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8th Annual Winter Adventure Weekend - January 26-29, 2017


Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky


Friday Events

Friday Schedule of Events



7:00am - 10:30amBreakfast served in Tierney's Cavern Restaurant. ($)
7:45am - 9:30am Yoga In The Cave. Experience this unique environment to practice yoga in Cascade Cave. Relax your mind, move your body and breathe deeply as you stretch your limbs. This session will take you through basic yoga poses to prepare you for an active day in the great outdoors. We will be doing both standing and seated postures. No experience necessary. Dress for yoga and be prepared for a cave temperature of 55 degrees. Bring a yoga mat and a large beach towel or blanket to put under the yoga mat. You will want the towel or blanket to be larger than your mat so that you have room for your belongings. The cave floor consists of rock and dirt and may be damp or muddy in areas. The cave floor is mostly flat but is uneven in some areas. Yoga class itself is from 8:15-9:15am. Limited space sign up at the Front Desk of the Lodge upon arrival. This program meets at the lodge.

Your yoga leader is Linda Salyer. Linda is a Certified Yoga Instructor and a Wellness Guide for Outdoor Adventure Connection.
9:30am - 10:20am A Dummies Guide to Water Treatment for the Backpacker. Confused About All The Options To Treat Water in The Backcountry? Not Sure What To Choose? Learn The Facts! Selecting a water treatment system can be an overwhelming decision. There are many factors to consider, including method, effort, size, weight, treatment time and cost. In this workshop we will cover all the major types of water treatment options for the backpacker, day hiker and camper and what types of organisms each system is effective at eliminating. We will discuss the pros and cons of each method. We will give you advice on what to consider, what we think is the most important, and which products might be best for you. We'll also discuss why treating water in the backcountry is necessary, the common waterborne pathogens you'll encounter, how they make you ill and the symptoms of waterborne illnesses. Meets in Grayson Room of Lodge.

This workshop is taught by Andy Niekamp of Outdoor Adventure Connection. Andy is an expert in backpacking and has backpacked over 14,000 miles including the entire Appalachian Trail four times, Ohio's Buckeye Trail, Kentucky's Sheltowee Trace, Vermont's Long Trail, the Colorado Trail, Arkansas' Ozark Highlands Trail, Minnesota's Superior Hiking Trail and the Ohio To Erie Trail.
9:30am - 9:30pmRegistration Open. In Lobby of Lewis Caveland Lodge.
10:00am - 9:30pmField Trips
10:30am - 12:00pmHot Chocolate 5K Fun Run or Walk. Join us this morning to stretch your legs in a Hot Chocolate 5K run (or) walk through the park.  The out and back course starts and finishes at the horse-camp-parking lot and offers 3.1 miles of flat roadway to accommodate runners and walkers of all abilities.  Finishers will enjoy hot chocolate at the finish-line area. Restrooms are available at the start/finish-line area. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers. Meets at Horse Campground.
11:30am - 3:00pmLunch served in Tierney's Cavern Restaurant. ($)
1:30pm - 4:30pmSlacklining. Drop in. Slacklining is a balance activity using nylon webbing tensioned between two anchor points.  A slackline remains distinct from a tightrope because the line is not taut but stretches and bounces like a long and narrow trampoline.  The birth of slacklining is closely linked to the legendary Camp 4 of Yosemite Valley, which was the center of rock climbing development.  In the late 1960s these climbers started to pass their leisure time by balancing on barrier chains and later upgraded to one and two inch nylon webbing.  We will be using a 10-foot long slackrack system that puts you a foot off the ground.  No equipment is needed although tight fitting shoes are helpful, or you can go barefoot. Meets in Olive Hill Room.
1:30pm - 4:30pmRope Climbing Competition. Drop in. Would you like to know if you are the fastest rope climber at Winter Adventure Weekend? Well now is your chance to find out! WAW is hosting its fifth annual rope climbing competition this year. So come, compete and see just how good you really are. All of the required equipment will be provided for you, or you can bring your own complete climbing system, however the use of a seat harness is required and all personal equipment must pass a safety inspection at the site. Anything deemed unsafe will not be allowed to be used. The winners (and prizes) will be announced during the Saturday evening program. Follow signs from lodge to site.
4:00pm - 8:00pmDinner served in Tierney's Cavern Restaurant ($)
5:00pm - 7:30pmOpen Ice Skating. Drop in.  New for 2017!  Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink.  Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways.  Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided).  US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent.  Fingers crossed for icy cold weather! Follow signs from lodge to site.
5:00pm - 9:00pmKenny McCoy Corrugated Cave. Drop in. Kentucky's longest cardboard cave!  This is an EXTREME cardboard maze that is adventurous for both adults and kids.  You will encounter extensive crawling passages and some constrictive spaces during this trip. The passages simulate conditions often encountered by cavers in the area's wild caves.  Bring a light (NOT carbide!) but leave your shoes and helmet behind.  Dress lightly since crawling through the Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave can be strenuous and stuffy.  Kneepads are a good option if you have them. We allow 10 people maximum in the cave at one time; therefore a short wait may occur.  Children 10 years old and under need parental supervision in order to participate. Follow signs from the lobby to the basement.
7:00pm - 8:00pmCampfire Social. Get ready for a fun weekend, full of adventure, by relaxing around the campfire and roasting some marshmallows!  Meet and greet trip leaders, past participants and everyone else at this campfire social. Marshmallows provided by Carter Caves State Park. In front of the lodge.
8:00pm - 9:30pm Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story. Though many serious hikers know that Emma (Grandma) Gatewood became the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail (AT), they really do not know the rest of the story. Most people do not know that after she hiked the AT the first time, she went back and did it TWO more times. Most people do not know that she also hiked the Oregon Trail during its Bicentennial Celebration. Most people do not know that she was truly a visionary of the ultra-light hiking movement. Most people do not know that she raised 11 children. Most people do not know that she survived an abusive relationship. Most people do not know that by the time she retired, Emma had hiked more than 10,000 miles! Most people do not know Emma Gatewood at all! WAW is pleased to have as a guest at tonight's opening program, Peter Huston, award winning producer, writer, and director. Peter and his company,Film Effects, teamed up with Eden Valley Enterprises to tell Grandma Gatewood's story. Peter will be at tonight's program to introduce our viewing of TRAIL MAGIC. This will be a very special evening program you won't want to miss! Meets in Grayson Room of lodge.
9:30pm - 11:00pmOpen Ice Skating. Drop in.  New for 2017!  Come practice your skating skills on the newly constructed outdoor skating rink.  Skate with your family and friends in the open air and warm-up by the ringside bonfire. If you do not have skates no problem come play on the ice anyways.  Kids 12yrs old and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for kids 12yrs and under (not provided).  US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. This activity is, of course, weather dependent.  Fingers crossed for icy cold weather! Follow signs from lodge to site.
9:30pm - 11:00pmJam Session. Drop in. After the evening's opening program, join some of our local musicians for an impromptu jam session in the Fields Facility. Any and all pickers and/or singers are welcome! It will be a round robin style jam, if you've got a song, great, if not, we'll get you on the next go around. Not a musician? Drop in and listen for a little bit. Meets in Grayson Room of lodge.