Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Ben Lim crushing crimps on Space (v7) in Stone Fort, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

After a successful week of selling water to a well at SXSW in Austin, Texas, Ben and I decided we should make a run straight to Chattanooga.

However, our decision only gave us us a night stay in a very crowded Lake Catherine, Arkansas and forced us to continue quickly through Memphis to Nashville.

Ben Lim inspecting Deception (v7) in Stone Fort, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

With Nashville being the music capital of the USA, we decided we should pick up some instruments for rest days, so the both of us settled on harmonicas; lightweight, small, shiny, and plenty annoying. Sadly, it'll be quite a while before we can make the tin sandwich sing, but with some good practice, hopefully we can play something else besides Hot Cross Buns.

As we trekked along and after three hours of driving through beautiful Tennessee landscape, we made it to our destination in the dead of night; setting up shop outside of a house that's for-sale on the mountain at the base of Stone Fort (Little Rock City).

If you didn't know, Chattanooga not only has an amazing food scene, but it's rock climber's dream. It is a central hub for climbers, with Rock Town and Zond being just forty-five minutes south of Chattanooga and Stone Fort being home turf, you're still only a few hours from Horsepen's 40 and tons of great boulder fields. The weather is great nine months out of the year, and the people are all friendly beyond compare; the true meaning of southern hospitality could be defined in this humble and progressive city. The rock climbing gym downtown, Highpoint, just employed a new route setter by the name of Cody Grodzki, whom we've come to become great friends with and through him we met the awesome brothers who started an outdoor and climber's supply company by the name of Granola.

Granola backpack, it's pretty damn awesome.

Granola backpack, it's pretty damn awesome.

While we didn't get to see Ozark, Arkansas and Wichita Mountain and Mount Magazine, Oklahoma we'll most definitely circle back on our way to Lander, Wyoming for the International Climber's Festival where I'll be photographing the competition in it's entirety. Before I end this post, I'd like to personally thank Amy and Reed at St. John's Meeting Place, who've been kind to us beyond all measure, and stuffed our faces with the best food we've ever eaten. If you find yourself in Chattanooga, you absolutely, without question, MUST eat at St. John's Meeting Place and have Amy serve you while Reed is getting down in the kitchen. It's the best restaurant in Tennessee, and quite possibly the USA (I only say this because as a former San Francisco resident who was surrounded by food in a foodie town, it simply blows every meal I've ever had out of the water).

Cody Grodzki and Granola Chalk bags.

Cody Grodzki and Granola Chalk bags.

While we didn't get to see Ozark, Arkansas and Wichita Mountain and Mount Magazine, Oklahoma we'll most definitely circle back on our way to Lander, Wyoming for the International Climber's Festival where I'll be photographing the competition in it's entirety. Before I end this post, I'd like to personally thank Amy and Reed at St. John's Meeting Place, who've been kind to us beyond all measure, and stuffed our faces with the best food we've ever eaten. If you find yourself in Chattanooga, you absolutely, without question, MUST eat at St. John's Meeting Place and have Amy serve you while Reed is getting down in the kitchen. It's the best restaurant in Tennessee, and quite possibly the USA (I only say this because as a former San Francisco resident who was surrounded by food in a foodie town, it simply blows every meal I've ever had out of the water).

Cody Grodzki warming down after a successful day at Stone Fort, Chattanooga, Tennessee.


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