Head In The Clouds

first_imgClimbers Seek Access To Cloudland CanyonGeorgia’s Cloudland Canyon boasts gorge walls that rise almost 2,000 feet from the valley floor. Miles of steep sandstone cliffs and creekside boulders highlight the state park. The quality of rock has prompted the Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) to start a grassroots letter writing campaign requesting climber access to Cloudland’s forbidden cliffs.“We’ve received a number of public comments, which are being discussed in upper management,” says Ryan Hilton, a ranger at Cloudland Canyon. “But climbing has been off-limits for some time, and as of right now, that’s still the policy.”The Southeastern Climbers Coalition has been successful in reversing climbing bans. They recently secured bouldering access at Panola Mountain, another Georgia state park.“The Cloudland Canyon process is only in its infancy right now,” says Brad McLeod, spokesperson for the SCC. “But it’s one more piece in the puzzle, and Cloudland would offer another climbing option near Lookout Mountain.”Cloudland Canyon sits on the western edge of Lookout, the same long, wide, rocky mountain that has given climbers classic crags like Sunset Mountain in Tennessee, Rock Town in Georgia, and Little River in Alabama. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, however, climbers shouldn’t hold their breath while waiting for access to Cloudland Canyon.“We can’t offer climbing right now at Cloudland with the current trail system in place,” says Kim Hatcher, information officer for Georgia State Parks. “The type of rock that makes up Cloudland’s cliffs breaks easily, which means there would be a significant amount of debris falling below the climbers. Right now, the trails are located beneath the rock, so it’s a safety issue. Climbing would put hikers at risk.”And forget about re-routing the hiking trails in the current economic recession. The Department of Natural Resources is in the midst of a budget crunch and doesn’t have the staff or resources to undertake a large trail-building project.Still, McLeod feels as if the letter writing campaign has laid the groundwork for a serious access discussion in the future. “It’s one of the last parks run by the Georgia DNR that still bans climbing. The fact that there’s any kind of movement on the issue is promising.”last_img read more

Derrick Jones Jr beats Aaron Gordon to win controversial NBA Slam Dunk contest [VIDEO]

first_imgMiami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. outlasted Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon in a memorable slam dunk contest on Saturday that required two tiebreaker jams.But the final result was not without controversy, with at least two judges contending afterward that they wanted the second dunk-off to end in a tie and Gordon saying he’s done participating in the contest during NBA All-Star Weekend.“We thought it was going to be tied. We were like, ‘This is a tie!’” one judge, hip-hop artist Common, told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “But somebody didn’t do it right. I don’t know who it is.”Los Angeles Sparks star Candace Parker, another judge on the panel, confirmed that they had intended for the second dunk-off to result in a tie.It wasn’t clear if Jones and Gordon would have dunked again had it still been tied after Gordon’s final attempt. The NBA was not going to permit co-champions, and there would have been a point — which they were possibly at — when judges would have had to vote and decide a winner.Jones and Gordon each netted perfect 50s in the final and in the first dunk-off — setting up for the second tiebreaker. Jones took off from just inside the foul line and threw down a windmill jam with his left hand, drawing a 48 from the panel of five judges. Gordon, after a short discussion with Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, brought out 7-foot-5 Boston Celtics rookie Tacko Fall and took the ball from Fall’s hands while jumping over him on the way to a thunderous dunk.The jam was met with gasps from the United Center crowd, but Gordon was awarded only a 47, giving the victory to Jones.Parker and Common each awarded Gordon a 10 for the dunk, with the other three judges — Dwyane Wade, Scottie Pippen and Chadwick Boseman — each giving him a 9.“I really felt it was an even battle, and we, as judges, felt the scores should be even and they should just have a judge-off,” Common told Shelburne. “We had the cards. Put your card up for who had the best dunks.”Gordon thought his dunk over Fall deserved a higher score than he got.“I did four straight 50s — five straight 50s,” Gordon said. “That’s over. It’s a wrap. Let’s go home. Four 50s in a row in an NBA dunk contest, it’s over. But I don’t know. Who’s running the show?”Gordon, who also lost a memorable dunk contest to Zach LaVine in 2016, said he was done with the contest.“It’s a wrap, bro,” he said. “I feel like I should have two trophies.”Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was of the mind that Gordon and Jones each deserved a trophy for their efforts.Jones, after the contest, thought the Gordon-Fall dunk wasn’t totally smooth, perhaps sealing the deal for him.“He clipped Tacko’s head, so they couldn’t give him a 50,” he said. “I expected them to give him a 48 so we could go again.”Here are highlights of the Dunk Contest below: Tags: Aaron GordonDerrick Jones Jr.NBASlam Dunk contest Source: ESPNlast_img read more

Uganda Cranes striker pens three year deal at Egyptian side Smouha SC

first_imgDerrick Nsibambi (center) after signing the deal at Smouha SCUganda Cranes striker Derrick Nsibambi has completed a move to Egyptian Premier League side Smouha SC according to reports in Egypt.The former KCCA FC striker who flew out of the country on Sunday is believed to have put pen to paper on a three year deal.He joins two other Ugandan footballers who play in Egypt including his former team mate Isaac Muleme (Alassiouty sport) and Cranes vice captain Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (El-Geish).Before the start of the just concluded Uganda Premier League, Nsibambi was rumoured to have been courted by a un named Egyptian club but KCCA turned down their offer.Nsibambi has been struggling for form lately and has seen his starting role at KCCA FC taken up by teenage sensation Shaban Muhammad especially in the second half of the season.At the time of his departure from KCCA, head coach Mike Mutebi had come out and openly criticized him for his lack of consistency throughout the season.Nsibambi has scored seven league goals for KCCA this season.Whether he makes the grade and turns out to be a more prolific striker than he has been especially last season, remains to be seen. But his ability can not be doubted in the eyes of every Ugandan football can.Comments Tags: Derrick NsibamabiKCCA FClast_img read more