Conservation Team Tours Tennessee

Date: 4/13/2012

The Conservation Team just wrapped up a tour of Tennessee, working alongside the Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) at T-Wall and Leda, outside of Chattanooga.

The base of the popular T-Wall cliff was showing signs of heavy impact—the access trail led directly below the main staging area and climbers were cutting across the slope, exposing tree roots and causing severe erosion. The Conservation Team worked with volunteers to build a retaining wall to prevent further damage to the base and staging areas. The team’s new grip hoist allowed them to maneuver some gigantic rocks. The wall will also protect the trees, which provide much needed shade.

From T-Wall, the team headed out to Leda, where the SCC and its volunteers were out in full force for an Adopt a Crag onApril 7th. The Conservation Team worked with over 30 volunteers to install stairs and build a small footbridge over a drainage along the access trail to help prevent the trail from washing away.

The steps were constructed alongside a popular climbing spot, as large platforms to replace several small, inadequate steps. These new steps will provide a solid means of moving between staging areas and slow erosion concerns.

The team also made a stop at Climb Nashville and hosted a climb-a-thon to rally local support. After quick site visits at Deep Creek and Obed to identify future projects, the team was off to Alabama for projects at Steele and Moss Rock.

Thanks again to the SCC and all the great volunteers for their hard work and contributions to these climbing areas!