March 13, 2011 - Rock Climbing at Foster Falls, Tennessee

17 March 2011 12:25 AM CDT

This past Sunday Laura and I joined some friends for a rock climbing adventure. I’m not exactly an expert at rock climbing. Ok, you got me, I’ve never been rock climbing and the thought of it kinda freaks me out. But, that didn’t stop me from at least accepting the adventurous invitation. Plus, it was a great opportunity to bring the dogs and enjoy some quality time with mother nature.

We went to a place called Foster Falls, which is about 40 miles northwest of Chattanooga. The park is named for the 60 foot waterfall where the Little Gizzard Creek falls over the edge of the Cumberland Plateau. I’ll include a couple pictures I took with my iPhone - it was beautiful.

Here’s a Google Map of exactly where we were. The trail starts where we parked the car and includes our 1.8 mile hike to our climbing location. If you zoom in near the very beginning, you can see a large pool of water where the falls are.

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Here’s an immersive panoramic image from one of the locations where our group did some rock climbing. I wish I could say I was brave enough to climb, but, alas, I never climbed. My role was that of photographer and chief dog handler for the afternoon. Oh, and designated driver (everyone was very, very sleepy by the end of the day).

2011 03-13 Rock Climbing at Foster Falls in USA

Finally, here’s a little gallery of images taken with my iPhone. This gallery includes pictures of Foster Falls as well as pictures taken from some of the actual climbing routes.

I also took a bunch of pictures with my Canon 5D. I’ll post those later after I’ve had a chance to pour over them and pick the winners.

All in all, it was a winning day. I had a blast, Vincent and Carmine had the literal time of their lives, and Laura won the big trophy for actually climbing the rock wall. Oh, and to top it all off, at the end of the day we celebrated at El Tapatio with numerous cervezas and mass quantities of delicious Mexican cuisine. It was awesome!

Special shout out and thank you to Wes and Laura Beth - thanks for the invite!