Triple Crown Bouldering Series

Triple Crown Bouldering Series

The Triple Crown Bouldering Series is the annual celebration of bouldering culture in the Southeast!  The pebble wrestling competitions are the main events, but the pad stacking competition is at least as much fun!

The first stop on the 2015 tour is Hound Ears near Boone, NC, on October 3rd; then it’s on to Stone Fort in Chattanooga, TN, on October 17th; and the tour comes to an end at Horse Pens 40 in Steele, AL, on November 21st.

The mission of Triple Crown is to raise money for the Southeastern Climbers Coalition and the Carolina Climbers Coalition.  These organizations are hard at work securing access to the boulders around the Southeast, and promoting good climbing culture.

You can read more, and even register, at TCBS website.

You can also watch this award-winning video produced by our friend, Cory Brewster from Home Brew Productions, to really get a feel for this awesome event series!

Mountain Project

Mountain Project

Mountain Project is an essential resource for planning a climbing trip, and it’s just a great site to explore. Climbers have compiled routes, ratings, beta descriptions and images of most all the routes out there, and the site is updated regularly to include variables like weather or changes in terrain. It’s a must for your browser’s quick click bar!
In addition to the website, there is an app for iPhone and Android that allows users to download information on specific areas so they can access it without online access.
Finally, just for fun, check out Mountain Project’s latest creation – an interactive map that shows the location of all the climbing across the country, separated by style, or not!
Save Forever Wild

Save Forever Wild

Alabama’s outdoor community came together this week in support of Forever Wild, and in defense of wilderness, and scored a major political victory.
Legislation passed the Senate this past week that would have shifted funds from Forever Wild to Alabama’s State Parks, prohibiting Forever Wild from purchasing any new properties and effectively crippling the program. In 2012 Alabamians voted overwhelmingly in favor of extending the Forever Wild program for an other 20 years, and since the conservation community was paying attention to the political process, that motion stands, at least until we have to defend it again against our own politicians.
Seeing it all play out in the media and social media was quite inspiring, with various organizations sharing Forever Wild’s story through their channels and individuals contacting politicians to let their voices be heard. AL.com reported that over 900 messages came through to legislators, and as of this moment Sen. Clay Scofield (R-Arab) withdrew his support for the bill he drafted.
There are many lessons to be learned from this story, and it is a victory worth celebrating. So get out there. Run your trail. Ride your bike. Paddle your board. Swim. Climb. Soar.

Reference AL.com article.

First Annual Birmingham Corporate Challenge

First Annual Birmingham Corporate Challenge

Railroad Park was in wide open sports celebration mode on Saturday, August 1st, for the First Annual Birmingham Corporate Challenge!

Scores of organizations, including Innovation Depot, Alabama Media Group and Blue Cross Blue Shield, assembled teams to compete in a 5k, an obstacle course, tug’o’war and much more.  The climbing wall challenge was a race to the top where a team chose two members whose times were combined for a single score.  The weather was perfect and families came out to support their teams!

Jace Brewster from Team Atlas set a new speed record for a single route on the climbing wall, beasting up 18′ in 4.3 seconds!  Final results for all teams will be posted Thursday, and there are a number of teams whose combined scores put them in close competition!

Follow @bhamcorpchallenge on Twitter and Instagram for images and updates.  We’ll share the team scores when we see them!

Tentsile Tree Camping

Tentsile Tree Camping

Every once in a while you see something that truly engages your imagination; and when we first laid eyes on the Tentsile Stingray, we knew we had to have one!

Tentsile has created an incredible range of products that elevate the camping experience.  These tents are suspended between three points of contact creating a hammock shelter for three folks to sleep under the stars in style!

Idlewild is currently featuring the Stingray, Tensile’s most versatile model!  We can set it up in your backyard for an overnighter, or hike it way into the woods as a basecamp for your extended adventure.  We also have the Trillium hammock to expand the Stingray into a treehouse that sleeps up to nine folks!

We’ll be searching for the sweetest set-ups around Birmingham this summer, so stay tuned!  We’re stoked about this project, and we are currently working on a deal to offer this experience at Oak Mountain State Park as early as August!

TBT: Idlewild Blog

TBT: Idlewild Blog

The Idlewild blog is relaunching as the Idlewild Times! We have some exciting updates on the second half of 2015, and we will be sharing:
  • The Alabama State Park network has invited us to design adventures especially for our parks! Idlewild will be leading trips and teaching courses at a number of state parks throughout the summer and fall. Keep an eye on the calendar for more details!
  • The Tentsile tree tent camping experience has arrived! Idlewild is now offering a Tentsile rental program that includes delivery, set up, orientation and take down! This program is available for campouts in the backyard or expeditions in the backcountry!
  • Home Brew Productions is on board with Idlewild, and we’ve added optional media packages to our guided climbing, backpacking and tree tent camping experiences!
In addition to the Idlewild Times, you can follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Thanks for your support!
Greenbelly: Complete Meal On-The-Go

Greenbelly: Complete Meal On-The-Go

It’s easy to burn thousands of calories hiking, biking, running, climbing and doing what we do outside, and trail mix only goes so far. That’s where Greenbelly comes in.

One Greenbelly meal bar packs 33% of the calories, carbs, fats, fiber and protein you need for the day into one delicious bar. Yep. Nutritious AND delicious!

There a lot great things we could say about Greenbelly, but their Kickstarter campaign is THE BEST way to get introduces to the company, the wonderful things they are doing for the world, and the absolute best adventure fuel option on the planet!

Be sure to check out their Kickstarter campaign, it’s day one and they are halfway to funded!

Steele, AL

Steele, AL

Now is the time to climb at Steele. When it warms up, the chiggers and poison ivy will return in full force. It’s miserable in the summer, but until then, it’s brilliant!

There are directions in the Dixie Cragger’s Atlas, and online at MountainProject.com. The SCC owns the property, including the parking lot and the approach trail.

Steele is ideal for trad climbing. There’s some sport out there, and there are some great routes, but most of what’s out there is naked rock. If you want to learn to place gear, or to lead, Steele is the perfect place.

Graham’s Crack is a great route, and it’s right at the top of the approach trail. A little further down the cliff line, the Amphitheater houses some of the finest lines at Steele, including Bird’s Nest Crack and Monopoly. There’s a lot of history out there, and you’ll find it on routes like Stories. You are likely to have some stories of your own after a day out at Steele.

If you’re accustomed to climbing at Palisades Park and Sand Rock, Steele may feel a little rough. It will, actually. It has an approach trail, and there is no easy access to the top, unlike the aforementioned crags. Someone is going to have to take the sharp end, and that someone had better know how to build anchors, because not every climb out there has easy mode anchors at the top.

Get your gear together, get yourself a partner and get out there while it’s still cold.

Got Beta?

Got Beta?

One of the first bits of climbing lingo that newcomers to the scene are likely to hear is beta. Beta is essential information about a climb. It can refer to a specific sequence of moves that navigate a boulder problem, the secret heel hook that unlocks the crux of a sport route or even the recommendation of a guidebook to use a seventy meter (70m) rope where a sixty meter (60m) rope would come up short of a comfortable belay ledge on a multi-pitch traditional line.

The origin of beta as a climbing term dates back to the days of beta tapes, the predecessor of VHS tapes (which, for you young’uns, was the predecessor of DVDs). Climbers watched beta tapes to learn all they could about a climb from someone who had climbed it, or tried to.

Heads up — some climbers, boulderers, especially, like to figure out the beta on their own. Rock climbing is a problem-solving experience, after all.

TBT: Red Mountain Park

TBT: Red Mountain Park

In the first phase of development at Red Mountain Park, far before the addition of the Hugh Kaul Beanstalk Forest or the Kaul Adventure Tower, there were only fresh trails leading through the forest to the brand new Red Ore Zip Tour. It was in those days that the fine folks of Red Mountain Park invited us out with the mobile rock climbing wall to inspire kids and their families to get outside and play together. Since then, some amazing things have happened at Red Mountain Park, and with Idlewild Adventure Company, and so here we are on Throwback Thursday with an image of the climbing wall standing tall in what is now the entrance to Remy’s Dog Park. Cheers to the past, present and future!