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9th Annual Winter Adventure Weekend - January 25-28, 2018


Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky


Friday Events

Friday Schedule of Events



7:00am - 10:30amBreakfast served in Tierney's Cavern Restaurant. ($)
9:30am - 10:20am Man filtering water by stream A Dummies Guide to Water Treatment for the Backpacker. Confused About All The Options To Treat Water in The Backcountry? Not Sure What To Choose? Learn The Facts! Selecting a water treatment system can be an overwhelming decision. There are many factors to consider, including method, effort, size, weight, treatment time and cost. In this workshop we will cover all the major types of water treatment options for the backpacker, day hiker and camper and what types of organisms each system is effective at eliminating. We will discuss the pros and cons of each method. We will give you advice on what to consider, what we think is the most important, and which products might be best for you. We'll also discuss why treating water in the backcountry is necessary, the common waterborne pathogens you'll encounter, how they make you ill and the symptoms of waterborne illnesses. Meets in Grayson Room of Lodge.

This workshop is taught by Andy Niekamp, Chief Adventure Officer of Outdoor Adventure Connection. Andy is a professional backpacking instructor and an expert in backpacking. He has backpacked over 14,000 miles including the entire Appalachian Trail four times, Ohio's Buckeye Trail, Kentucky's Sheltowee Trace, Vermont's Long Trail, the Colorado Trail, Arkansas' Ozark Highlands Trail, Minnesota's Superior Hiking Trail and the Ohio To Erie Trail. His motto is Live, Learn and Love Adventure!
9:30am - 9:30pmRegistration Open. In Lobby of Lewis Caveland Lodge.
10:00am - 9:30pmField Trips
10:30am - 12:00pmHot Chocolate 5K Fun Run or Walk. Join us this morning to stretch your legs in a Hot Chocolate 5K run (or) walk through the park.  The out and back course starts and finishes at the horse-camp-parking lot and offers 3.1 miles of flat roadway to accommodate runners and walkers of all abilities.  Finishers will enjoy hot chocolate at the finish-line area. Restrooms are available at the start/finish-line area. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers. Meets at Horse Campground.
11:30am - 3:00pmLunch served in Tierney's Cavern Restaurant. ($)
12:00pm – 2:30pm Book Cover - Captain Blue on the Blue Blazes by Andy Niekamp Buckeye Trail Adventure Book Signing. Author and adventurer Andy Niekamp will be in the lobby of the lodge signing copies of his new book titled "Captain Blue on the Blue Blazes - The First Solo Thru-Hike of Ohio's 1,444 Mile Buckeye Trail." Imagine walking 1,444 miles with a backpack carrying the bare necessities of life, 26 maps, and a whole lot of grit. When three-time Appalachian Trail Hiker, Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp decided to hike Ohio’s Buckeye Trail, he took on the challenge of his life. On this 88-day adventure, Captain Blue found things he didn’t know he had: a Buckeye Trail family who assisted and encouraged him; a home state rich with scenic beauty and history; the physical, mental, and emotional stamina to travel Ohio alone and on foot. Books available for $15/each. More info at: BuckeyeTrailHiker.com
1:30pm - 4:30pm Man and woman on slackline Slacklining. Drop in. Slacklining is a balance activity using nylon webbing tensioned between two anchor points.  A slackline remains distinct from a tightrope because the line is not taut but stretches and bounces like a long and narrow trampoline.  The birth of slacklining is closely linked to the legendary Camp 4 of Yosemite Valley, which was the center of rock climbing development.  In the late 1960s these climbers started to pass their leisure time by balancing on barrier chains and later upgraded to one and two inch nylon webbing.  We will be using a 10-foot long slackrack system that puts you a foot off the ground.  No equipment is needed although tight fitting shoes are helpful, or you can go barefoot. Meets in Olive Hill Room.
1:30pm - 4:30pmRope Climbing Competition. Drop in. Would you like to know if you are the fastest rope climber at Winter Adventure Weekend? Well now is your chance to find out! WAW is hosting its fifth annual rope climbing competition this year. So come, compete and see just how good you really are. All of the required equipment will be provided for you, or you can bring your own complete climbing system, however the use of a seat harness is required and all personal equipment must pass a safety inspection at the site. Anything deemed unsafe will not be allowed to be used. The winners (and prizes) will be announced during the Saturday evening program. Follow signs from lodge to site.
3:00pm - 4:30pm Woman beside tent near waterfall Backpacking 101. Are you ready to try backpacking after an inspiring visit to a national park? Ready to introduce your kids to the great outdoors? Are you a longtime hiker who needs a refresher after too much time away from the trails? Whatever your goal, this indoor workshop will teach you the techniques to have a safe and enjoyable backpacking trip. We will cover topics such as backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, stoves, food, clothes, footwear, weather, terrain, comfort zone, trip planning, and Leave No Trace Principles. Meets at the Hilltop Room.

This workshop is taught by Andy Niekamp, Chief Adventure Officer of Outdoor Adventure Connection. Andy is a professional backpacking instructor and an expert in backpacking. He has backpacked over 14,000 miles including the entire Appalachian Trail four times, Ohio's Buckeye Trail, Kentucky's Sheltowee Trace, Vermont's Long Trail, the Colorado Trail, Arkansas' Ozark Highlands Trail, Minnesota's Superior Hiking Trail and the Ohio To Erie Trail. His motto is Live, Learn and Love Adventure!
3:30pm - 5:15pm Woman doing yoga pose in cave Yoga In The Cave. Experience this unique environment to practice yoga in Cascade Cave. Relax your mind, move your body and breathe deeply as you stretch your limbs. This session will take you through basic yoga poses to stretch and relax after an active day in the great outdoors. We will be doing both standing and seated postures. No experience necessary. Dress for yoga and be prepared for a cave temperature of 55 degrees. Bring a yoga mat and a large beach towel or blanket to put under the yoga mat. (Padded moving blankets work very well for this.) You will want the towel or blanket to be larger than your mat so that you have room for your belongings. The cave floor consists of rock and dirt and may be damp or muddy in areas. The cave floor is mostly flat but is uneven in some areas. The yoga class will be from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.  Meet at the lodge at 3:30 pm and we will caravan to Cascade Cave.

Your yoga leader is Linda Salyer. Linda is a Certified Yoga Instructor and a Wellness Guide for Outdoor Adventure Connection.
4:00pm - 8:00pmDinner served in Tierney's Cavern Restaurant ($)
4:30pm - 5:30pmDeadly or Beautiful?. You Be the Judge! Drop-in. Snakes can be found in all continents except Antarctica. If you spend enough time in the outdoors, you are bound to cross paths with them sooner or later. Now is your chance to safely see some up close, some venomous and some harmless. Learn about these amazing animals, how to avoid being bitten and what to do if you are. If you are afraid of snakes, its ok. There are plenty of seats in the back! Meets in the Grayson Room of the lodge.
5:00pm - 7:30pmOpen Ice Skating. Drop in.  Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink.  Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways.  Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided).  US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent.  Fingers crossed for icy cold weather! Follow signs from lodge to site.
5:00pm - 9:00pmKenny McCoy Corrugated Cave. Drop in. Kentucky's longest cardboard cave!  This is an EXTREME cardboard maze that is adventurous for both adults and kids.  You will encounter extensive crawling passages and some constrictive spaces during this trip. The passages simulate conditions often encountered by cavers in the area's wild caves.  Bring a light (NOT carbide!) but leave your shoes and helmet behind.  Dress lightly since crawling through the Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave can be strenuous and stuffy.  Kneepads are a good option if you have them. We allow 10 people maximum in the cave at one time; therefore a short wait may occur.  Children 10 years old and under need parental supervision in order to participate. Follow signs from the lobby to the basement.
7:00pm - 8:00pmCampfire Social. Get ready for a fun weekend, full of adventure, by relaxing around the campfire and roasting some marshmallows!  Meet and greet trip leaders, past participants and everyone else at this campfire social. Marshmallows provided by Carter Caves State Park. In front of the lodge.
8:00pm - 9:30pm Dana and Colin on the summit of Illineza.jpg Keynote Presentation: Ten Days, Five Volcanoes, The Trek to 17,000ft.

Dana Sutherland and Colin Gatland recently completed sumitting five volcanic peaks in Ecuador. These summits ranged in elevation from 14,000ft to approximately 17,000ft. Rain, hail, snow and intense winds were just part of the climbs. Tackling narrow ledges, fifty degree climbing inclines, slick trails and thin air was all par for the course in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Ecuadorian Andes mountains. Meets in the Olive Hill Room


Dana Sutherland is a caver and avid runner/triathlon/Ironman enthusiast and has been to Ecuador three times. He has also volunteered at Crawlathon/WAW for many years. He is a rope technician and has done many vertical caving/vertical wall trips from Mexico's 1,000ft Golondrinas to 2,600ft El Capitan in Yosemite NP, among many others in the US.


Colin Gatland is a caver and outdoor enthusiast and has been spending time in Ecuador each year for the past twelve years. He has also been a Crawlathon/WAW volunteer for 25 years now. He has done many vertical trips/wall trips throughout the US and Mexico including Golondrinas 1,000ft and El Capitan 2,600ft. He has been climbing the volcanoes in Ecuador for some six years now.


Hiker on Illineza peakUnknown volcanic peakDana Sutherland and Colin Gatland hiking ahead of storm
9:30pm - 11:00pmOpen Ice Skating. Drop in.  Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink.  Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways.  Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided).  US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent.  Fingers crossed for icy cold weather! Follow signs from lodge to site.