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


Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky


All Saturday Morning Field Trips

 

List of all Saturday morning field trips and descriptions.





Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #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 Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #51: History Of Mine Lighting - Level: 1 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 10 people - 1 Spot 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.

Required Equipment:
Two lights.
Shoes with good tread.
Old clothes and gloves.


Meets at lodge . Transportation required.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #52: Key Features of Karst Landscapes - Level: 3 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 5 Spots Open

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

Meets at lodge . No transportation required.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #53: Have An Ice Day - Level: 3 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 8 people - 2 Spots Open

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

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine Tree    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 TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #57: Carter City Connection - Level: 3 - Duration: 5 hours - Limit: 18 people - 1 Spot Open

This is an extensive cave system with many dusty crawling and walking passageways. The dust will be flying in the crawls so if you have breathing problems this is not the trip for you. Highlights include encountering the famous Bills Crawl, a 100 ft. belly crawl utilizing only your elbows and toes. The trip to the cave entrance is a 300 ft. climb up a 30 degree banking, so you should be in good health to participate in this trip and have past caving experience. This cave is one with a long history including a short stint as a commercial cave in the late 1800s. In case of cold weather, it is suggested you wear a coat to the cave entrance and leave it until the return. Note: 20 miles of car travel roundtrip. These caves are on private property and we have permission to visit them during Winter Adventure Weekend Only!

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 as lodge. Transportation required.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #58: 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!

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    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 Tree   
Trip #60: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - 7 Spots Open

Registration Required! This trip does not count towards your 3-trip limit on Saturday, but you must register to participate. Do you like tight places? Come find out just how tight of a space you can mentally and physically squeeze through. Due to the nature of their amusement, cavers have always wondered how tight of a place they can fit through. That was when the squeeze box was invented and later constructed. Here is the way it works. There will be 2 different categories: adult competition (15 years & up) and the kid's competition (6-14 years). We will have preliminary rounds from 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm on Saturday in the Fields Facility of the Lodge. Adult competitors must register for a squeezebox trip on Saturday to attempt to qualify for the finals held on Saturday night. In the adult competition, the top four male contenders along with the top four female contenders in each weight class will advance to the finals. The winners in each adult category will receive a t-shirt, sign the squeeze box, and best of all have bragging rights until next years competition. Adult finalist will be posted in the lobby by 5:00pm. In the kid's competition, kids ages 6-14 years must register for one of the preliminary rounds on Saturday to be in the competition. We have set different categories for children and will keep track of the records throughout the day. The child that squeezes through the box at the lowest height in each weight category will be determined the winner. The winners of the kid's squeeze box competition will be posted by 5:00pm in the lobby of the lodge. Kid's competition winners in each weight category will win a trophy. The trophies will be awarded before the adult squeeze box competition.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. 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 9:00am    Pine TreePine TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #63: Tygart's Creek Regretta - Level: 4 - Duration: 7 hours - Limit: 12 people - 6 Spots Open

This is a 9.5-mile canoe trip that navigates you through the Tygarts Creek Gorge. Kentucky's most scenic limestone gorge. This trip is 3.5 miles longer than past trips and you will be on the creek for at least 5.5 hours. It is cold and wet, especially if you swamp! Because of the remoteness of the gorge and limited access, there is no turning back once you start. Needless to say this trip is not for beginners. Canoes, paddles, and vests will be provided. You should bring water, lunch or a snack for we will be eating lunch along the creek. Required Equipment includes the correct attire for cold weather paddling, a wet or dry suit is highly recommended, if not you are required to have a complete change of clothes in a dry bag. There are no exceptions to the required equipment, and the trip leaders can remove you from the trip if you do not meet the requirements. This trip can be canceled if the creek is frozen over. If this happens you can cancel your registration and receive a full refund or we can register you for other trips during the weekend.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 9:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #64: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 0 people - Trip Full

New for 2017. Have you watched figure skating or hockey on TV and always wanted to learn to skate? Or do you already know how to skate and want to learn some tricks, such as jumps or spins, to impress your friends? Sign-up for a 1-hour skating lesson taught by a former high-level figure skater and national-level US Figure Skating coach. Very limited sizes in skates will be available, please bring your own if you own any. Helmets are REQUIRED for kids under 13 (not provided), bicycle helmets work perfectly. US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. There will be a short walk from the lodge to the rink location. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 9:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #65: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Kentucky's longest cardboard cave! This is an EXTREME cardboard maze that is adventurous for both adults and kids. You will encounter extensive crawling passages and some constrictive spaces during this trip. The passages simulate conditions often encountered by cavers in the area's wild caves. Bring a light (NOT carbide!) but leave your shoes and helmet behind. Dress lightly since crawling through the Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave can be strenuous and stuffy. Kneepads are a good option if you have them. We allow 10 people maximum in the cave at one time; therefore a short wait may occur. Children 10 years old and under need parental supervision in order to participate.

Follow signs from lobby to basement. No transportation required.




Saturday 9:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #66: Slacklining - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Slacklining is a balance activity using nylon webbing tensioned between two anchor points. A slackline remains distinct from a tightrope because the line is not taut but stretches and bounces like a long and narrow trampoline. The birth of slacklining is closely linked to the legendary Camp 4 of Yosemite Valley, which was the center of rock climbing development. In the late 1960s these climbers started to pass their leisure time by balancing on barrier chains and later upgraded to one and two inch nylon webbing. We will be using a 10-foot long slackrack system that puts you a foot off the ground. No equipment is needed although tight fitting shoes are helpful, or you can go barefoot.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 9:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #67: Geocaching 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - Trip Full

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

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 9:30am    Pine 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 Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #69: Flashlight Tour Of X-Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 25 people - Trip Full

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.

Required Equipment:
Two lights.
Shoes with good tread.
Old clothes and gloves.


Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 9:30am    Pine Tree   
Trip #70: Winter Survival Workshop - Level: 1 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 25 people - 1 Spot Open

Winter survival will involve the fundamentals of survival methodology and mindset. This workshop will include practical application and skill building for specifics including shelter, fire basics, water, food, and signaling. You will be outside during this workshop so dress appropriately for the weather elements.

Meets in Recreation Shelter at Campground. 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 TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #73: Tar Kiln Trek - Level: 3 - Duration: 6 hours - Limit: 15 people - 3 Spots Open

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

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 #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 TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #78: BYOK - Paddle Trip - Level: 4 - Duration: 7 hours - Limit: 12 people - 1 Spot Open

Paddle your way on this 9.5-mile KAYAK trip that navigates you through the Tygarts Creek Gorge. Kentucky's most scenic limestone gorge. This trip is 3.5 miles longer than past trips and you will be on the creek for at least 5.5 hours. It is cold and wet, especially if you flip your boat! Needless to say this trip is not for beginners! If you have not figured it out BYOK stands for bring your own kayak. The park provides the transportation shuttle from the Welcome Center and guides for your trip down Tygarts Creek. Required equipment includes; kayak, paddle, PFD (life jacket), helmet and the correct attire for cold weather paddling. A wet or dry suit is highly recommended, if not you are REQUIRED to have a complete change of clothes in a dry bag. There is no exceptions to the required equipment, and the trip leaders can remove you from the trip if you do not meet the requirements. Bring a pack lunch or snacks for we will be stopping for lunch on the creek. We will load your kayaks on our trailer at the Welcome Center then head for the put in point. This trip can be canceled if the creek is frozen over. If this happens you can cancel your registration and receive a full refund or we can register you for other trips during the weekend.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #79: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - 9 Spots Open

Registration Required! This trip does not count towards your 3-trip limit on Saturday, but you must register to participate. Do you like tight places? Come find out just how tight of a space you can mentally and physically squeeze through. Due to the nature of their amusement, cavers have always wondered how tight of a place they can fit through. That was when the squeeze box was invented and later constructed. Here is the way it works. There will be 2 different categories: adult competition (15 years & up) and the kid's competition (6-14 years). We will have preliminary rounds from 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm on Saturday in the Fields Facility of the Lodge. Adult competitors must register for a squeezebox trip on Saturday to attempt to qualify for the finals held on Saturday night. In the adult competition, the top four male contenders along with the top four female contenders in each weight class will advance to the finals. The winners in each adult category will receive a t-shirt, sign the squeeze box, and best of all have bragging rights until next years competition. Adult finalist will be posted in the lobby by 5:00pm. In the kid's competition, kids ages 6-14 years must register for one of the preliminary rounds on Saturday to be in the competition. We have set different categories for children and will keep track of the records throughout the day. The child that squeezes through the box at the lowest height in each weight category will be determined the winner. The winners of the kid's squeeze box competition will be posted by 5:00pm in the lobby of the lodge. Kid's competition winners in each weight category will win a trophy. The trophies will be awarded before the adult squeeze box competition.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. 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 10:00am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #82: Fern & Flood Caves - Level: 3 - Duration: 4 hours - Limit: 11 people - 11 Spots Open

These are two interesting wet caves with some nice cave formations. Flood cave starts with a belly crawl entrance and opens into a nice walking passage. Hands and knee crawling as well as light climbing are required for the trip. Fern cave starts with a plunge into at least 3 feet of water in the entrance passageway. There is virtually no walking passage in fern cave considering the majority of the trip you will be straddling a water filled canyon. A 20-foot ladder climb is required to access the really pretty upper level of the cave. The trip requires about a 20-minute hike through some steep terrain. These caves are on private property and we have permission to visit it only 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. No transportation required.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #83: Bat Cave Extra Extreme - Level: 3 - Duration: 5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Trip Full

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

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 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #84: Backpacking 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 2.5 hours - Limit: 20 people - 6 Spots Open

Backpacking is an activity that gets you about as close to nature as you can get. If you are new to backpacking or thinking about looking for an outdoor activity to pursue this workshop fits the bill. Take part in a interactive discussion of the do and don'ts of multi day backpacking trips. Topics to include trip preparation & planning, safety, training, gear, packing your pack, food options and basic navigation. If you have a backpack and gear bring it with you to show off. We can show you how to properly adjust your pack to yourself and we will show different examples of equipment available.

Meets in the Grayson room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #85: Mug Ruggin' It - Level: 1 - Duration: 0.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

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

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #86: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Kentucky's longest cardboard cave! This is an EXTREME cardboard maze that is adventurous for both adults and kids. You will encounter extensive crawling passages and some constrictive spaces during this trip. The passages simulate conditions often encountered by cavers in the area's wild caves. Bring a light (NOT carbide!) but leave your shoes and helmet behind. Dress lightly since crawling through the Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave can be strenuous and stuffy. Kneepads are a good option if you have them. We allow 10 people maximum in the cave at one time; therefore a short wait may occur. Children 10 years old and under need parental supervision in order to participate.

Follow signs from lobby to basement. No transportation required.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #87: Slacklining - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Slacklining is a balance activity using nylon webbing tensioned between two anchor points. A slackline remains distinct from a tightrope because the line is not taut but stretches and bounces like a long and narrow trampoline. The birth of slacklining is closely linked to the legendary Camp 4 of Yosemite Valley, which was the center of rock climbing development. In the late 1960s these climbers started to pass their leisure time by balancing on barrier chains and later upgraded to one and two inch nylon webbing. We will be using a 10-foot long slackrack system that puts you a foot off the ground. No equipment is needed although tight fitting shoes are helpful, or you can go barefoot.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 10:30am    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #88: Visit To Cascade Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 60 people - 54 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.

Required Equipment:
Two lights.
Shoes with good tread.
Old clothes and gloves.


Meets at Welcome Center. 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 Tree   
Trip #92: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - 9 Spots Open

Registration Required! This trip does not count towards your 3-trip limit on Saturday, but you must register to participate. Do you like tight places? Come find out just how tight of a space you can mentally and physically squeeze through. Due to the nature of their amusement, cavers have always wondered how tight of a place they can fit through. That was when the squeeze box was invented and later constructed. Here is the way it works. There will be 2 different categories: adult competition (15 years & up) and the kid's competition (6-14 years). We will have preliminary rounds from 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm on Saturday in the Fields Facility of the Lodge. Adult competitors must register for a squeezebox trip on Saturday to attempt to qualify for the finals held on Saturday night. In the adult competition, the top four male contenders along with the top four female contenders in each weight class will advance to the finals. The winners in each adult category will receive a t-shirt, sign the squeeze box, and best of all have bragging rights until next years competition. Adult finalist will be posted in the lobby by 5:00pm. In the kid's competition, kids ages 6-14 years must register for one of the preliminary rounds on Saturday to be in the competition. We have set different categories for children and will keep track of the records throughout the day. The child that squeezes through the box at the lowest height in each weight category will be determined the winner. The winners of the kid's squeeze box competition will be posted by 5:00pm in the lobby of the lodge. Kid's competition winners in each weight category will win a trophy. The trophies will be awarded before the adult squeeze box competition.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. 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 Tree   
Trip #94: Blades of Glory 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 0 people - Trip Full

New for 2017. Have you watched figure skating or hockey on TV and always wanted to learn to skate? Or do you already know how to skate and want to learn some tricks, such as jumps or spins, to impress your friends? Sign-up for a 1-hour skating lesson taught by a former high-level figure skater and national-level US Figure Skating coach. Very limited sizes in skates will be available, please bring your own if you own any. Helmets are REQUIRED for kids under 13 (not provided), bicycle helmets work perfectly. US figure skating strongly recommends helmets for beginner skaters of all ages. There will be a short walk from the lodge to the rink location. This activity is, of course, weather dependent. Fingers crossed for icy cold weather!

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 11:00am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #95: Tar Kiln Trek - Level: 3 - Duration: 6 hours - Limit: 15 people - 4 Spots Open

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

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 11:00am    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 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #97: Mug Ruggin' It - Level: 1 - Duration: 0.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

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

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #98: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Kentucky's longest cardboard cave! This is an EXTREME cardboard maze that is adventurous for both adults and kids. You will encounter extensive crawling passages and some constrictive spaces during this trip. The passages simulate conditions often encountered by cavers in the area's wild caves. Bring a light (NOT carbide!) but leave your shoes and helmet behind. Dress lightly since crawling through the Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave can be strenuous and stuffy. Kneepads are a good option if you have them. We allow 10 people maximum in the cave at one time; therefore a short wait may occur. Children 10 years old and under need parental supervision in order to participate.

Follow signs from lobby to basement. No transportation required.




Saturday 11:00am    Pine Tree   
Trip #99: Slacklining - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 10 people - Drop In

Drop in. Slacklining is a balance activity using nylon webbing tensioned between two anchor points. A slackline remains distinct from a tightrope because the line is not taut but stretches and bounces like a long and narrow trampoline. The birth of slacklining is closely linked to the legendary Camp 4 of Yosemite Valley, which was the center of rock climbing development. In the late 1960s these climbers started to pass their leisure time by balancing on barrier chains and later upgraded to one and two inch nylon webbing. We will be using a 10-foot long slackrack system that puts you a foot off the ground. No equipment is needed although tight fitting shoes are helpful, or you can go barefoot.

Meets in Olive Hill Room of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 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.