An indoor rock-climbing gym, The Ascent resides inside a cavernous, warehouse-like building where the angled walls are studded with handgrips and gravity challenges participants on every ascent. The facility's top-rope walls stretch as high as 32 feet, and angled walls bevel off into challenging overhangs where chalky-handed patrons cling tightly during ropeless bouldering runs. When opening the gym, owner Jeff Hess—familiar with the passion of bouldering enthusiasts—made sure to leave room for a 2,500-square-foot bouldering area, now located in the center of the large open space.
Jeff's efforts to foster community through climbing have lead to some unique fusions at The Ascent. The new auto-belay system enables climbers to climb without need for a partner. Additionally, a partnership with neighboring Crossfit Murfreesboro now affords The Ascent's members a bonus benefit, access to Crossfit’s cardio and weight-training facilities.
Designed by women, for women, Mudderella is a true athletic event. Across the 5–7 mile muddy course, the non-competitive fitness event finds participants trekking across plenty of obstacles, along with mud-filled pits, mountains of hay, and other challenges to be conquered. Some are designed to be accomplished solo, while others ask runners to team up and lend a hand. With obstacles likes Hat Trick, Wheels in Motion, and Mud Majesty, the event encourages its participants to step outside their comfort zone. Every course is different, but they all guarantee athletes a chance to get their hands—and the rest of them—dirty for a good time and an even better cause: Futures Without Violence, a non-profit that fights to prevent domestic violence and support survivors.
While plenty of fun can be found on the course, the festivities begin before the start line and end well after groups cross the finish line. The day kicks off with a stretch and strengthen session, after which participants can visit The Works and get free temporary tattoos, purple face-paint, and festive ribbons. Afterwards, they can pay a visit to the rinsing stations, change into some clean clothes—muddy sneakers can be donated to a local charity—and hit the after-party. Drinks, snacks, Mudderella gear, and massages will be available for purchase.
In the deep, dark heart of Chapel Hill Haunted Woods, a specter searches for the head he lost many years ago. This unnamed and hatless figure commands a phalanx of frightful creatures, all of whom await to spook daring visitors every Saturday in October. A chorus of screams emitted from the treetops assures guests they've arrived at the right spot. Once on the path, they'll have to navigate the terrifying trails if they hope to make it out alive, calling upon every ounce of bravery as they snake past a pit of snakes and cross a slender wooden bridge that conceals unspeakable horrors.
All proceeds from the frightful enterprise benefit the Young Farmers and Ranchers program, which funds scholarships and targets childhood hunger in the area.
Though the staff at Honeysuckle Hill Farm cultivates livestock and crops of seasonal produce, its other chief resource is outdoor adventure. Through their seasonal tours, farm staffers teach adults and children about farm operations, the basics of agriculture, and which fabrics scarecrows find itchy. They also give visitors a chance to work their way through labyrinthine corn mazes. At birthday parties, younger visitors can pet the resident animals, pan for gemstones at an artificial stream, and race each other in pedal-powered carts. Away from the fields, Association for Challenge Course Technology–certified guides and their guests soar down a one-mile zipline course designed and built to ACCT standards. The guides lead tours through the course’s three elevated towers, three canopy-level bridges stretched across Battle Creek, and eight ziplines, which they maintain daily to chase away loitering vigilantes. Along the way, guides showcase their knowledge of the creek’s history while pointing out local flora and fauna.
ZIPStream Fall Creek Falls provides visitors with a chance to see the Tennessee landscape from an entirely new perspective: by swinging, jumping, and climbing through the treetops. Aerial adventure courses are specially designed around the existing natural terrain, and visitors can even learn more about the native flora and fauna as they make their way through it. Each course ranges in difficulty and intensity, ensuring that both children and adults can traverse wobbly suspended bridges, edge along high wires, crawl through tunnels, scramble across natural cliff lines, and use ziplines to soar above gullies, valleys, and inter-dimensional rifts.
Staff members are on-hand for each semi-guided outing, providing advice and guidance whenever it's necessary. Additionally, each participant is outfitted with a state-of-the-art belay system before ascending into the treetops, which keeps guests securely fastened to overhead safety wires as they navigate each obstacle.
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