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


Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky


All Saturday Morning Field Trips

 

List of all Saturday morning field trips and descriptions.





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 Tree   
Trip #60: Practicing Leave No Trace with Winter Recreation and Caving - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 20 people - 20 Spots Open

This is a hands-on, all-ages workshop presenting the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics as they apply to winter recreation and caving. Guided by two Leave No Trace Trainers, you will gain new insight on how to minimize your impact on the environment regardless of season or location. This isn't a lecture but a fun, interactive program that will take us into caves and onto trails designed to educate and enlighten! All participants will get souvenirs courtesy of the Trainers.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #61: History Of Mine Lighting - Level: 1 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 10 people - 4 Spots Open

Eastern KY has a rich and proud coal mining heritage. This trip will strive to show the participants what it was actually like to work in the mines with only the light of various flame lamps. From early clamshell lamps to carbide, the last flame lamp, this will be a history and hands on experience of how the miners did their hard work underground with barely enough light to see. We will have working original examples and explain the history of each type of mine light. You will see original photographs from the day of not only the miners, but also the kids as young as 6 years old that worked in the mines day in and day out. Trip will take place on the commercial routes of Cascade Cave. No Flashlights will be used, participants will be provided a carbide miners light (one light per two people) to light the path ahead.

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

Meets at lodge . Transportation required.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #62: Key Features of Karst Landscapes - Level: 3 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 16 Spots Open

During this four-mile hike, you will learn to decipher tell-tale surface features that are indicative of a dynamic sub-surface environment. Cave entrances, sinkholes, pits, shelters, springs, arches, and bridges will be featured on this scenic ramble. The hike follows the Three Bridges Trail, with several short off-trail ventures.

Meets at lodge . No transportation required.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #63: Have An Ice Day: Intro To Ice Climbing - Level: 3 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 8 people - Trip Full

Do you enjoy running with scissors? In the dark of winter, when your friends are longing for the beach, do you think it isn't cold enough? Does a quick glance in the deep freeze make you think about climbing? If you answered yes, you might need to try your hand at ice climbing. Learn about the unique tools and techniques used in scaling everything from frozen waterfalls to the highest peaks on Earth. Try your hand at setting ice screws, building an anchor by setting up a V-thread, and (weather permitting) do a little top roping on some of the frozen features that Carter County has to offer. Equipment provided, but you'll need warm clothes (especially gloves), sturdy (over the ankle) boots, and a smile (a big one). Personal transportation to site may be needed, depending on ice growth during the winter. In the event that conditions are not favorable for safe ice climbing, this trip will become a rock climbing trip in the new climbing area, with discussion of equipment and techniques applicable to ice climbing.

Meets at lodge. 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 TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #67: Carter City Connection - Level: 3 - Duration: 5 hours - Limit: 18 people - 3 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.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #68: Tygart Gorge Hike & Cave Trek - Level: 3 - Duration: 4 hours - Limit: 10 people - Trip Full

This hiking and caving trip will take you into the beautiful Tygart's Creek Gorge. This trip will consist of 1 1/2 hours of scenic hiking through rough terrain and steep inclines around Tygarts Creek. Along the way you will get to see two - three different wild caves. Skyscraper Cave is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful in Carter County. On this trip you will have to navigate through a very narrow canyon passage and a very tight S-turn side crawl for about 15-20ft. But the formation filled room at the end makes it well worth the crawl getting there. After Skyscraper Cave you will venture off to another cave or two found within the Tygarts Creek Gorge. The caves are 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 lodge. 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 TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #72: Tygart's Creek Regretta - Level: 4 - Duration: 6 hours - Limit: 12 people - 10 Spots Open

This is a 6-mile canoe trip that navigates you through the Tygarts Creek Gorge. Kentucky's most scenic limestone gorge. Youu 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.




Saturday 9:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #73: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - 10 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.




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 9:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #75: 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.




Saturday 9:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #76: Slacklining - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 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.




Saturday 9:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #77: Geocaching 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - 11 Spots Open

Chris Howard with Canoe Kentucky will help you learn the basics of geocaching. Bring your GPS or use your smart phone, but be ready for a great treasure hunt for the whole family! We will be inside to discuss the basics, but plan to be out in the elements for at least one hour during this clinic.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 9:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #78: Backpacking: Finding the Right Fit for YOU - Level: 1 - Duration: 2.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - 18 Spots Open

Backpacking is the perfect activity to escape the bustle of the modern world and enjoy the outdoors with a completely different lifestyle. This workshop is for both those that are new to backpacking and those who have completed some backpacking trips and desire to increase their knowledge and skills. Topics will include trip preparation/planning, safety, training, gear options, choosing/packing your pack, food/cooking options, wilderness etiquette and basic navigation. Interactive discussion and questions from the group will be welcome. Various types of backpacking gear will be shown and you are encouraged to bring your own pack and gear to the class for evaluation.

Follow Signs in front of lodge to Hilltop Room. No 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 Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #80: X-Cave Flashlight Tour - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 25 people - 24 Spots Open

View X-Cave in a way that most visitors do not - by flashlight only. We will turn out the commercial lights of the cave and cruise the passages with your flashlights. You can use your lights to discover the many cave formations that decorate the cave walls. A dependable light source is required for every participant. Keep your eyes peeled, and you may see some of the resident big brown bats hibernating in X-Cave.

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

Meets at Welcome Center. 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 TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #82: Tar Kiln Trek - Level: 3 - Duration: 6 hours - Limit: 15 people - 13 Spots Open

A BIG cave, with numerous entrances, and just getting there is a challenge. You'll hike about a half mile to the cave through cow pastures and steep sloping hills and maybe snow and ice, and then you must decide, "How wet do I really want to get?" Understand that eventually you'll be making that half mile hike back to your vehicle. Wet gear is recommended if you want to get really wet, but most will choose only to get their boots wet. There are only a few short necessary crawls, but for those of you that love to crawl, opportunities will be available. Bring a change of clothes for afterwards. NOTE: This trip attempts to avoid as much water as possible. NOTE: 25 miles of car travel round trip. The cave is on private property and we have permission to visit the cave only 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 #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 TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #87: BYOK - Paddle Trip - Level: 4 - Duration: 6 hours - Limit: 12 people - 11 Spots Open

Paddle your way on this 6 mile KAYAK 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 flip your boat! Needless to say this trip is not for beginners! If you have not figured it out BYOK stands for bring your own kayak. The park provides the transportation shuttle from the Welcome Center and guides for your trip down Tygarts Creek. Required equipment includes; kayak, paddle, PFD (life jacket), helmet and 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 is no exceptions to the required equipment, and the trip leaders can remove you from the trip if you do not meet the requirements. Bring a pack lunch or snacks for we will be stopping for lunch on the creek. We will load your kayaks on our trailer at the Welcome Center then head for the put in point. 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.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #88: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - 15 Spots Open

Registration Required! This trip does not count towards your 3-trip limit on Saturday, but you must register to participate. Do you like tight places? Come find out just how tight of a space you can mentally and physically squeeze through. Due to the nature of their amusement, cavers have always wondered how tight of a place they can fit through. That was when the squeeze box was invented and later constructed. Here is the way it works. There will be 2 different categories: adult competition (15 years & up) and the kid's competition (6-14 years). We will have preliminary rounds from 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm on Saturday in the Fields Facility of the Lodge. Adult competitors must register for a squeezebox trip on Saturday to attempt to qualify for the finals held on Saturday night. In the adult competition, the top four male contenders along with the top four female contenders in each weight class will advance to the finals. The winners in each adult category will receive a t-shirt, sign the squeeze box, and best of all have bragging rights until next years competition. Adult finalist will be posted on the squeezebox in the fields facility by 6:00pm. In the kid's competition, kids ages 6-14 years must register for one of the preliminary rounds on Saturday to be in the competition. We have set different categories for children and will keep track of the records throughout the day. The child that squeezes through the box at the lowest height in each weight category will be determined the winner. The winners of the kid's squeeze box competition will be posted by 6:00pm on the squeezebox in the fields facility. Kid's competition winners in each weight category will win a prize. The winners will be recognized and prizes awarded during the awards ceremony around 7pm in the Fields Facility.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. 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 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #91: Mug Ruggin' It - Level: 1 - Duration: 0.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Have some time to spare? Try your hand at the centuries old craft of weaving. You will have the opportunity to weave on a multi-harness floor loom, all materials will be provided and you will have a mug rug to take home with you. A mug rug is a smaller version of an Appalachian Rag Rug and is typically used as a coaster. This trip is open to all, no special equipment is needed. Donations for Friends of Carter Caves will be accepted.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #92: 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.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #93: Slacklining - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 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 Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #94: Buckeye Trail Adventure Book Signing - Level: 1 - Duration: 4 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.




Saturday 10:30am    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #95: A Visit to 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.




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 10:30am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #99: Bat Cave Extreme - Level: 3 - Duration: 4 hours - Limit: 10 people - 10 Spots Open

This trip will show you that Bat Cave does not have to be a cave for beginner cavers. On this trip you will visit most of the tight long crawl passages found within the cave. This trip consists of some walking passage, extended hand and knee crawls, rock scrambling, and belly crawls that will leave you wet, muddy, sore and exhausted.

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 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #100: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - 13 Spots Open

Registration Required! This trip does not count towards your 3-trip limit on Saturday, but you must register to participate. Do you like tight places? Come find out just how tight of a space you can mentally and physically squeeze through. Due to the nature of their amusement, cavers have always wondered how tight of a place they can fit through. That was when the squeeze box was invented and later constructed. Here is the way it works. There will be 2 different categories: adult competition (15 years & up) and the kid's competition (6-14 years). We will have preliminary rounds from 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm on Saturday in the Fields Facility of the Lodge. Adult competitors must register for a squeezebox trip on Saturday to attempt to qualify for the finals held on Saturday night. In the adult competition, the top four male contenders along with the top four female contenders in each weight class will advance to the finals. The winners in each adult category will receive a t-shirt, sign the squeeze box, and best of all have bragging rights until next years competition. Adult finalist will be posted on the squeezebox in the fields facility by 6:00pm. In the kid's competition, kids ages 6-14 years must register for one of the preliminary rounds on Saturday to be in the competition. We have set different categories for children and will keep track of the records throughout the day. The child that squeezes through the box at the lowest height in each weight category will be determined the winner. The winners of the kid's squeeze box competition will be posted by 6:00pm on the squeezebox in the fields facility. Kid's competition winners in each weight category will win a prize. The winners will be recognized and prizes awarded during the awards ceremony around 7pm in the Fields Facility.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. 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 Tree   
Trip #102: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - 10 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.




Saturday 11:00am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #103: Tar Kiln Trek - Level: 3 - Duration: 6 hours - Limit: 15 people - 15 Spots Open

A BIG cave, with numerous entrances, and just getting there is a challenge. You'll hike about a half mile to the cave through cow pastures and steep sloping hills and maybe snow and ice, and then you must decide, "How wet do I really want to get?" Understand that eventually you'll be making that half mile hike back to your vehicle. Wet gear is recommended if you want to get really wet, but most will choose only to get their boots wet. There are only a few short necessary crawls, but for those of you that love to crawl, opportunities will be available. Bring a change of clothes for afterwards. NOTE: This trip attempts to avoid as much water as possible. NOTE: 25 miles of car travel round trip. The cave is on private property and we have permission to visit the cave only 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 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 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #105: Mug Ruggin' It - Level: 1 - Duration: 0.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Have some time to spare? Try your hand at the centuries old craft of weaving. You will have the opportunity to weave on a multi-harness floor loom, all materials will be provided and you will have a mug rug to take home with you. A mug rug is a smaller version of an Appalachian Rag Rug and is typically used as a coaster. This trip is open to all, no special equipment is needed. Donations for Friends of Carter Caves will be accepted.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #106: 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.




Saturday 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #107: Slacklining - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 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.