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


Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky


All Sunday Field Trips

 

List of all Sunday field trips and descriptions.





Sunday 8:30am    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #171: History Of Mine Lighting - Level: 1 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 10 people - 2 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.




Sunday 8:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #172: Practicing Leave No Trace with Winter Recreation and Caving - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 20 people - 18 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.




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 TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #175: 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.




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 9:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #177: 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.




Sunday 9:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #178: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. New for 2018 since the 2017 event weather was balmy! Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink. Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways. Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided). US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

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




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 Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #183: X-Cave Flashlight Tour - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 25 people - 25 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.




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 TreePine Tree    Mountain bike and helmet required.
Trip #187: Intermediate Mountain Biking - Level: 3 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - 10 Spots Open

We will be taking a ride on a section of the Kiser Hollow Trail,the parks longest multi-use trail at 8.6 miles. The terrain will have changes in elevation and can be rocky and steep in places. This ride will be shorter in length than the advanced mountain bike ride and should last about an hour depending on rest breaks. No rider will be left behind on these trail rides and riders will be encouraged to push their bikes if they are uncomfortable on sections of the trail. Helmets are required for this trip. Bring your own mountain bike. Bikes not provided.

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Sunday 10:00am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Mountain bike and helmet required.
Trip #188: Advanced Mountain Biking - Level: 3 - Duration: 2.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - 9 Spots Open

We will be taking a ride covering most of the Kiser Hollow Trail, the park longest multi-use trail at 8.6 miles. The terrain will have changes in elevation and can be rocky, steep and treachorous in places. This ride will be longer in length than the intermediate mountain bike ride and should last about an 2 - 2.5 hours depending on riders preferences on distance. No rider will be left behind on these trail rides and riders will be encouraged to push their bikes if they are uncomfortable on sections of the trail. Helmets are required for this trip. Bring your own mountain bike. Bikes not provided.

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Sunday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #189: All about Oaks - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 15 people - 12 Spots Open

Ever seen that acorn tree? Have you been searching to long? Well that is because acorns come from Oak trees not Acorn trees. There are many Oak species found at Carter Caves and they provide many benefits to the animals and the forest in which they reside. Discover how to distinguish between the different species of oaks and find out why wildlife seem to hover around white oaks over other species of oaks.

Meet at lodge. No transportation required.




Sunday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #190: Campfire Cookin Is Fun - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 12 people - 12 Spots Open

Have you ever wanted to cook over a campfire? People have been cooking over open fires for centuries. This trip gives you the opportunity to learn how to season cast iron ware, how to tell the temperature inside a Dutch oven, what types of cookware can be used on an open fire, and how to cook over an open fire. Each participant will have the opportunity to prepare a hoecake, and you will receive several recipes to take home with you. No equipment or experience is needed. All materials are supplied. Bring your appetite. This trip is indoors and uses a fireplace inside the Welcome Center meeting room.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Sunday 10:00am    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #191: Knot Your Daddy's Knot Class - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - 15 Spots Open

This is knot to be missed!! There are countless knot tying books out there, but they can be frustrating to learn from. They don't show you practical uses for the knots they teach, sometimes the pictures are not clear, and there are 1000s of knots out there, which makes it hard to decide what knots to learn. Come alleviate your frustrations by joining us for a hands-on introduction to the knots that every caver, climber and outdoor enthusiast should know. No equipment or transportation is required. Follow signs from the lobby of the lodge.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No 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 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #193: 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.




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 10:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #195: Canoe Camping 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 25 people - 24 Spots Open

Join Canoe KY for a informational session on basic canoe camping. Learn tips and trick for packing high and dry for a night or a week on the water. This will be hands on with gear and will be a great time to ask questions. Perfect for the beginner to intermittent canoe camper, families looking to get their feet wet and those needing some simple hacks for the water.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Sunday 10:30am    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #196: 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.




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.




Sunday 11:00am    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #198: Knot Your Daddy's Knot Class - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - 15 Spots Open

This is knot to be missed!! There are countless knot tying books out there, but they can be frustrating to learn from. They don't show you practical uses for the knots they teach, sometimes the pictures are not clear, and there are 1000s of knots out there, which makes it hard to decide what knots to learn. Come alleviate your frustrations by joining us for a hands-on introduction to the knots that every caver, climber and outdoor enthusiast should know. No equipment or transportation is required. Follow signs from the lobby of the lodge.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Sunday 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #199: 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.




Sunday 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #200: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. New for 2018 since the 2017 event weather was balmy! Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink. Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways. Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided). US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

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




Sunday 1:00pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #201: A Visit to X-Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 25 people - 25 Spots Open

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

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

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.