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Giving Back to the Chattanooga Community

 John from The Crash Pad tells us why he is committed to the 1% for the Planet network…

The Crash Pad: An Uncommon Hostel is a small, 3000 sq. ft hostel, tucked away in the bustling Southside neighborhood of Chattanooga, TN. Our 24 Super Bunks and 6 private rooms can only generate so much revenue per night, but we make it a point to contribute to the 1% for the Planet program.

We first heard about 1% for the Planet in Yvon Chouinard’s memoir, Let My People Go Surfing. We were inspired by his story, his philosophy on business, and the ways that businesses should interact with the resources and the community around it.

Since our founding in June 2011, our 1% for the Planet contributions have gone to Wild Trails, a Chattanooga-based non-profit. Their mission is to protect, foster, and educate people about one of the things that make this town so special: our trail systems.

To understand why we give to Wild Trails, one must first understand the history of The Crash Pad. Our first 4 staff members are all transplants from the northeast, and the reason why we all moved down here was for limitless rock climbing and how close it all is to city living. We leave the hostel, and in 10 minutes, we’re at Sunset Rock. 25 minutes, we arrive at Stone Fort (Little Rock City, as it’s locally known), a world-class bouldering destination. 45 minutes, we could find ourselves at Foster Falls and the Fiery Gizzard Trail, home to some of the South’s most classic sport climbing lines and incredible hiking trails.

We participate in 1% for the Planet because we can further engrain ourselves into the Chattanooga community. We do it because it fits right in line with one of our core values: to give back to the communities in which we serve.  We give because we want to make the world a better place. We do it because it’s the right thing to do.

Thanks for sharing your story, John, and providing an awesome place to stay in Chattanooga for everyone who LOVES BLUE!


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