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Fri, Nov 03


Old Wauhatchie Boulders

Blk Out Fest 2023

In partnership with Lookout Mountain Conservancy, a bouldering festival produced by, made for and centered around Black climbers. Join us for a celebration of Black excellence in climbing.

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Blk Out Fest 2023
Blk Out Fest 2023

Time & Location

Nov 03, 2023, 2:00 PM – Nov 05, 2023, 8:00 PM

Old Wauhatchie Boulders , Chattanooga, Tennessee

About the Event

Blk Out Fest is a bouldering festival produced by First Outdoor Company in partnership with Lookout Mountain Conservancy focused on celebrating and cultivating Black excellence in climbing. Held on the ancestral and stolen lands of the ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East), S’atsoyaha (Yuchi) Indigenous Tribes in Chattanooga, Tennessee, this festival features a networking welcome party & mixer, games and activities, wellness & bouldering workshops and a fellowship dinner celebrating Black creatives, athletes and entrepreneurs.

Festival Ticket includes:

  • Group Bunk Lodging
  • Access to festival activities (games, activities & workshops)
  • Breakfast on Saturday & Sunday
  • Dinner on Saturday 
  • Gift Bag
  • 1 Raffle Ticket

Important Note: You will be required to sign a video/image release & event waiver upon entering the festival grounds. Must be 18+ to attend. 


Attendees can expect a safe and educational space for new climbers who are inspired by experienced Black climbers. There will be intentional community discussions, wellness workshops, Black-owned business vendors, films & guest speakers centering the Black climber experience.


Please visit the SCHEDULE page of the website to view the festival schedule. More details will be added and all registered participants will receive a digital program via email.


To protect the privacy of the festival guests, the exact address to the park will be sent via email. All lodging is shared with 8 beds per lodge. Guest MUST bring their own sheets/sleeping bag and pillow. For questions regarding lodging, please CONTACT US. Lodging access codes and address details will be sent via email to all registered participants.


As part of our committment to climate action, all meals provided by the Blk Out Fest will be plant-based. Attendees are allowed to bring their own food, snacks & beverages to store inside of the assembly hall or a personal cooler. Access to grill, kitchen, dishes/utensila and refridgerator is provided. Access to non plant-based vendors available but not included in registration.


There is free parking but we strongly encourage carpooling. Please use the CONNECT page on the website to find buddies to ride with. We have limited group transportation options that provide transportation to and from the Chattanooga airport, to the crag (climbing area) or gym (if rained out) as well as special transportation to/from Stone Fort for night bouldering with the Memphis Rox festival. 


All tickets include a free festival tee ONLY for tickets purchased before October 20th. Size availability is subject to change but available sizes range from XS to 4XL. 


Due to the shared nature of the lodging facilities, we ask that you do not bring your pets. Services animals are welcome but please indicate in the registration notes.


Please review our ACCESSIBILITY page for all information. Special requests and complete information is available on our website.


There are opportunities to receive financial assistance for festival ticket and travel. Please click HERE if you want to donate support or request financial support or a custom payment plan. If you would like to donate directly to our PayPal, click HERE.


There are no refunds! If you are no longer able to attend, you can transfer your ticket to another individual or sell it in our Blk Out Fest group.


This event is rain or shine.  *schedule subject to change to accommodate rainouts. 

First Outdoor Company is a Black and woman-owned outdoor adventure, education & creative services business designed to create safe, educational and sustainable climbing experiences.

This event has a group. You’re welcome to join the group once you register for the event.


  • Festival Pass (out of state)

    Get in extra early with this special retreat ticket! Covers all festivities during the weekend including bunk lodging, meals and workshops.

    +$3.73 service fee
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  • Festival Pass (AL, GA, TN)

    Special pass for residents of Alabama, Tennessee & Georgia! Covers all festivities during the weekend including bunk lodging, meals and workshops.

    +$2.98 service fee
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  • Local Shuttle Service

    Transportation to/from the Chattanooga Airport and to all festival locations within Chattanooga including night bouldering at the Memphis Rox festival.

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  • Support Memphis Rox

    Donate to support the mission of Memphis Rox Climbing Gym. 100% of donations goes to Memphis Rox.

    Pay what you want
    +Service fee



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