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About Us

Our mission is to further establish Chattanooga as an ultimate outdoor destination by providing a base camp and community hub for adventurous travelers.

This has led us to our dream of opening an uncommon hostel in the heart of downtown, combining the affordability and camaraderie of a traditional hostel with the charm and cleanliness of a boutique hotel. While The Crash Pad welcomes all travelers, we’ve taken special care to maximize the experience of those who come to play in the mountains and rivers that surround our city.

Detailed information will be readily available for the wealth of climbing, biking, running, kayaking, and all other sports accessible by a short drive from the hostel.

As outdoor adventurers, we pursued construction and operation techniques built on reclaimed and renewable resources in order to minimize our impact on the environment. New construction ensures the highest standards of craftsmanship and energy efficiency. For more information on our commitment to sustainable business, please view our certifications below.

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Leed Platinum Certification

A distinction that no other hostel currently holds. We are also one of four buildings in Chattanooga to attain it. If you’re looking to save a little green yourself, book your reservations now at The Crash Pad hostel.

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Our Team

Learn about our guys’ favorite local things.

Max Poppel

Max Poppel

Co-Owner

Local Favorites

Climb: Golden Locks, T-Wall
Boulder prob: Dodge Swinger, LRC
Hike: Stringers Ridge, North Chattanooga
Beer: Any variety of Kush IPA by Heaven and Ale
Cocktail: Hennen’s Pomegranate Martini
Bar: Flying Squirrel
Burger: MP Wagyu Beef Burger, Meeting Place
Fine dining dish: Beeler Farm’s Pork, Meeting Place
Rainy day activity: TBA
Ethnic dish: Pad See Ew, Alex Thai
Breakfast dish: Korean BBQ Burrito, Flying Squirrel (Sunday)

Elliot Stahl

Elliot Stahl

Happiness Ambassador

Local Favorites

Climb: Tall Boy Castle Rock
Boulder prob: Making Waves Rocktown
Hike: Pigeon Mountain highpoint
Outdoor activity (other than climbing): caving
Beer: Igneous IPA Hutton and Smith
Cocktail: mojito
Bar: Flying Squirrel
Burger: Tremont
Rainy day activity: caving
Fine dining dish: Chicken Parm @ The Feed
Ethnic dish: Pad Thai
Breakfast dish: Main Street Meats bacon
Downtown attraction: High Point Gym

Dan Rose

Dan Rose

Co-Owner

Local Favorites

Climb: The Prow @ Sunset Rock
Boulder prob: Damn Yankees @ Suck Creek
Hike: Signal Point to Edwards Point
Outdoor activity (other than climbing): trail running
Beer: Hutton & Smith Promenade
Cocktail: tiki drinks @ The Fix
Bar: Bitter Alibi
Burger: Main St Meats
Rainy day activity: TN Aquarium
Fine dining dish: anything at St. John’s
Ethnic dish: Chana Saag @ India Mahal
Breakfast dish: portobello hash @ Bluegrass Grill
Downtown attraction: Riverwalk

Emily Bonzek

Emily Bonzek

Happiness Ambassador

Local Favorites

Climb: Cloudland Canyon? I dunno, I ride bikes
Boulder prob: I got 99 problems but a boulder ain’t one
Hike: Snooper’s Rock in Prentice Cooper
Outdoor activity (other than climbing): Biking
Beer: Root Beer at the Terminal Brewhouse
Cocktail: Blinker at the Mad Priest
Bar: Basecamp
Burger: Black Bean  Burger, Tremont
Rainy day activity: Songbird’s Guitar Museum
Fine dining dish: Everything at Two Ten Jack
Ethnic dish: Yellow Curry at Thai Smile
Breakfast dish: Chicken & Waffles at Flying Squirrel
Downtown attraction: TBD

Ben Draper

Ben Draper

Happiness Ambassador

Local Favorites

Climb – The Toothpick (Trad, Sunset Park)
Boulder prob – Grooverider (HP40)
Hike – Glen Falls
Beer – HiWire Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA
Cocktail – Old Fashion
Bar – HiFi Clyde’s
Burger – Basecamp’s Big Pimmen
Fine dining dish – Sushi
Rainy day activity – Climbing on perma-dry wall
Ethnic dish – Pad Thai
Breakfast dish – Breakfast Burrito at Flying Squirrel

Drexel Bakker

Drexel Bakker

Happiness Ambassador

Local Favorites

Climb: Sport Climbing is silly
Boulder prob: Western Gold, Dayton Pocket
Hike: Craven’s House Trail
Beer: Something Dark & Creamy, Flying Squirrel
Cocktail: Whiskey Neat
Burger: Any Burger, Tremont
Rainy day activity: Videogaming Hard AF
Ethnic dish: Anything at Sawasdee
Breakfast dish: Burrito, The Bitter Alibi

Local Partners

We’ve had the wonderful opportunity to offer local goods to our hostel guests. Check out the companies below to get an idea of some of Chattanooga’s small business flavor.

mayfly
setinstone
niedlovs
haskel
riverstreetarchitecture
riverrocks
organicclimbing
mandyrhoden
andrewkornylak
collierconstruction
duncansculpture
coyotecove

Friends

We’re thankful to have support from the best organizations around. Please take a moment to read about some of the people that have helped make The Crash Pad a reality.

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tba
chatt-bicycle
highpoint
zingtrain
sterlingrope
triplecrown
scc
rootsrated
sorba
Fennec Marketing
footsloggers

Featured In

these (and plenty of other) magazines and newspapers.

Money
New York Magazine
atlanta magazine
Outside
Nooga
Travel Leisure
Gothamist
nextcity
RootsRated
afar
wutc
SouthernLiving