A weekly list of upcoming outdoors events in the Chattanooga area; to submit an event, write to

Soddy-Daisy chapter of Tennessee Trails Association hikes: Saturday, 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); Dec. 28, moderate 5.5 miles to Small Wilds campsite & back via climber's loop (meet at 8:30 a.m. at Food City in Red Bank; call Tom McElhone at 805-208-4654).

Interscholastic Climbing League: Saturday, Tennessee Bouldering Authority; third of six meets at three local indoor climbing gyms for grades 6-12 teams. Email or call 643-6888.

Cumberland Trail hiking series: Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; guided, moderately strenuous 4 miles, one way (shuttle provided), free but advance registration required through info@outdoor or 643-6888.

Chattanooga Bicycle Club meeting: Monday, 6-7 p.m., Outdoor Chattanooga, Coolidge Park; for recreational cyclists.

Lookout Mountain Trail Races: Dec. 21, from Covenant College, 7:30 a.m. for 50- and 18-mile options, 8 a.m. for 10k; part of Wild Trails Race Series; $105, $65 & $45 until Dec. 13, then add $10. See

Wauhatchie Trail Race: Dec. 21, Reflection Riding, staggered start by gender & age group, beginning with females 80-older at 9:30 a.m., males 25-29 last group at 10:15; first person to finish wins; hilly 6.7 miles on lower slopes of Lookout Mountain; each participant urged to recycle an item for the prize table (doesn't have to be running-related). See

Chattanooga Ski Club meeting: Jan. 7, 7 p.m., Enclave subdivision clubhouse, 950 Channel View Lane; discussions of the winter ski race season at resorts in North Carolina & West Virginia as well as upcoming snow ski/board trips to Colorado, Utah, Banff (Canada) & Switzerland/Scotland. See

Outdoor Chattanooga winter workshops: Wednesdays Jan. 8 (Wayfinding with Map & Compass) through Feb. 19, 6:30-8 p.m., OC center, Coolidge Park; free, all ages, reservations not needed. Email info@outdoorchat or call 643-6888.

Local Tennessee Ornithological Society meeting: Jan. 9, 7 p.m., Ascension Lutheran Church, 720 S. Germantown Road. Contact David Stone at or 413-7033.

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.NashvilleBoat

Rapid Learning intro to kayak & skills practice: 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 or call 643-6888.

Compiled by Ron Bush. Contact him at or 423-757-6291.