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.


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.


The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

By: Cody Mohon

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (The Loop)-The cool, crisp air of fall winds its way through campus, tossing fallen leaves aside. The leaves are changing and a rainbow of colors paint the blue sky. Many students cringe away from the approaching cold, dreading finals and the chillier months ahead. However, junior Nathalia Vargas couldn’t be happier. Fall is her favorite season in beautiful Chattanooga.

“The weather is just so perfect and soothing. The temperature is in the 70’s which is great for doing anything outdoors.” Vargas said. “I just love everything about fall; the colors, the scents, the changing of the leaves, and the coming of winter. It’s very exciting!”

Beautiful fall scenery at Signal Point on Signal Mountain.

Beautiful fall scenery at Signal Point on Signal Mountain.

Chattanooga always has plenty of outdoor activities going on, but with the recent perfect weather it is almost impossible to remain indoors. When asked what her favorite fall activities are, Vargas replied, ”Hiking! Signal Point is a great place to go to just relax and soak up the season. Also, pumpkin carving and dressing up for Halloween are always fun!”

Plan your own hike at Signal Point here!

“It’s also great that this is the only time of the year that pumpkin stuff is really popular like pumpkin pie, and pumpkin drinks. Especially pumpkin lattes from Starbucks! Also, candy corn because you don’t really buy those any other time of the year! I just enjoy all the fall flavors.”

Being from Memphis, Vargas is used to the flat scenery that surrounds it. “In Memphis it is really plain so it’s hard to enjoy fall colors there as much. Even just driving from Memphis to Chattanooga you can see the different colored trees covering the mountains. It’s a beautiful drive!”

Vargas even dreams of tying the knot during this vibrant time of year. “I would love to get married during the fall. It just has so many wonderful colors and textures. I want to be in the mountains with the leaves changing color and my wedding colors to reflect the reds, browns, and oranges of the season.”

Vargas soaking up her favorite season at Signal Point.

Vargas soaking up her favorite season at Signal Point.

With Thanksgiving break quickly approaching, all students understand how hard it is to remain in a classroom even when the weather isn’t as breathtaking as it has been. When asked if she felt the need to break out of the classroom, Vargas replied, “Yes!  I would rather be outside enjoying the scenery and the leaves and the weather than be cooped up in a classroom any day.”