Chattanooga climbing and fire?


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Amir erez · · Boulder, CO · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 0

Hi everyone,

I'm wondering if Chattanooga crags like foster falls and t-wall have been affected by the fire? We have a trip planned next week. Thanks for any info you can provide.

eli poss · · Durango, Co · Joined May 2014 · Points: 136

potentially T-wall, definitely not FF. Anywhere relatively close to signal mountain is gonna be affected.

Daniel H. Bryant · · Colorado Springs, CO · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 145

Saw a posting from a friend and a place called Mowbry mountain was also affected, there is a place called leda there that is a fun place. No bueno.

Pocket Lobster · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 0

Fiery Gizzard trail at Fosters is closed from a different fire. Fosters might be pretty smoky, but some friends were climbing there last weekend.

Amir erez · · Boulder, CO · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 0

Thanks for the reply. Are there other climbing area with a few hours of Chattanooga that would not be affected and be climbable at this time of year. Trying to decide if we are going to cancel our Thanksgiving trip.

Thanks for any info you can provide.

eli poss · · Durango, Co · Joined May 2014 · Points: 136

knoxville area, potentially west NC, Mount yonah in GA

webdog · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2009 · Points: 0

Alabama is probably your best bet. Sandrock, Jamestown, LRC.

BrendanN · · Atlanta, GA · Joined Dec 2015 · Points: 159

Can confirm Yonah was fine last weekend, a bit hazy from the smoke but otherwise people were camping and climbing just fine. They do have a burn ban in place, and will also at places such as Sand Rock, if you are planning on camping make sure you have a stove

waldo · · Knoxville, TN · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 0

Knoxville and surrounding areas are currently in an air quality alert due to the fires. Check the local weather before you head out, that may give you an idea of what it's like.

Carol Hauspurg · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2016 · Points: 0

Leda is closed due to the wildfires.

Ryanb. · · Chatt or WA · Joined Mar 2014 · Points: 0

Twall is still smoke free

Amir erez · · Boulder, CO · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 0

Ryanb,

Does that mean that T-wall climbing is open at this point?

Thanks.

Ryanb. · · Chatt or WA · Joined Mar 2014 · Points: 0

Twall is open for climbing, yes. It's getting pretty smoky now though

Amir erez · · Boulder, CO · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 0

Thanks Ryanb. We will check again this Thursday to see the status and then make our final call. Appreciate the Info!

Blake Cash · · Chattanooga, TN · Joined May 2007 · Points: 135

Climbed up in Prentice Cooper a few days last week and Saturday. Periods of OK and others of very smokey. If you can handle the smoke smell and effects on breathing...you're fine. All of those areas (Twall and PC crags) are open until the thanksgiving hunt dates next week.

Climbed at Denny yesterday and while it was very smokey in the valley...we drove above the smoke line and it was "relatively" clear up on top. I'm assuming Fosters was similar.

The only "closed" areas right now are Deep Creek, Leda and LRC (technically not "closed" but they advise wearing a mask...to me that's closed).

This can all change though with wind direction. Saying FF is totally fine is misleading. There are fires in Sequatchie too.

Good luck.

John Paul Floyd · · Atlanta · Joined Nov 2013 · Points: 5

We went to sunset on Sunday, and it was very smokey. I didnt realize just how bad until getting home and feeling the burn in my eyes and throat. its a pretty sad situation.

eli poss · · Durango, Co · Joined May 2014 · Points: 136

I'm surprised that the fires in sequatchie haven't lit up a few meth labs by now

Lotapowder · · Sandy · Joined Oct 2007 · Points: 185

Any update on the status of Deep Creek?

Blake Cash · · Chattanooga, TN · Joined May 2007 · Points: 135
Lotapowder wrote:Any update on the status of Deep Creek?
Still closed.
Amir erez · · Boulder, CO · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 0

Ok...Last request for updates to climbing in the Chattanooga area. Should I make the trip down from Colorado or postpone? I would love to climb at T-wall and Foster Falls, but if it's too smokey and unpleasant, it may not be worth it. Thanks to anyone that can aid in my decision.

Jordan Mitchell · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 40

https://weather.com/news/weather/news/southeast-air-quality-smoke-wildfires-nov2016

Amir you need to make this decision yourself. We don't know your tolerance for the degraded air quality. There is no rain in the forecast and new fires are popping up every day. Conditions are not improving. Crags can be closed at any moment. It's a giant tinder box down here as someone else said. Climbers that do get out will all be going to the few places that will be open, so you might anticipate much higher traffic.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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