Echols Dorm: Brick Wall By Side Door
The Obed is located near Knoxville, TN, and is a major climbing area created by the eroding effects of a river on Cumberland Plateau sandstone. If that sounds familiar, it is because this is also how the New River Gorge and Red River Gorge were formed, and the Obed is of similarly high quality.
Expect sloper, jugs, and massive roofs (like, 40 feet of horizontal climbing once you hit 5.12. Click for an image: http://mountainproject.com/images/48/23/105914823_large_8c6cab.jpg). We’ll be looking to mostly hit 10s and up at Tierrany Roofs, Solstice Cave, Stephen King Library, Image Wall. Feel free to explore more on Mountain Project: http://mountainproject.com/v/tennessee/obed__clear_creek/105891970
The current weather forecast is sunny and highs of low-70s and lows of low-50s.
MINIMUM TRIP REQUIREMENTS:
-Ability to tie in and top-rope belay
-Climb 5.10 cleanly on top-rope
-Ask me if you are unsure
There are two departure times:
-10/20 (Wed) at 5pm
-10/21 (Thur) at 5pm (subject to change)
The drive is approximately 7.5 hours each way. We are climbing Thur -Sun early afternoon. We will get back at a reasonable hour on Sunday but I cannot guarantee any specific time.
-We will be cooking all meals. Club pays for the food.
-You are responsible for all the meals on the road
-Camping will be at Frozen Head campground (fees covered by the club) with hot showers and running water
Priorities are given to the following members:
-Able to lead climb and/or lead belay
Please do NOT sign up for this trip unless:
-You are at least 75% sure
-You can make either of the departure times above
-Or arrange a special departure time with me
-Can attend the entire trip
-Gas reimbursement or ride in a car
-Climbing gear (ropes, draws)
-Personal climbing gear if needed (harness, shoes, belay device, chalk bag)
-*Check out personal camping/climbing gear on your own before the trip
-Personal climbing gear if you have it (Don’t forget chalk)
-Weather appropriate clothes + gloves, hats, etc
-Camping gear if you have it
-Entertainments unless you are easily amused (For some of you this means textbooks)
-$$ for meals on the two 7.5 hour car rides
-$$ for extra things that you may want (souvenirs, entertainment, snacks, etc)
-Good climbing karma
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