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


Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky


Saturday Events

Saturday Schedule Of Events



7:00am - 10:30amBreakfast served in Tierney's Cavern Restaurant ($)
7:30am - 4:00pmRegistration Table Open in the Lobby of the Lodge.
7:30am - 12:00pmField Trips
8:30am - 11:30am Climber using ropewalker Rope 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.
9:00am - 12:00pmKenny 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.
9:00am - 12:00pm 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.
10:00am – 2:00pm 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 $15/each. More info at: BuckeyeTrailHiker.com
10:00am - 11:50amMug Ruggin' It. Drop in. Have some time to spare? Try your hand at the centuries old craft of weaving. You will have the opportunity to weave on a multi-harness floor loom, all materials will be provided and you will have a mug rug to take home with you. A mug rug is a smaller version of an Appalachian Rag Rug and is typically used as a coaster. This trip is open to all, no special equipment is needed. Donations for Friends of Carter Caves will be accepted. Meets in Olive Hill Room.
11:30am - 3:00pmLunch served in Tierney's Cavern Restaurant ($)
12:00pm - 4:30pmField Trips
12:30pm - 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.
1:00pm - 4:50pmMug Ruggin' It. Drop in. Have some time to spare? Try your hand at the centuries old craft of weaving. You will have the opportunity to weave on a multi-harness floor loom, all materials will be provided and you will have a mug rug to take home with you. A mug rug is a smaller version of an Appalachian Rag Rug and is typically used as a coaster. This trip is open to all, no special equipment is needed. Donations for Friends of Carter Caves will be accepted. Meets in Olive Hill Room.
1:00pm - 5:00pmKenny 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.
1:00pm - 4:00pm 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.
3:00pm - 7:00pmSilent Auction Bidding Open.
4:00pm - 5:45pm Woman doing yoga pose in cave Yoga In The Cave. Drop in. 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 4:30 – 5:30 pm.  Meet at the lodge at 4:00 pm and we will caravan to Cascade Cave.

Your yoga leader is Kristy Matheson. Kristy is a Certified Yoga Instructor and a Wellness Guide for Outdoor Adventure Connection.
4:00pm - 8:00pmDinner served in Tierney's Cavern Restaurant ($)
5:00pm - 11:00pmOpen Ice Skating. Drop in.  New for 2017!  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.
5:00pmAdult Squeeze Box Competition Finalist & Kids Squeeze Box Competition Winners Posted in Lobby of Lodge.
6:00pm - ????Saturday Night Social - Fields Facility of Lodge.
6:00pm - 6:45pmLive Music. Heath & Molly
7:00pmSilent Auction Ends.
7:00pm - 7:45pmAnnouncements & Reflections on the Day. Volunteer of the Year. Rope Climbing Competition Awards. Photo Salon.
7:45 - 8:45pmLive Auction.
8:45pm - 9:30pmLive Music. Heath & Molly
9:30pm - ??? Squeezebox participant
The Official Squeeze Box Adult Finals Competition.
The True Test of Will, Guts, and Stupidity! Kids Competition Awards