Monthly Archives: September 2014

“Come Climb With @ThatOutdoorGuy” – An Exciting New Event at High Point Climbing

What do you get when you combine the South’s premier indoor climbing center, an iconic outdoor adventurer, a world-renowned adventure gear company, and five of the coolest Chattanooga-based, adventure-related companies ever? One of the most exciting new events in recent years, that’s what!

#ComeClimbWithThatOutdoorGuy is the kind of collaborative effort that not only strengthens the camaraderie of those involved, but also serves as a springboard for special activities and events that introduce people to fun new things they may never have tried before.

My friends, and partners, at High Point Climbing and Fitness were on board from Day 1 to hosting my idea, and have provided great encouragement, support, and ideas throughout the process. Every other local company involved—and Teton Sports, headquartered in Salt Lake City, and longtime friend, and partner of mine—jumped on board with equal enthusiasm, and the planning began with a jolt of energy.

Beginning in October, and running through February 2015, the “Come Climb With @ThatOutdoorGuy” events will feature the 31,000 square feet of climbing/bouldering surface area at High Point, but will also include loads of door prizes, a major raffle prize package—with the raffle proceeds benefitting our friends at the Southeastern Climber’s Coalition—and so many exciting contests that listing them will take up too much space. Door prize tickets will be given to everyone who climbs during the events, and raffle tickets will be available each night through the SCC.

Let me introduce you to those involved, and encourage you to check out what they offer, in way of adventure gear, apparel, training, and accommodations, and I will do so in the order of the night they will host.

I am proud to announce that my own company, Outdoor Adventure Training (The O.A.T), will team up with the awesome folks at Teton Sports, and kick off the series on Saturday, October 18, between 5 and 8 at High Point. This pairing makes perfect sense, since our partnership goes back almost to the beginning of The O.A.T., and our mutual focus has been to work together to help people become more active, outdoors AND indoors. Teton Sports is the “Official Adventure Gear Supplier of The O.A.T.”, and recently paid me a very high honor by selecting me as a member of their inaugural Mountain Adventurers team.

My friends and partners at Granola Products will be hosting the next event, on Saturday, November 8th, piggybacking on the buzz of the Triple Crown of Bouldering events held here in Chattanooga in late October. The Scott Brothers, or Granola Brothers as I refer to them, are a tandem force of creative energy, who you’ll want to meet. Their products are all made here locally in their new micro-manufacturing facility. Granola is the “Official Chalk Bag Provider of @ThatOutdoorGuy”.

Next come my friends at the High Point Climbing School, who have recently been teaching me the finer details of climbing. Wills Young and Lisa Rands are the owners of High Point Climbing School, and are among the finest, most experienced climbing instructors, trainers, and coaches of all things climbing in the Southeast, and we are so excited to have them sponsor a special night. Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 20th, and come out to meet them in person. If you’ve always wanted to learn to climb, you’ll want to purchase several raffle tickets to improve your chances of winning the raffle package of coaching sessions Wills and Lisa will be giving away.

If you’ve been in a Rock/Creek store lately, you’ve probably seen the great collection of #madeforadventure shirts from our next monthly sponsor, my friends and partners at Luwazo. Headed up by another team of brothers, Luwazo shirts are also produced here locally, which brings more and more value to the Chattanooga area outdoor adventure scene. Their special night is Saturday, January 24, 2015, which should be a perfect time for many of you to adventure indoors. Luwazo is the “Official Adventure Shirt Company of @ThatOutdoorGuy”. I guarantee you that I’d love to win the raffle package they’re giving away!

And, last, but certainly NOT least, are my newest friends, the outstanding staff and at The Crash Pad. Located on the ever-changing, constantly-improving Southside of Chattanooga, The Crash Pad is among the most unique, most affordable, cleanest, coolest hostels to be found anywhere on any continent, and is currently the only LEED Platinum certified hostel in the world. Their special night is Saturday, February 7th.

And there you have it, the first series of what we expect to be many, many through the years ahead. If you’d like to become a sponsor, or want more information about this exciting series, feel free to contact me at [email protected], or 423-987-9628.

Teton Sports and The O.A.T. – Sat. Oct. 18th

Granola – Sat. November 8th

High Point Climbing School – Sat. Dec. 20th

Luwazo – Sat. January 24th, 2015

The Crash Pad – Sat. February 7th


Brews Over Broad – Rooftop Hop

High Point Climbing is hosting Brews Over Broad which is part of the Rooftop Hop put on by green|spaces. Enjoy local food, beverages, entertainment and more on the outdoor platforms before heading up to the main event, just above them.

Date/Time: October 11 from 4:30pm – 7:30pm

Your ticket purchase supports the work of green|spaces – promoting sustainable living, working and building in Chattanooga through education, partnership and special projects.

For more information about green|spaces, visit


Brews Over Broad

Adaptive Climbing Clinic

High Point Climbing And Fitness is hosting an Adaptive Climbing Clinic on October 16.  This event is free for adaptive climbers.  Volunteers can register by calling the front desk at 423-602-7625. Come experience what climbing and helping others is all about in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee.Adaptive Climber

Chatt Town Throw Down – Round 2 and Overall Results

The Chatt Town Throw Down was a huge success! Thanks to Tennessee Bouldering Authority for hosting Round 1, and thanks to all the sponsors – Rock/Creek, Element Climbing, L2 Boards, Granola, Metolius, Velo Coffee, Five Ten, The North Face, La Sportiva, BlueWater, Evolv, Black Diamond, Sanuk, and Mellow Mushroom. If you have any questions or comments please email us at [email protected] Photos and videos will be posted soon. Start getting ready for next year’s competition, it’s going to be bigger and better!


High Point Climbing School: World Class Training at a World Class Facility

If you’ve ever considered learning the ropes—pun intended—about all things climbing, you’ll be excited to know that the High Point Climbing School provides instruction for every level, from beginners to professional climbers, with their specialty being elite-level coaching.

Let me introduce you to the highly skilled experts who own and run the program, husband and wife team, Wills Young and Lisa Rands.
Wills, born in California to British parents, began climbing over 35 years ago in England, after first being introduced to the sport by some of his high school teachers. He was immediately hooked, and his interest grew along with his participation. While attending the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland, Wills expanded his climbing horizons to the more adventurous routes in the mountains of Scotland.

After college, Wills moved to Southern California and started developing new bouldering areas, quickly becoming one of the pioneers of the bouldering explosion in SoCal. At the same time, he began writing for several rock climbing magazines as a freelance writer, sharing his personal excitement about climbing in general, and also from the perspective of being a central figure in the bouldering movement. It was this enthusiasm, and notoriety that lead to a move to Colorado as Senior Associate Editor at Climbing magazine (then, in the early days of the internet, a very profitable magazine and every climbers’ go-to source for news and info).

During his time in SoCal, Wills had met a very promising young climber, who would later become his wife, and co-owner of the High Point Climbing School, Lisa Rands. In less than two years of coaching under the Wills’ skilled tutelage, Lisa won the Open National Bouldering Championship, and went on to win several more professional-level international competitions.

Wills and Lisa quit their jobs in Colorado and moved back to California, where Wills devoted himself to freelance writing for the climbing industry and to fixing up their craftsman bungalow. Wills also utilized his photography skills to capture the beauty and power of climbing and bouldering, while Lisa focused on her professional climbing career. As if they weren’t busy enough, Wills wrote a comprehensive guidebook entitled, Bishop Bouldering, which became the quintessential reference to the bouldering community in California and beyond, while Lisa traveled the world as a The North Face®-sponsored athlete, training hard, competing occasionally, and teaching climbing classes.

Fast-forward 14 years, and after numerous trips to the Southeastern United States, especially the climbing mecca of Chattanooga, and having made many great friends and falling in love with the city, Wills and Lisa made the decision to start a new life and business here in the Scenic Center of the South. They partnered with a group that would become High Point Climbing and Fitness, during the planning stages. Their vision was to build a world class climbing school at what would become a world class climbing facility. After less than a year in operation, they have cemented their position in Chattanooga’s world-renowned outdoor adventure culture and community, as the premier climbing instructors and owners of the number one climbing school and service in the tri-state area.

At this point, it makes sense to direct you to the very informative climbing school info found on the High Point Climbing and Fitness website: By clicking on the drop-down menu, you will find information regarding: General Info, Intro Classes, Intermediate & Advanced, Clubs & Teams, Personal (Private) Coaching, and Guide/Specialty. As you’re looking through all the interesting options available to you, remember that elite-level coaching—from “7 to 107”, says Wills—is their specialty.

Wills can be reached directly at (760) 920-5348, or you can reach him at (423) 602-7625.