Frigid Temperatures Don’t Frighten Students

By: Megan Montgomery

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/The Loop) — Our city has experienced some of the coldest temperatures in years this winter, but even the presence of Jack Frost doesn’t deter the outdoor desire of a true Chattanoogan.

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A student captured this frozen falls on a trail at Lookout Mountain

According to some students, the outdoor culture and opportunities in Chattanooga are part of the allure of UTC. Students are travelling from all across the state to attend school and live in the land of Moon Pies, mountains, and a multitude of Rock Creeks.

Junior Ethan Buyer says he gets outdoors at least once a week. In the last month, he has fought the treacherous temperatures while hiking, climbing, and backpacking.

“Sometimes the weather is the adventure,” says Buyer, who spent the Martin Luther King holiday hiking miles of snow covered paths on the Appalachian Trail.

Freshman Abigale Lawrence especially enjoys hiking when the weather is warmer, but she hasn’t let the cold drive her inside for the season. She embraced the wintry weather with her friends last week when campus was covered in snow.

Junior Luke Johnson hiking a snowy trail

Junior Luke Johnson hiking a snowy trail

The cold conditions call for many different kinds of preparations, but some activities are more enjoyable in the cold according to Junior Luke Johnson. When climbing in warm weather, he says, humidity and sweat can cause more moisture on the rock making it harder to climb. The cold weather creates a natural grip for climbers.

Although, frozen temperatures are not every student’s cup of tea. In this case, the Aquatic and Recreation Center (ARC) and UTC Outdoors offer a range of opportunities to get moving and get outside. Senior Emma Tinius  exercises at the ARC three times a week to stay out of the cold.

“I prefer working out in the ARC when it’s cold outside. It’s just harder to find a machine to use because it’s crowded.” says Tinius.

photo by Joakim Roth

photo by Joakim Roth

UTC Outdoors encourages students to get outside by offering trips all throughout the semester for students to participate in such as:

  • Snowboarding
  • Skiing
  • Mountain biking
  • Caving
  • Kayaking
  • Climbing
  • Hiking
  • Sky Diving

Chattanooga is a natural sanctuary no matter the weather, and UTC students are always diligent to stay active and appreciate the sights and surroundings of our city.