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Backbone Rock Rappel/Climbing and Picnic (With all new equipment)

I will be stopping briefly at the CPA at 10AM to guide anyone there who wants to caravan and/or carpool.  I will NOT be staying for strays.  All others... we will meet on location at about 11:00.

We have lots of new equipment including 5 new harnesses and 6 new figure 8s.  This means that everyone can hit the rock and rappel just as quick as you can climb the stairs.  No more waiting because we are all sharing the same 2 harnesses.  We will be rappelling and rock climbing at the rock!  There are a couple short (2-3 mile) trails as well.  

The Backbone Rock Recreation Area features the rock itself, the adjacent Backbone Falls, swimming and fishing in Beaver Dam Creek (the small river that flows past and around the rock), hiking trails, and camping facilities (with water and restrooms). It is a long, narrow stone ridge that extends from adjacent Iron Mountain. "The rock" stands approximately 75 feet high and 20 feet thick and has a roadway that passes underneath. We can rappel or rock climb the face or simply enjoy a day of fishing or swimming in the river.



Click here to see a 360 panorama of Backbone Rock

Equipment Needed:

None - But if you have a climbing harness/shoes... bring them to get more time on the rock.

Equipment Recommended:

Camera

Picnic Lunch

Other gear as appropriate for the activities you plan

Directions:
We usually park on the right (if approaching it from the South) immediately before going under the rock. Near the Yellow Caution Sign seen in the photo above.


Click HERE for Google Directions. (You may choose your own starting point)


You'll also have the chance to meet:

3 Adventurers from "Greeneville Outdoor Adventure Club"

A total of 9 people are expected to attend!

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  • Rick J.

    Great day, I had a lot of fun.

    October 28, 2013

  • Jill G.

    Hey Aaron, long story but I wont be there today.

    October 27, 2013

  • Rick J.

    Power's on I can go...

    October 27, 2013

  • Brent D.

    Aaron I might be coming along with Julie Nutter but not sure yet so didn't rsvp. If we do it'll be around 1 or so when get there

    October 27, 2013

  • Kristy

    My daughter woke up sick this morning so we aren't going to be able to make it :( Hope everyone has fun!

    October 27, 2013

  • Rick J.

    Have to pass, no power at home this morning... Have fun everyone

    October 27, 2013

  • Kristy

    Aaron, Can I bring my 15 year old to rappel?

    October 22, 2013

  • Morgan M.

    I am new to town and would love to join. Just need to know where the CPA is so I can join the car pool?

    October 15, 2013

    • Brent D.

      On etsu campus near soccer field. It's the huge physical activity building in between dorms and soccer field with climbing tower in rear. They usually meet in Large parking lot beside. Welcome to town and hopefully meet you soon!

      October 16, 2013

    • Jeff B.

      Hi Morgan, nice to have you with the group. The street address is north dossett drive on campus right across from lucille clement dorms.

      1 · October 19, 2013

  • tiffany h.

    are beginners welcome

    October 18, 2013

    • Brent D.

      Always :)! That's even better because it's so fun to learn and the equipment is free to use from NSO :)

      October 18, 2013

    • Aaron G.

      Like Brent said, always welcome. In fact, this event is kind of geared towards beginners anyway.

      1 · October 18, 2013

  • Brent D.

    Aaron Did you notice you planned this event same day as the hiking of VA channels which you are also rsvp'd for lol? ?

    October 14, 2013

    • Brent D.

      Had my days mixed up lol

      October 15, 2013

    • Aaron G.

      I really want to hike the channels but like I said, it will have to be less than 5 miles. Anything more and I will be too drained for this event the next day. Plus I have homework and study to consider. Please let me know as soon as you can.

      October 15, 2013

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