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


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. Most of these trips stick to designated trail systems. 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 occassion 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    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #3: Horn Hollow & Rimstone Cave Trip - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 14 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!

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Friday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #14: Introduction 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.

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Friday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #15: Smoky Bridge High-Line Ride - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 18 people - 10 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.

Extra Fee: $3.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #16: Down For Dummies - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 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. Required equipment includes leather gloves. 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 #17: Up For Idiots - 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 the lodge to the climbing site. No transportation required.

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




Friday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #19: Cascade Gone Wild - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 8 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.

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Friday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree   
Trip #20: 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 Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #21: 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    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #22: Horn Hollow & Rimstone Cave Trip - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 2 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!

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Friday 2:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #23: 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 Friday afternoon trip and from the cave on the 10:00 Sunday morning trip. This cave is only accessible during Winter Adventure Weekend!

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Friday 2:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #26: Smoky Bridge High-Line 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.

Extra Fee: $3.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 2:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #27: Down For Dummies - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 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. Required equipment includes leather gloves. 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 #28: 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 Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 2:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #29: 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 #30: Up For Idiots - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - 3 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 the lodge to the climbing site. No transportation required.

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




Friday 3:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #32: Smoky Bridge High-Line Ride - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 18 people - 10 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.

Extra Fee: $3.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Friday 3:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #33: Down For Dummies - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Trip Full

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. Required equipment includes leather gloves. 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 #34: 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 Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Friday 3:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #35: 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 9:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #46: Mock Expedition Overnight - Level: 2 - Duration: 9.5 hours - Limit: 30 people - Trip Full

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!

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


Extra Fee: $15.00 - Meets at lodge . Transportation required.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #49: Down For Dummies - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Trip Full

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. Required equipment includes leather gloves. 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 #50: Up For Idiots - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - 1 Spot 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 the lodge to the climbing site. No transportation required.

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




Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #54: 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 Friday afternoon trip and from the cave on the 10:00 Sunday morning trip. This cave is only accessible during Winter Adventure Weekend!

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #55: 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.

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #56: Horn Hollow & Rimstone Cave Trip - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - Trip Full

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!

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #59: 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 #61: Smoky Bridge High-Line Ride - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - 2 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.

Extra Fee: $3.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 9:00am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #62: Recreational Tree Climbing - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Trip Full

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.




Saturday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #68: Down For Dummies - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Trip Full

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. Required equipment includes leather gloves. 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 #71: Introduction 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.

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Saturday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #72: Caving Lets Do It Right: Bat Cave Visit - Level: 2 - Duration: 2.5 hours - Limit: 25 people - 19 Spots Open

This trip is intended for new cavers and other interested persons. After a brief slide presentation and short lecture, 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 Grayson Room of the Lodge before going to the cave; a short drive to the cave is involved. Transportation needed to Bat Cave.

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


Meets in Grayson Room of the Lodge. Transportation required.




Saturday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #74: Cascade Gone Wild - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 3 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.

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Saturday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #75: 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!

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Saturday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #76: 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.

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Saturday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #77: 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 #80: Smoky Bridge High-Line Ride - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - 8 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.

Extra Fee: $3.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #81: Up For Idiots - 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 the lodge to the climbing site. No transportation required.

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




Saturday 10:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #89: Down For Dummies - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Trip Full

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. Required equipment includes leather gloves. 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 #90: Recreational Tree Climbing - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Trip Full

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.




Saturday 10:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #91: 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 #93: Smoky Bridge High-Line Ride - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - 9 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.

Extra Fee: $3.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 11:00am    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #96: Bat Cave Backdoor - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 9 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.

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Saturday 11:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #100: 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.

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Saturday 12:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #101: Smoky Bridge High-Line Ride - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 18 people - Trip Full

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.

Extra Fee: $3.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 12:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #104: Down For Dummies - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Trip Full

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. Required equipment includes leather gloves. 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 #105: Up For Idiots - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - 1 Spot 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 the lodge to the climbing site. No transportation required.

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




Saturday 12:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #108: The Lantern Tour - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 10 people - 1 Spot 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!

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Saturday 12:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #109: Bat Cave Backdoor - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 4 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.

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Saturday 12:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #110: 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 #112: Smoky Bridge High-Line Ride - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 18 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.

Extra Fee: $3.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #113: Recreational Tree Climbing - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Trip Full

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.




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #115: Horn Hollow & Rimstone Cave Trip - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 11 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!

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #120: Down For Dummies - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Trip Full

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. Required equipment includes leather gloves. 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   
Trip #122: A Walk In The Forest - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 15 people - 3 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.




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #123: Caving Do it Right: The Cave Hike - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 25 people - 19 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. On this trip, half the time will be spent above ground; be prepared to dress appropriately for the weather. You will need to sign up separately from the other Caving, Let's Do It Right trip held earlier in the day. Level 2 Cave equipment is required and your feet may get wet.

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #124: Introduction 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.

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #126: Cascade Kid Capers - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 14 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.

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #127: 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!

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #128: Bat Cave Backdoor - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 6 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.

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #129: 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 #131: Smoky Bridge High-Line 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.

Extra Fee: $3.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #132: Up For Idiots - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Trip Full

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 the lodge to the climbing site. No transportation required.

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




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #133: Cascade Gone Wild - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 2 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.

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #134: 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.

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree   
Trip #135: Cave Survey 101 - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 15 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.

Meets in Grayson Room of lodge. Transportation required.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #186: Horn Hollow & Rimstone Cave Trip - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 14 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!

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Saturday 2:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #139: Down For Dummies - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Trip Full

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. Required equipment includes leather gloves. 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 #140: Recreational Tree Climbing - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Trip Full

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.




Saturday 2:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #143: 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 #145: Smoky Bridge High-Line Ride - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - Trip Full

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.

Extra Fee: $3.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 3:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #149: Down For Dummies - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 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. Required equipment includes leather gloves. 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 #150: 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 #151: Up For Idiots - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Trip Full

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 the lodge to the climbing site. No transportation required.

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




Saturday 4:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #153: Smoky Bridge High-Line Ride - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - Trip Full

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.

Extra Fee: $3.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Sunday 9:00am    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #159: Horn Hollow & Rimstone Cave Trip - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 1 Spot 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!

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Sunday 9:00am    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #160: 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 the Friday afternoon trip and from the cave on the 10:00 Sunday morning trip. This cave is only accessible during Winter Adventure Weekend!

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Sunday 9:00am    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #161: Bat Cave Backdoor - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 10 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.

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Sunday 9:00am    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #163: Cascade Gone Wild - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 12 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.

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Sunday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree   
Trip #166: 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 #167: Introduction 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.

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Sunday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #168: Down For Dummies - Level: 2 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Trip Full

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. Required equipment includes leather gloves. 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 #169: Recreational Tree Climbing - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Trip Full

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.

Meets at lodge . No transportation required.




Sunday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #172: Cascade Kid Capers - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 17 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.

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Sunday 9:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #173: 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.

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Sunday 10:00am    Pine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #177: Sandy Cave Flotilla - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 10 people - 1 Spot 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!

Required Equipment:
Helmet with chin strap.
Three sources of light with one headlamp.
Knee pads and gloves.
Ankle-high boots.
Pack to carry supplies.
Old clothing.
Read More.


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




Sunday 10:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #179: Down For Dummies - Level: 2 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Trip Full

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. Required equipment includes leather gloves. 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 #181: Recreational Tree Climbing - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Trip Full

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.