easy approach to all sectors. The SCC procured a healthy lunch for the volunteers as we raffled off prizes including a 1 month membership to Urban Rocks Gym, $30 gift card to Four Bridges Outfitters, an amazing Granola handmade backpack and chalkbags, as well as many other prizes to ensure no one left empty handed.
After lunch, some had to leave, but some of us stuck around for an amazing day of craggin! A good day was had by all, and the community has once again proved how well we work together to give back to the natural areas that make the southeast what it is today.
Urban Rocks would like to thank all who came out to lend a hand or two, as well as Mike Wurzel and the Southeastern Climbers Coalition (seclimbers.org) for helping organize this trail day and trail building prowess, Beckett Honicker of Higher Ground Rainwater Systems (hg-rainwater.com), Andrew Gage of Velo Coffee Roasters (velocoffee.com), Lynn Bartoletti of Four Bridges Outfitters (315 N. Market St., Chattanooga), Connor and Kelsey Scott of Granola Handmade Handmade Bags (available at Four Bridges Outfitters), and Chaz Warren and Salewa Footwear for helping make this trail day a great success!
Also, a big thanks to local photographer, Chris Brundige, for dropping by and capturing images of the day.
Visit seclimbers.org to see how you can become a member of the Southeastern Climbers Coalition or to find out about the next trail day in your area!
# of volunteers = 30
# of hours = 5
Total volunteer hours = 150
Total dollars spent = $350 (food/prizes)
Total dollars raised = $150 (Raffle and T-shirt sale)
Note: Thanks goes out to REI and Urban Rocks for supporting this Trail Day!