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


Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky


All Friday Field Trips

 

List of all Friday field trips and descriptions.





Friday 9:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #10: The Art of Cave Photography - Level: 1 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 15 people - 9 Spots Open

Come join us for a unique photography opportunity as Parham P Baker of Photo ShareShops offers a hands on workshop on cave photography. Spend 2 1/2 hours photographing the amazing formations and stream of Cascade Cavern. Lighting will be provided but bring your DSLR, tripod, a couple of small flashlights with fresh batteries and a cable release and learn how to get the best images in the darkest of places. This is best suited for intermediate to advanced photographers with interchangeable lens cameras.

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Friday 10:00am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #11: Carter City Connection - Level: 3 - Duration: 5 hours - Limit: 18 people - 12 Spots Open

This is an extensive cave system with many dusty crawling and walking passageways. The dust will be flying in the crawls so if you have breathing problems this is not the trip for you. Highlights include encountering the famous Bills Crawl, a 100 ft. belly crawl utilizing only your elbows and toes. The trip to the cave entrance is a 300 ft. climb up a 30 degree banking, so you should be in good health to participate in this trip and have past caving experience. This cave is one with a long history including a short stint as a commercial cave in the late 1800s. In case of cold weather, it is suggested you wear a coat to the cave entrance and leave it until the return. Note: 20 miles of car travel roundtrip. These caves are on private property and we have permission to visit them during Winter Adventure Weekend Only!

You need: Helmet, Chin Strap, Headlamp, 2 Extra Lights, Ankle-High Boots, Knee Pads, Gloves And More.

Extra Fee: $5.00 - Meets as lodge. Transportation required.




Friday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #12: A Dummies Guide to Water Treatment for the Backpacker - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

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 Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 10:00am    Pine TreePine TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #13: Tygart's Creek Regretta - Level: 4 - Duration: 6 hours - Limit: 12 people - 9 Spots Open

This is a 6-mile canoe trip that navigates you through the Tygarts Creek Gorge. Kentucky's most scenic limestone gorge. You will be on the creek for at least 3.5 hours. It is cold and wet, especially if you swamp! Because of the remoteness of the gorge and limited access, there is no turning back once you start. Needless to say this trip is not for beginners. Canoes, paddles, and vests will be provided. You should bring water, lunch or a snack for we will be eating lunch along the creek. Required Equipment includes the correct attire for cold weather paddling, a wet or dry suit is highly recommended, if not you are required to have a complete change of clothes in a dry bag. There are no exceptions to the required equipment, and the trip leaders can remove you from the trip if you do not meet the requirements. This trip can be canceled if the creek is frozen over. If this happens you can cancel your registration and receive a full refund or we can register you for other trips during the weekend.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Friday 10:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #14: Hot Chocolate 5K Fun Run or Walk - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

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. Transportation required.




Friday 10:30am    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #15: A Visit to Cascade Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 60 people - 34 Spots Open

Cascade Cave is one of the largest of over 200 caves in Carter County and is noted for its large chambers and numerous cave formations. Set your sights on the reflecting pool in the Lake Room, and the geologic diversity of the Cathedral Room. Finally entice yourself with our majestic 30-feet high underground waterfall. This is a commercially lit walking tour of the cave.

You need: Old Clothes, Flashlight, Extra Batteries, Ankle-High Shoes, Gloves And More.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Friday 12:00pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #16: Buckeye Trail Adventure Book Signing - Level: 1 - Duration: 2.5 hours - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

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

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 1:00pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #17: A Visit to X-Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 30 people - 30 Spots Open

X-Cave has two vertical joint passages that meander through a large layer of limestone, which puts you up-close to many beautiful cave formations. Some of the highlighted features include turkey rock, the pipe organ, and the giant column, which is the largest cave formation found at the park. Be aware of your surroundings and you will discover how this cave became known as "X-Cave." This is a commercially lit walking tour of the cave.

You need: Old Clothes, Flashlight, Extra Batteries, Ankle-High Shoes, Gloves And More.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Friday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #18: Intro to Rock Climbing - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 10 people - Trip Full

Join Asbury University Center for Adventure Leadership for an introduction to rock climbing experience on Kentucky Sandstone! This trip will teach basic technical skills and climbing techniques to safely climb in a top rope setting. All technical equipment will be provided, this includes harness, helmets, and shoes for each individual. Each participant needs to wear comfortable shoes to hike to the climb site with, and bring water and a snack with them for the day. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will be required to sign an additional waiver to participate in this trip. Minors must have a legal guardian there to sign the waiver. Dowload Waiver form here: Rock Climbing Waiver

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Friday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #19: Smoky Bridge Highline Ride - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 18 people - 4 Spots Open

Now that you have tried moving up and down a rope, how about cruising across one? That's right. A high-line over 200 feet long will be stretched across the gorge down behind the lodge. We will strap you in for a ride to remember as you drop 40 feet in elevation and cruise by the park's largest natural arch, Smoky Bridge. Make sure you bring your cameras for some great photo opportunities. For your safety and comfort, there is a weight limit of 250 lbs, however you must also fit in the harness per manufacturer's safety guidelines.

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #20: Down For Dummies Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 12 people - 1 Spot Open

Would you like to try rappelling? Here's your chance. No experience will be necessary. This will NOT be a "how to" workshop. You will be given basic instructions, put on the rope, and monitored on the descent. The rappel location is very scenic and is guaranteed to make you pucker before your 50-foot descent. For your safety and comfort, there is a weight limit of 250 lbs, however you must also fit in the harness per manufacturer's safety guidelines.

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #21: Up For Idiots Rope Climb - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - 10 Spots Open

Now that you have rappelled into the pit, you have to get out, right? This trip will give you a taste of what is needed to ascend out of that pit that you may someday find yourself at the bottom of. You will be introduced to a basic system of rope ascending commonly used by cavers, and you will get a chance to do a rope climb. These same techniques are used whether you need to climb 12 feet or 1200 feet. Down for Dummies may get you to the bottom, but you will need us to get you out! We will provide you with all necessary equipment including a climbing system and helmet.

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 1:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #22: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - 9 Spots Open

New for 2018 since the 2017 event weather was balmy! Have you watched figure skating or hockey on TV and always wanted to learn to skate? Or do you already know how to skate and want to learn some tricks, such as jumps or spins, to impress your friends? Sign-up for a 1-hour skating lesson taught by a former high-level figure skater and national-level US Figure Skating coach. Very limited sizes in skates will be available, please bring your own if you own any. Helmets are REQUIRED for kids under 13 (not provided), bicycle helmets work perfectly. US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. There will be a short walk from the lodge to the rink location. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #23: Cascade Gone Wild - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 19 Spots Open

Cascade Cave has been developed for commercial tours, but the fun begins when you head into the darkness and leave the tourist route behind. Participant will get a chance to walk the commercial routes and enjoy the formations along with scrambling over breakdown, attempting some duck walking, and experiencing some hand and knee crawls. Cascade is one of the largest caves found at park, and in my opinion, this tour is one of the best ways to appreciate its size. This tour, unlike the commercial tour, will cause some of those assorted aches and pains associated with caving.

You need: Helmet, Chin Strap, Headlamp, 2 Extra Lights, Ankle-High Boots, Knee Pads, Gloves And More.

Extra Fee: $5.00 - Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Friday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree   
Trip #24: Slacklining - Level: 2 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 12 people - Drop In

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 Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #25: Rope Climbing Competition - Level: 2 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

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 in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #26: Horn Hollow & Rimstone Cave Trip - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 18 Spots Open

Find some hidden secrets in these wild and once often-visited park caves. Dripping dome rooms, scalloped rock passages, huge breakdown, a belly-crawl connection between caves, and a room filled with dozens of mini bathtub-like dams are just a few of the treasures you'll discover. These caves contain active streams. Be prepared to have wet feet, wet hands, possibly more if you slip! Water bottle/snack suggested. Total outdoor hike of at least 1.5 miles required over hilly terrain, so be mindful of the weather and dress appropriately!

You need: Helmet, Chin Strap, Headlamp, 2 Extra Lights, Ankle-High Boots, Knee Pads, Gloves And More.

Extra Fee: $5.00 - Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Friday 2:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #27: Sandy Cave Flotilla - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 10 people - 8 Spots Open

Sandy Cave has a huge and long trunk passage that is part of the Cascade Cave system. It also provides some interesting areas that are accessed by crawling and climbing. The entrance is through a karst window with a 70-foot pool of deep water at its bottom. The guides intend to lower a john boat to the pool and offer a boat ride to dry land. This is subject to cancellation if potential flooding conditions occur. Participants must help carry the boat through the woods for 1/2 mile to the cave on Friday afternoon trip and from the cave on the 10:00 Sunday morning trip. This cave is only accessible during Winter Adventure Weekend!

You need: Helmet, Chin Strap, Headlamp, 2 Extra Lights, Ankle-High Boots, Knee Pads, Gloves And More.

Extra Fee: $5.00 - Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Friday 2:30pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #28: A Visit Cascade Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 60 people - 60 Spots Open

Cascade Cave is one of the largest of over 200 caves in Carter County and is noted for its large chambers and numerous cave formations. Set your sights on the reflecting pool in the Lake Room, and the geologic diversity of the Cathedral Room. Finally entice yourself with our majestic 30-feet high underground waterfall. This is a commercially lit walking tour of the cave.

You need: Old Clothes, Flashlight, Extra Batteries, Ankle-High Shoes, Gloves And More.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Friday 2:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #29: Smoky Bridge Highline Ride - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 18 people - 18 Spots Open

Now that you have tried moving up and down a rope, how about cruising across one? That's right. A high-line over 200 feet long will be stretched across the gorge down behind the lodge. We will strap you in for a ride to remember as you drop 40 feet in elevation and cruise by the park's largest natural arch, Smoky Bridge. Make sure you bring your cameras for some great photo opportunities. For your safety and comfort, there is a weight limit of 250 lbs, however you must also fit in the harness per manufacturer's safety guidelines.

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 2:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #30: Down For Dummies Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 12 people - 11 Spots Open

Would you like to try rappelling? Here's your chance. No experience will be necessary. This will NOT be a "how to" workshop. You will be given basic instructions, put on the rope, and monitored on the descent. The rappel location is very scenic and is guaranteed to make you pucker before your 50-foot descent. For your safety and comfort, there is a weight limit of 250 lbs, however you must also fit in the harness per manufacturer's safety guidelines.

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 2:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree   
Trip #31: Slacklining - Level: 2 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 12 people - Drop In

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 Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 2:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #32: Rope Climbing Competition - Level: 2 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

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 in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 3:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #33: Up For Idiots Rope Climb - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - 9 Spots Open

Now that you have rappelled into the pit, you have to get out, right? This trip will give you a taste of what is needed to ascend out of that pit that you may someday find yourself at the bottom of. You will be introduced to a basic system of rope ascending commonly used by cavers, and you will get a chance to do a rope climb. These same techniques are used whether you need to climb 12 feet or 1200 feet. Down for Dummies may get you to the bottom, but you will need us to get you out! We will provide you with all necessary equipment including a climbing system and helmet.

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 3:00pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #34: The Story of the Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 15 people - 15 Spots Open

Much has been discussed about the significant geology of Carter Caves. Join our residential old broke down caver as he reviews the most recent theories on what makes the Carter Caves area so special and unique. This trip will include a walk through X-Cave and a jaunt into the valley along Cave Branch. One highlight of the trip will include a walk through, Carter Caves Natural Bridge, the only natural bridge in Kentucky that supports a paved road.

You need: Old Clothes, Flashlight, Extra Batteries, Ankle-High Shoes, Gloves And More.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Friday 3:00pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #35: Backpacking 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - Drop In

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.

Follow Signs in front of lodge to Hilltop Room. No transportation required.




Friday 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #36: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

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 lobby to basement. No transportation required.




Friday 3:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #37: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - 8 Spots Open

New for 2018 since the 2017 event weather was balmy! Have you watched figure skating or hockey on TV and always wanted to learn to skate? Or do you already know how to skate and want to learn some tricks, such as jumps or spins, to impress your friends? Sign-up for a 1-hour skating lesson taught by a former high-level figure skater and national-level US Figure Skating coach. Very limited sizes in skates will be available, please bring your own if you own any. Helmets are REQUIRED for kids under 13 (not provided), bicycle helmets work perfectly. US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. There will be a short walk from the lodge to the rink location. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 3:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #38: Smoky Bridge Highline Ride - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 18 people - 15 Spots Open

Now that you have tried moving up and down a rope, how about cruising across one? That's right. A high-line over 200 feet long will be stretched across the gorge down behind the lodge. We will strap you in for a ride to remember as you drop 40 feet in elevation and cruise by the park's largest natural arch, Smoky Bridge. Make sure you bring your cameras for some great photo opportunities. For your safety and comfort, there is a weight limit of 250 lbs, however you must also fit in the harness per manufacturer's safety guidelines.

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 3:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #39: Down For Dummies Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 12 people - 1 Spot Open

Would you like to try rappelling? Here's your chance. No experience will be necessary. This will NOT be a "how to" workshop. You will be given basic instructions, put on the rope, and monitored on the descent. The rappel location is very scenic and is guaranteed to make you pucker before your 50-foot descent. For your safety and comfort, there is a weight limit of 250 lbs, however you must also fit in the harness per manufacturer's safety guidelines.

Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 3:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree   
Trip #40: Slacklining - Level: 2 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 12 people - Drop In

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 Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 3:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #41: Rope Climbing Competition - Level: 2 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

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 in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 3:30pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #42: Yoga in the Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.75 hours - Limit: 20 people - 3 Spots Open

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. Linda Salyer, Certified Yoga Instructor will be leading the class. 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.

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Friday 4:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #43: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

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 lobby to basement. No transportation required.




Friday 4:30pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #44: Walking Cave: X-Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 30 people - 22 Spots Open

X-Cave has two vertical joint passages that meander through a large layer of limestone, which puts you up-close to many beautiful cave formations. Some of the highlighted features include turkey rock, the pipe organ, and the giant column, which is the largest cave formation found at the park. Be aware of your surroundings and you will discover how this cave became known as "X-Cave." This is a commercially lit walking tour of the cave.

You need: Old Clothes, Flashlight, Extra Batteries, Ankle-High Shoes, Gloves And More.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Friday 4:30pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #45: Deadly or Beautiful? You Be the Judge! - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

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, it's ok. There are plenty of seats in the back!

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 5:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #46: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. New for 2018 since the 2017 event weather was balmy! 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 in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 5:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #47: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

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 lobby to basement. No transportation required.




Friday 6:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #48: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. New for 2018 since the 2017 event weather was balmy! 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 in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 6:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #49: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

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 lobby to basement. No transportation required.




Friday 7:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #50: Campfire Social - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

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.

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 7:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #51: Carbide Lamp Trip - Level: 2 - Duration: 2.5 hours - Limit: 8 people - Trip Full

Take a trip into Cascade Cave and see it like the old timer's (e.g. John Tierney) back in the day. We will go caving in Cascade Cave with only carbide lamps, and ONLY old-style carbide lamps. No newer type carbide generators, LED's or battery-powered lamps will be allowed. This trip will show you how the cave looked to the early explorers of the area when all they had was flame-type carbide lamps. We will tell you the history of the carbide lamp and how its simple design brought dependable light to miners and cavers throughout Kentucky back in the early 1900's. We will show you the exact spot where back in 1923, John Tierney scared a hibernating bear and then accidently blew out his carbide lamp and was stuck in the cave for two days until he was rescued by park staff. This is but one of many stories associated with this cave. If you have an older type carbide cap lamp that is in working order please bring it. We will also supply carbide lamps for the rest of the group to use. There will be some stooping, bending and crawling involved so level 2 caving equipment is required minus the lights.

You need: Helmet, Chin Strap, Headlamp, 2 Extra Lights, Ankle-High Boots, Knee Pads, Gloves And More.

Extra Fee: $5.00 - Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Friday 7:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #52: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

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 lobby to basement. No transportation required.




Friday 8:00pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #53: Keynote Presentation: Ten Days, Five Volcanoes, The Trek to 17,000ft - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

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 & 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 Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 8:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #54: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

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 lobby to basement. No transportation required.




Friday 9:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #55: Mock Expedition Overnight - Level: 2 - Duration: 9.5 hours - Limit: 30 people - 5 Spots Open

Prepare for an expedition into the depths of the earth and your imagination. We'll take a mock multi-day cave expedition to a base camp in the ancient cave system of the Cascades. Cavers will team up with Sherpa's to setup a deep base camp as we spend one Friday night in the cavern. Once camp is set we will take off and do some exploring of the unknown passages that lies ahead. We will likely encountering passages requiring stooping bending and crawling so level 2 cave gear is required. All overnight gear is to be supplied by the participant including a required 3 sources of light. Gear must be limited to cold weather camping gear and a tarp or piece of plastic to keep your gear on. Bring caving stories, caving questions, and caving lies to share around the base camp. All participants 17yrs and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, no exceptions!

You need: Helmet, Chin Strap, Headlamp, 2 Extra Lights, Ankle-High Boots, Knee Pads, Gloves And More.

Extra Fee: $20.00 - Meets at lodge . Transportation required.




Friday 9:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #56: WAW Friday Night Live - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Join other winter adventurers tonight in the Fields facility for an evening of socializing. The Squeezebox will be open, we'll have the giant stack'em blocks up, slack lines, a few corn hole games, and the highly anticipated arrival of the caver sarlacc! A brand new way to test your adventure skills at W.A.W. Don't miss out on a great way to experience this event with other participants.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 9:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #57: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. New for 2018 since the 2017 event weather was balmy! 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 in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.