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


Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky


All Level 2 Field Trips

 

Level 2:

These trips can expose you to the weather elements for a longer period of time. They are more strenuous and require more physical ability. Level 2 trips may last up to 3 hours in length. Level 2 caving trips visit undeveloped cave passages and offer longer periods of crawling through small, constricted passages. Extended periods of bending, stooping and on occasion belly crawling might be required. Wet conditions, which may or may not exist, can create the possibility of hypothermia.




Thursday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #3: Wandering Through Wilburn Cave - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 10 people - 5 Spots Open

Wilburn cave is located near the top of a big ridge. The trip to the cave entrance is a strenuous 250 foot climb up a 30 degree banking, so you should be in good health to participate in this trip. There is little to no walking passage found in the whole cave and it is known for plenty of nasty little crawls. At one point in the cave you will have to straddle over top of a 20 foot canyon to navigate through the passage. The cave is on private property and we have permission to visit the cave 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 at Welcome Center. Transportation provided.




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 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 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 3:30pm    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 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 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.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #58: Down For Dummies Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 12 people - 7 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.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #59: 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.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #64: Sandy Cave Flotilla - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 10 people - 4 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.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #65: Bat Cave Backdoor - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 14 Spots Open

While the bats are sleeping in the front of the cave, we will be entering into the back of the cave after a quarter mile hike to the cave entrance. Bat Cave is a completely wild cave with the exception of the cave gates. This trip is a combination of walking, duck walking, scrambling over breakdown piles, creek crossings, belly slides, and hand and knee crawls. You get the whole package with the cave being a combination of dry, muddy and wet. How wet you get depends on how merciful your guide is.

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.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #66: Horn Hollow & Rimstone Cave Trip - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 20 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.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #69: 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.




Saturday 9:00am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #70: Smoky Bridge Highline Ride - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - 17 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.




Saturday 9:00am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #71: Recreational Tree Climbing - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - 2 Spots Open

Like climbing trees? Recreational tree climbing is a popular high adventure activity that puts a twist to our backyard tree climbing pastime. We will cover what the traditional tree climbing schools are teaching, which is traditional double rope technique that involves using a modified hip thrust to pull themselves 20-40 feet off of the ground. The location will not only give you a great view, the classroom portion will be sheltered from the elements. Participants 15 years and under require parent or guardian supervision. Required equipment includes climbing appropriate gloves and warm clothing.

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




Saturday 9:00am    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #74: Introduction to Caving: Bat Cave Visit - Level: 2 - Duration: 2.5 hours - Limit: 25 people - 25 Spots Open

This trip is intended for new cavers and other interested persons. After a brief slide presentation and short discussion, we will take an easy trip into the back of Bat Cave. The group will travel approximately eight hundred feet into the cave, doing some walking over breakdown, some stoop-walking, and a short optional hands-and-knees crawl. The trip will include information on geology, bats, and caving techniques as well as a comparison and demonstration of basic caving equipment. There will be numerous opportunities for questions. Meets briefly in the Fields Facility of the Lodge before going to the cave; a short drive to the cave is involved. Transportation needed to Bat Cave.

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

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. Transportation required.




Saturday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #79: Down For Dummies Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 12 people - 5 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.




Saturday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #81: Intro to Rock Climbing - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 10 people - 1 Spot Open

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.




Saturday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #83: Cascade Gone Wild - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 16 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.




Saturday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #84: Sandy Cave Flotilla - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 10 people - 2 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 the 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.




Saturday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #85: Bat Cave Backdoor - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 16 Spots Open

While the bats are sleeping in the front of the cave, we will be entering into the back of the cave after a quarter mile hike to the cave entrance. Bat Cave is a completely wild cave with the exception of the cave gates. This trip is a combination of walking, duck walking, scrambling over breakdown piles, creek crossings, belly slides, and hand and knee crawls. You get the whole package with the cave being a combination of dry, muddy and wet. How wet you get depends on how merciful your guide is.

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.




Saturday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #86: 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.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #89: Smoky Bridge Highline Ride - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - 7 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.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #90: 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.




Saturday 10:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #96: 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.




Saturday 10:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #97: Recreational Tree Climbing - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - 10 Spots Open

Like climbing trees? Recreational tree climbing is a popular high adventure activity that puts a twist to our backyard tree climbing pastime. We will cover what the traditional tree climbing schools are teaching, which is traditional double rope technique that involves using a modified hip thrust to pull themselves 20-40 feet off of the ground. The location will not only give you a great view, the classroom portion will be sheltered from the elements. Participants 15 years and under require parent or guardian supervision. Required equipment includes climbing appropriate gloves and warm clothing.

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




Saturday 10:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #98: 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.




Saturday 11:00am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #101: Smoky Bridge Highline Ride - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 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.




Saturday 11:00am    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #104: Bat Cave Backdoor - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 20 Spots Open

While the bats are sleeping in the front of the cave, we will be entering into the back of the cave after a quarter mile hike to the cave entrance. Bat Cave is a completely wild cave with the exception of the cave gates. This trip is a combination of walking, duck walking, scrambling over breakdown piles, creek crossings, belly slides, and hand and knee crawls. You get the whole package with the cave being a combination of dry, muddy and wet. How wet you get depends on how merciful your guide is.

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.




Saturday 12:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #108: Smoky Bridge Highline Ride - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - 5 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.




Saturday 12:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #110: Down For Dummies Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 12 people - 5 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.




Saturday 12:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #111: Up For Idiots Rope Climb - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - 8 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.




Saturday 12:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #113: Carbide Lamp Cave Trip - Level: 2 - Duration: 2.5 hours - Limit: 8 people - 6 Spots Open

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.




Saturday 12:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #115: Sandy Cave Lantern Tour - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 10 people - 9 Spots Open

Tucked back in the woods of Carter Caves State Park is a cave that is noted for its large passages. Instead of electric light we will explore this cave, like the explorers of yore, in the soft ambiance of lantern light. Although you should bring your electric lights for safety purposes we request that they remain off during this trip. Past experience has shown us that adults appreciate this particular trip more than children. This is subject to cancellation if potential flooding conditions occur. 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.




Saturday 12:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #116: 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.




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #117: Recreational Tree Climbing - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - 8 Spots Open

Like climbing trees? Recreational tree climbing is a popular high adventure activity that puts a twist to our backyard tree climbing pastime. We will cover what the traditional tree climbing schools are teaching, which is traditional double rope technique that involves using a modified hip thrust to pull themselves 20-40 feet off of the ground. The location will not only give you a great view, the classroom portion will be sheltered from the elements. Participants 15 years and under require parent or guardian supervision. Required equipment includes climbing appropriate gloves and warm clothing.

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




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #119: 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.




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #120: 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.




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #121: Bat Cave Backdoor - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - Trip Full

While the bats are sleeping in the front of the cave, we will be entering into the back of the cave after a quarter mile hike to the cave entrance. Bat Cave is a completely wild cave with the exception of the cave gates. This trip is a combination of walking, duck walking, scrambling over breakdown piles, creek crossings, belly slides, and hand and knee crawls. You get the whole package with the cave being a combination of dry, muddy and wet. How wet you get depends on how merciful your guide is.

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.




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #125: Down For Dummies Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 12 people - 12 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.




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #126: Introduction to Caving: The Cave Hike - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 25 people - 25 Spots Open

The group will hike from the Welcome Center to the back entrance of Horn Hollow Cave, visiting other cave entrances and karst features during the trip. Caving techniques, equipment, how the caves formed, and associated geologic features will be discussed during the trip. A low 100-foot belly crawl in Horn Hollow Cave is optional. There will be a total of 1.5 miles hiking above ground; be prepared to dress appropriately for the weather and your feet may get wet in the cave.

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

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #127: 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.




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #129: Sandy Cave Flotilla - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 10 people - Trip Full

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 the 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.




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #130: 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.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #132: Smoky Bridge Highline Ride - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - 13 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.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #133: Up For Idiots Rope Climb - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - 7 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.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #134: Cascade Gone Wild - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 18 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.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #135: Bat Cave Backdoor - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - Trip Full

While the bats are sleeping in the front of the cave, we will be entering into the back of the cave after a quarter mile hike to the cave entrance. Bat Cave is a completely wild cave with the exception of the cave gates. This trip is a combination of walking, duck walking, scrambling over breakdown piles, creek crossings, belly slides, and hand and knee crawls. You get the whole package with the cave being a combination of dry, muddy and wet. How wet you get depends on how merciful your guide is.

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.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree   
Trip #136: Cave Survey 101 - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 18 Spots Open

Discover how caves are mapped. We will learn the basics of cave survey, and what function each survey team member performs. Then we will go into a cave and learn and practice how to read the instruments, as well as how to survey a cave passage by passage. We will also welcome those who have surveyed but would like to learn to sketch. Depending on the turn out, we may split the group by skill level so everyone is learning something new. Participants must have the required equipment for level 2 wild cave trips, visit the cave trip page of the website for details. Class is for ages 14 and up accompanied by an adult.

Follow Signs in front of lodge to Hilltop Room. Transportation required.




Saturday 2:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #140: Down For Dummies Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 12 people - 9 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.




Saturday 2:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #141: Recreational Tree Climbing - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - 9 Spots Open

Like climbing trees? Recreational tree climbing is a popular high adventure activity that puts a twist to our backyard tree climbing pastime. We will cover what the traditional tree climbing schools are teaching, which is traditional double rope technique that involves using a modified hip thrust to pull themselves 20-40 feet off of the ground. The location will not only give you a great view, the classroom portion will be sheltered from the elements. Participants 15 years and under require parent or guardian supervision. Required equipment includes climbing appropriate gloves and warm clothing.

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




Saturday 2:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #144: 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.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #146: Smoky Bridge Highline Ride - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - 20 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.




Saturday 3:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #154: Down For Dummies Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - 7 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.




Saturday 3:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #155: 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.




Saturday 3:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #156: Up For Idiots Rope Climb - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - 6 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.




Saturday 4:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #157: Smoky Bridge Highline Ride - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - 11 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.




Saturday 5:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree   
Trip #165: Friends of Carter Caves Silent Auction Open - Level: 2 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

The Friends of Carter Caves group is hosting a silent auction followed by a LIVE auction on Saturday night in the Fields Room of the Lodge. The auction items will be displayed on Saturday in the Fields Room for everyone to browse. We also have some awesome guided adventure trips being offered up! The silent auction will run from 3:00pm until 7:00pm on Saturday and the live auction will begin around 7:45pm. You won't want to miss it ? music, fellowship and FUN! Come prepared to bid! Cash, check and PayPal payments accepted. All proceeds benefit the Friends of The Carter Caves group, which is a Kentucky non-profit, 501(c)3, tax exempt organization funded by donations.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Sunday 9:00am    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #173: Girls Only Caving Adventure - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 12 people - 8 Spots Open

Calling all lady cavers! Join us underground for some much needed girl time. Be prepared for a 3/4 mile hike to the cave entrance. The caves are mostly walking and stooping, however there are some longer crawl passages. These caves contain active streams. Be prepared to have wet feet, wet hands, possibly more if you slip! Total outdoor hike of at least 1.5 miles required over hilly terrain, so be mindful of the weather and dress appropriately! No Boys Allowed!

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.




Sunday 9:00am    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #174: Sandy Cave Flotilla - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 10 people - 5 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 the 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.




Sunday 9:00am    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #176: Cascade Gone Wild - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 20 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.




Sunday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree   
Trip #179: A Walk In The Forest - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 15 people - 2 Spots Open

Come learn all about the amazing diversity of organisms that inhabit the Carter Caves forest. We will discuss everything from why some trees make good whiskey barrels and others do not to how to use different plants when the zombies come. This hike will be about 1.5 miles in length along the Horn Hollow Trail.

Meets at Welcome Center. No transportation required.




Sunday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #180: Intro to Rock Climbing - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 10 people - 2 Spots Open

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.




Sunday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #181: Down For Dummies Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 12 people - 10 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.




Sunday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #182: Recreational Tree Climbing - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - 8 Spots Open

Like climbing trees? Recreational tree climbing is a popular high adventure activity that puts a twist to our backyard tree climbing pastime. We will cover what the traditional tree climbing schools are teaching, which is traditional double rope technique that involves using a modified hip thrust to pull themselves 20-40 feet off of the ground. The 2015 location will not only give you a great view, the classroom portion will be sheltered from the elements. Participants 15 years and under require parent or guardian supervision. Required equipment includes climbing appropriate gloves and warm clothing.

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




Sunday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #184: Cascade Kid Capers - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 12 Spots Open

Tween and teen cavers out there will enjoy this down-and-dirty look inside one of Carter Caves' most highly-decorated commercial tour caves. We'll explore the usual tour route, then sample some of the more fun crawls, including a visit to a rarely seen natural entrance. Expect some mud, a little water and rocky crawls - some guided by other tween cavers. Ages 6 to 15, but we'll take parents too! In fact, all cavers MUST be accompanied by an adult, and we'll have activities suitable to different age groups.

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.




Sunday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #185: Bat Cave Backdoor - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 18 Spots Open

While the bats are sleeping in the front of the cave, we will be entering into the back of the cave after a quarter mile hike to the cave entrance. Bat Cave is a completely wild cave with the exception of the cave gates. This trip is a combination of walking, duck walking, scrambling over breakdown piles, creek crossings, belly slides, and hand and knee crawls. You get the whole package with the cave being a combination of dry, muddy and wet. How wet you get depends on how merciful your guide is.

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.




Sunday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #186: Horn Hollow & Rimstone Cave Trip - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 3 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.




Sunday 10:00am    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #192: Sandy Cave Flotilla - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 10 people - 6 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 the 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.




Sunday 10:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #194: Down For Dummies Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 12 people - 12 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.




Sunday 11:00am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #197: Recreational Tree Climbing - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - 9 Spots Open

Like climbing trees? Recreational tree climbing is a popular high adventure activity that puts a twist to our backyard tree climbing pastime. We will cover what the traditional tree climbing schools are teaching, which is traditional double rope technique that involves using a modified hip thrust to pull themselves 20-40 feet off of the ground. The location will not only give you a great view, the classroom portion will be sheltered from the elements. Participants 15 years and under require parent or guardian supervision. Required equipment includes climbing appropriate gloves and warm clothing.

Meets at lodge . No transportation required.