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  • ONLINE (self-paced) Wilderness First Aid course available NOW through MAY 31st!

    In your own home, at your own leisure: now you can learn a ton in the online portion of Disaster + Travel + Wilderness First Aid! Here is a sneak peek of the course: https://www.solowfa.com/online-sample.htm This "Blended Learning" format has two parts: Part 1) COURSE TOPICS VIDEOS & SELF-GUIDED PRACTICE portion almost exactly as MEDIC SOLO always presents it. Our instructors just finished recording topic presentations in the latest of disaster and wilderness medical science. Intermixed at several points we guide you to practice various skills. >>> Testimonials: • "Fantastic online program." • "The quality of teaching and the personality of each instructor was ABSOLUTELY STELLAR. There is a lot more to learning than just the textbook curriculum, especially with medical situations." • "It was much less stressful having the opportunity to be taught on my own schedule rather than having two intensive days." • Much appreciation for the ability to click "pause" to take notes and write down questions (which MEDIC will answer), and ability to rewind and replay demonstrations, explanations, etc. -- can't do that in a live class. Part 2) A 3-year credit to attend any in-person open-enrollment MEDIC SOLO dtWFA course, to solidify your skills and graduate with SOLO WFA certification. INFO and REGISTRATION / TO GET STARTED: www.solowfa.com/register-SOLO-disaster-wilderness-first-aid-course.htm Fee: Our usual in-person course is $220, which is $55 per person less than what another national school charges for their shorter less-in-depth course. You get a 3-year credit for our usual rate, plus the online learn-now bonus for FREE. ~ ~ ~ Let's all please do our part to maintain social distancing, and do what we can to prevent problems and treat injured people, so as to reduce demands on hospitals. Exercise outdoors, where allowed, is great to boost your immune system; however we've found many people on trails are not respecting social distancing when passing by. If you decide to go out, when you see someone you'll pass by, please proactively step off trail at least 6 feet. Try to leave no trace as best you can, stepping only on durable surfaces like bare rock when possible. Thanks! Now is a time when your dtWFA skills may be needed most. • Hospital beds are filling up and we need to reduce their demand. If with dtWFA skills you treat someone and they no longer need to go to the hospital, fantastic and so helpful in many ways. •Some parks are seeing their highest-ever mid-week daytime visits. More people are outdoor adventuring and most don't have the skills you signed up to learn, and may be in need especially as more first-timers go explore the outdoors. • Hopefully the following will never happen: fewer EMTs staffing ambulances and thus a call to 911 for medical assistance is less responsive, or outbreaks occur within hospitals and those entire facilities end up being quarantined and unavailable ... leaving it up to dtWFA-trained folks to provide care. Thank you everyone, for all that you do to strengthen our communities, making disaster and wilderness areas safer for all.

  • Wednesday Night Social Paddle

    Coolidge Park

    We are continuing the traditional Wednesday night social paddles! We will be meeting under the market street bridge between Coolidge and Renaissance Parks. There is a small craft launch ramp there so look for a bunch of paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes at the roundabout under the bridge. We will do a lap or two around the island and then stop for some refreshments on the shore. Please bring your own drinks and snacks. This is an all ability levels paddle. No racing. Just for fun and camaraderie. All water craft welcome! Please bring all your necessary safety equipment or be prepared to borrow or rent some. Examples of this are PFD (life jacket), Whistle (or other signaling device), Leash (to tether you to your craft), and a 360 degree light if we are on the water after dusk. ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE ASKED TO SIGN A WAIVER once per season. So please see Chris or ANNIE Boards can be rented for $40! This includes board, paddle, life jacket, whistle, and 360 degree light if needed. See you on the water!

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  • PRENTICE COOPER STATE FOREST (Mullens Cove Loop Trail)

    Prentice Cooper Trailhead Parking Area

    LAST MINUTE POST: I realize this does not provide much advance notice to schedule but what the h*ll. We only live once and we love to hike. DATE: March 8, 2020 PLACE: Prentice Cooper State Forest 3998 Game Reserve Road / Chattanooga[masked] MEETING PLACE: Prentice Cooper Trailhead Parking Area (PCTPA) which is approximately ½ mile on the right "before" the rangers station address above. ARRIVAL TIME: PCTPA at 8:15A (e). DEPARTURE TIME: Leave PCTPA at 8:30A (e). LENGTH of HIKE: 9.8 miles which we will complete in one day. GROUP HIKE: This is a "group hike" and all attendees are asked to be considerate of each other. There will be periodic resting points for all hikers to rest and equally important to allow anyone behind to catch up and rest as well. Lets not leave anyone behind. MUD MUD MUD: There has been a little rain over the past 24 hours. Lets hope there is plenty of "mud" to walk in. Are you with me..? DIFFICULTY LEVEL: We will be hiking Mullens Cove Loop Trail of the Cumberland Plateau. Average “3” with minimum elevation changes of +/- 300 feet. Ideal for any hiker from beginner to experienced. PHOTOGRAPHY: Encouraged as there are two overlooks of the Tennessee River Gorge where we will take breaks and allow all attendees to “re-group” if we become separated. NECESSITIES: Everyone will provide their own food, water, snacks, walking stick or trekking poles, comfortable footwear and appropriate clothing, insect repellent, first aid kit as well as any other personal needs of each hiker. PARKING: Prentice Cooper Trailhead Parking Area (PCTPA). CARPOOL: Lets plan on meeting at Whole Foods by 7:45A and decide who will carpool or drive alone and follow one another to PCTPA. COST: No cost to enter / hike the trail. A small contribution for gas if anyone agrees to carpool. I can accommodate two additional riders plus gear. RSVP’s: Should be completed through Meet Up / Chattanooga Hiking Club. Any cancellations should be completed quickly so that other attendees can join the excursion. EVENT ORGANIZER John K. Mazzie[masked] [masked] I have completed approximately fifty (50) overnight camping trips and two hundred (200) day hikes and would welcome anyone that would like to participate in my next hiking trip.

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  • URBANE URBAN HIKE! Unbelievable Fun! BRISK WALK, great folks, food, and beer!

    North Entrance to Walnut Street Bridge

    Meet at 6:30, start walking at 6:35. Meet us at the Walnut Street Bridge (on the north end, Frazier Avenue) and we'll walk BRISKLY for an HOUR or so, then get a bite to eat. This is for THURSDAYS. Bring ID and $$ on the walk if planning to eat, who knows where we'll end up! We'll start walking at 6:35. Wear good walking shoes and a smile. If you can't join us to eat, that's fine, we still love you! Parking on the street is free in Coolidge Park and on the street after 6:00 p.m. If you park in a lot, you may either pay or risk being towed...your choice. Come on down! Thanks to Sabina and Bill for leading.

  • URBANE URBAN HIKE. Great conversation, exercise, food and BEER! THURSDAYS

    North Entrance to Walnut Street Bridge

    Meet at 6:30, start walking at 6:35. Meet us at the Walnut Street Bridge (on the north end, Frazier Avenue) and we'll walk BRISKLY for an HOUR or so, then get a bite to eat. This is for THURSDAYS. Bring ID and $$ on the walk if planning to eat, who knows where we'll end up! We'll start walking at 6:35. Wear good walking shoes and a smile. If you can't join us to eat, that's fine, we still love you! Parking on the street is free in Coolidge Park and on the street after 6:00 p.m. If you park in a lot, you may either pay or risk being towed...your choice. Come on down! Thanks to Sabina and Bill for leading.

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  • URBANE URBAN HIKE! Unbelievable Fun! BRISK WALK, great folks, food, and beer!

    North Entrance to Walnut Street Bridge

    Meet at 6:30, start walking at 6:35. Meet us at the Walnut Street Bridge (on the north end, Frazier Avenue) and we'll walk BRISKLY for an HOUR or so, then get a bite to eat. This is for THURSDAYS. Bring ID and $$ on the walk if planning to eat, who knows where we'll end up! We'll start walking at 6:35. Wear good walking shoes and a smile. If you can't join us to eat, that's fine, we still love you! Parking on the street is free in Coolidge Park and on the street after 6:00 p.m. If you park in a lot, you may either pay or risk being towed...your choice. Come on down! Thanks to Sabina and Bill for leading.

  • Sunset Rock from Cravens house (4 Miles, Moderate)

    Needs a location

    Hello Chattanooga! I am going to be in town this weekend yet again. This is a quick and moderate to strenuous to the gorgeous overlook of Sunset Rock. We will start from the craven's house parking lot, take up the craven's house trail, rifle pits trail, upper truck trail, gum springs trail, sunset rock trail and then rejoin the craven's house trail to get back to the parking lot. We will encounter some impressive overlooks on our trail path including one of the most beautiful overlooks of Chattanooga- The Sunset Rock. Google location for Cravens house: https://goo.gl/maps/9KhvyXta8vK2 (Please download Google Maps if you don't have that app already to use this link. Apple maps will mislead you as always) Text/call me at[masked] for any further questions. RSVP with integrity. Hope to see you there!

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  • URBANE URBAN HIKE. Great conversation, exercise, food and BEER! THURSDAYS

    North Entrance to Walnut Street Bridge

    Meet at 6:30, start walking at 6:35. Meet us at the Walnut Street Bridge (on the north end, Frazier Avenue) and we'll walk BRISKLY for an HOUR or so, then get a bite to eat. This is for THURSDAYS. Bring ID and $$ on the walk if planning to eat, who knows where we'll end up! We'll start walking at 6:35. Wear good walking shoes and a smile. If you can't join us to eat, that's fine, we still love you! Parking on the street is free in Coolidge Park and on the street after 6:00 p.m. If you park in a lot, you may either pay or risk being towed...your choice. Come on down! Thanks to Sabina and Bill for leading.

  • URBANE URBAN HIKE! Unbelievable Fun! BRISK WALK, great folks, food, and beer!

    North Entrance to Walnut Street Bridge

    Meet at 6:30, start walking at 6:35. Meet us at the Walnut Street Bridge (on the north end, Frazier Avenue) and we'll walk BRISKLY for an HOUR or so, then get a bite to eat. This is for THURSDAYS. Bring ID and $$ on the walk if planning to eat, who knows where we'll end up! We'll start walking at 6:35. Wear good walking shoes and a smile. If you can't join us to eat, that's fine, we still love you! Parking on the street is free in Coolidge Park and on the street after 6:00 p.m. If you park in a lot, you may either pay or risk being towed...your choice. Come on down! Thanks to Sabina and Bill for leading.

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  • URBANE URBAN HIKE. Great conversation, exercise, food and BEER! THURSDAYS

    North Entrance to Walnut Street Bridge

    Meet at 6:30, start walking at 6:35. Meet us at the Walnut Street Bridge (on the north end, Frazier Avenue) and we'll walk BRISKLY for an HOUR or so, then get a bite to eat. This is for THURSDAYS. Bring ID and $$ on the walk if planning to eat, who knows where we'll end up! We'll start walking at 6:35. Wear good walking shoes and a smile. If you can't join us to eat, that's fine, we still love you! Parking on the street is free in Coolidge Park and on the street after 6:00 p.m. If you park in a lot, you may either pay or risk being towed...your choice. Come on down! Thanks to Sabina and Bill for leading.

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