A weekly list of upcoming outdoors events in the Chattanooga area; to submit an event, write to email@example.com.
Soddy-Daisy chapter of Tennessee Trails Association hikes: Saturday, Lookout Mountain from Garden Road parking area to Jackson Gap & back, moderately strenuous 9.1 miles (meet at 8:30 a.m. at large Brown's Ferry Road parking lot behind La Quinta Inn; call Tammy Hendrick at 315-949-8187); Tuesday, Forestry Cabin/Dotson Point loop section of Sewanee Perimeter Trail, easy 4.5 miles along the bluff (meet at 8:30 a.m. at Brown's Ferry lot; contact Roy or Marti Owensby at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-0579); Dec. 14, Oswald Dome Trail, moderately strenuous 7.6 miles (meet at 8:30 a.m. at Food City in Ooltewah; call John Politte at 304-8327); Dec. 17, Turtletown Falls just north of Ducktown, easy to moderate 3-4-mile loop trail in Cherokee National Forest, with 2 waterfalls (meet at 8:30 a.m. at Food City in Ooltewah; call Sue Christensen or Gloria Nelson at 645-9008.
Interscholastic Climbing League: Saturday, High Point Riverside, & Dec. 14, Tenn. Bouldering Authority; 2nd & 3rd of 6 meets at 3 local indoor climbing gyms for grades 6-12 teams. Email email@example.com or call 643-6888.
Rapid Learning intro to kayak & skills practice: Tuesday & Jan. 14, 7-8 or 8-9 p.m. (pick the time slot), Hulsey Wellness Center at Southern Adventist University; $2 cash for pool use; family-friendly for ages 8-up; $75 for individual year's membership, $125 for family; first-timers free; equipment provided, reservations not required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 643-6888.
Local Tennessee Ornithological Society meeting: Dec. 12, 7 p.m., Ascension Lutheran Church, 720 S. Germantown Road. Contact David Stone at email@example.com or 413-7033.
Cumberland Trail hiking series: Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; guided, moderately strenuous 4-7 miles, 1 way (shuttle provided), free but advance registration required through firstname.lastname@example.org or 643-6888.
Chattanooga Bicycle Club meeting: Dec. 16, 6-7 p.m., Outdoor Chattanooga, Coolidge Park; for recreational cyclists.
Nashville Boat Show: Jan. 9-12, Music City Center; 2-9 p.m. CST Thursday, noon-9 Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; activities include new "Hawg Trough," a 40-foot-long, 5,000-gallon stocked fish tank for fishing demonstrations; $12 for adults, ages 12-younger free. See www.NashvilleBoatShow.com.
Wild Trails 200 Mile Club: Encourages improved fitness; cover 200 miles in three months under one's own power, whether by running, biking, swimming, paddling, walking or other aerobic activities. Anyone interested can start at any time by registering at wildtrails.org/200-mile-club and recording his or her progress there. Getting to 200 makes one a member, and the membership card secures discounts at a variety of places. Club activities include a campout, barbecue and 15k/5k trail races every three months at Lula Lake Land Trust.