June 30, 2015

Anniston, Alabama... Coldwater Mountain...

7 comments:

Meade said...

Alabama but it just as easily could be Wisconsin.

Meade said...

or Brown County, Indiana.

YoungHegelian said...

There's really not much of that terrain in Alabama, Meade. Only the Northeast quadrant has mountains like that, and Anniston is the tail end of the Blue Ridge. I'm surprised to learn that the BR goes that far south into Alabama, frankly.

T J Sawyer said...

Ah, sweet Anniston. Gateway to Fort McClellan. I got to fire a .50 caliber machine gun, M79 grenade launcher, M72 LAW, and a lot of mortar rounds in those nearby hills in 1969. Fond memories!

Larry Day said...

I once traveled from Colorado to Anniston to climb and teach an introductory rock climbing course near there. Amazing sandstone cliffs run from Alabama, up through Tennessee, my home state of Kentucky, West Virginia, and points north. Climbers from around the world make pilgrimages to the south eastern U.S. to test themselves on some of the world's best sport climbs. Imagine that, leaving Chamonix, France for eastern Kentucky, to go climbing.

Larry J said...

T J Sawyer said...
Ah, sweet Anniston. Gateway to Fort McClellan.


I made a few jumps into the Shane DZ at Fort McClellan back in '76-77. Some went find but others, one in particular, went wrong. We had 16 injuries out of a 60 man C-130 stick including one broken neck. While waiting for medevac, some MP trainees decided to have some fun at our expense. They drove by us in a jeep throwing canisters of riot strength (CS) tear gas. None of us had a mask. They made a clean get away but violated the cardinal rule of strafing - they tried to make a second pass. The results when we stopped them were not pretty, nor were the jail terms they served in Leavenworth.

Dopey said...

Appears to be my kind of trail -- downhill in both directions.