Join the Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team and the Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) for a climbing stewardship workshop at newly acquired areas in Southeast Tennessee – Hell’s Kitchen and Dogwood Boulders. This event will provide you with a set of tools to evaluate and mitigate impacts to conserve the entire climbing system.
Participants choose sessions on 1) Introductory Fundamentals or 2) Advanced Technicals Skills (prior experience in trail design or climbing area conservation strongly recommended). These sesisons are designed to meet you where you’re at – whether you are new to conservation work in climbing areas, have volunteered on multiple trail days or attended workshops in the past, we hope you will find the workshops engaging, meaningful, and practical.
Where: Chattanooga, TN & Dayton, TN
When: Friday, October 19 to Sunday, October 21, 2018
Here’s a glimpse of the overall schedule:
Friday, October 19; 6-9 PM: Welcome & Introductions.
Location: TBA – Tennessee Bouldering Authority
Meet, greet & climb! Get to know fellow advocates and discuss what it takes to be a rock star of climbing area stewardship.
Saturday, October 20; 8 AM – 4 PM: Tools of the Trade.
Location: Dogwood & Hell’s Kitchen
Fundamentals of climbing area conservation OR Advanced technical rock skills
Track 1: Fundamentals. Identify & assess climbing area impacts, bouldering specific conservation, trail design, construction & planning.
Track 2: Advanced Technical Skills. Learn equipment, set-up and safety for moving, splitting and shaping large rocks for technical structures.
Saturday night PARTY & Campout! 6-10 PM: Open to the public. Keg party at the Dogwood Barn to celebrate Hell’s Kitchen & Dogwood West acquisition. Hang out, play climbing games then camp on site! Invite your friends!
Sunday, October 21; 8 AM – 4PM: Putting it in Action. (TRAIL DAY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)
Location: Dogwood & Hell’s Kitchen
Apply best practices of climber access improvement and natural resource protection.
Track 1: Fundamentals. Adopt a Crag at Hell’s Kitchen – new trail construction, crew leading for conservation work with volunteers.
Track 2: Advanced Technical Skills. Adopt a Crag at Dogwood West Access – staircase construction, crew leading for technical work with volunteers.
Please register ASAP as space is limited.
Details: This is a FREE workshop, participants are responsible for their own travel, food, other expenses. Free camping is provided at the Access Fund – SCC property Dogwood West. Participants should plan on bringing backpack, water, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, and weather appropriate clothing as well as camping supplies. Optional to bring personal work gloves and climbing equipment (for post-work climbing). Field days will be spent away from vehicles so lunches should be pre-packed. Stay tuned as we are working on food and beverage support for the weekend.
More info: Participants will gain knowledge and national context in: climbing area stewardship, climbing trends, assessing conditions at climbing areas, understanding climbers as a unique user group, developing and implementing resource protection plans, management decision making, bouldering specificl climbing conservation, and working with volunteers. Field sessions will highlight specific construction techniques & skills, visualizing climbing use patterns, local area considerations, controlling user flow, water dispersion and actually getting dirty.
For additional information, please contact Conservation Team National (Andrea and Annabelle) at firstname.lastname@example.org or (719)502-1123