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


Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky


All Saturday Afternoon Field Trips

 

List of all Saturday afternoon field trips and descriptions.





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 12:00pm    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #102: Fern & Flood Caves - Level: 3 - Duration: 4 hours - Limit: 11 people - 4 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 12:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #103: 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 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 Tree    Wild Cave Trip
Trip #106: Carbide Lamp Cave Trip - Level: 1 - Duration: 2.5 hours - Limit: 8 people - Trip Full

Take a trip into Cascade Cave and see it like the old timer's (e.g. John Tierney) back in the day. We will go caving in Cascade Cave with only carbide lamps, and ONLY old-style carbide lamps. No newer type carbide generators, LED's or battery-powered lamps will be allowed. This trip will show you how the cave looked to the early explorers of the area when all they had was flame-type carbide lamps. We will tell you the history of the carbide lamp and how its simple design brought dependable light to miners and cavers throughout Kentucky back in the early 1900's. We will show you the exact spot where back in 1923, John Tierney scared a hibernating bear and then accidently blew out his carbide lamp and was stuck in the cave for two days until he was rescued by park staff. This is but one of many stories associated with this cave. If you have an older type carbide cap lamp that is in working order please bring it. We will also supply carbide lamps for the rest of the group to use. There will be some stooping, bending and crawling involved so level 2 caving equipment is required minus the lights.

Required Equipment:
Helmet may be required.
Two lights.
Shoes with good tread.
Old clothes and gloves.
Read More.


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




Saturday 12:30pm    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #107: A Hike Through The Back-Forty - Level: 3 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 8 Spots Open

A multi-mile hike after a short drive to Cascade Cave. This will be an on-trail/off-trail hike up the valley paralleling the Cascade Cave System (Cascade, Sandy, Jones, Tire Creek, Waterfall caves) demonstrating a variety of impressive karst features including streams, an insurgence, springs, many cave entrances, a karst window, and arches. Time and weather permitting, various sandstone features can be visited as well (caves, springs).

Meets at lodge . 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 Tree   
Trip #111: 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 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 Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #114: Visit To X Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 30 people - 18 Spots Open

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

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


Meets at Welcome Center. 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 1:00pm    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #116: 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 1:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #117: 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 1:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #118: 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 1:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #119: 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 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 Tree   
Trip #121: Orienteering - Level: 1 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - Trip Full

Land navigation will lead the participants in the fundamentals of using map and compass. We will take a look at map features and the information that can be gathered from them. We will also look at compass use and finding headings, bearings, as well as the difference between true, magnetic and grid north. We will then plot some points on a map of the park and learn how to navigate cross country. You will be outside during this workshop so dress appropriately for the weather elements.

Meets in Recreation Shelter at Campground. 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 Tree   
Trip #125: 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 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 Tree   
Trip #130: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - 15 Spots Open

Registration Required! This trip does not count towards your 3-trip limit on Saturday, but you must register to participate. Do you like tight places? Come find out just how tight of a space you can mentally and physically squeeze through. Due to the nature of their amusement, cavers have always wondered how tight of a place they can fit through. That was when the squeeze box was invented and later constructed. Here is the way it works. There will be 2 different categories: adult competition (15 years & up) and the kid's competition (6-14 years). We will have preliminary rounds from 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 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 Tree   
Trip #136: 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 2:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #137: 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 2:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #138: 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 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.
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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 Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #141: Visit To Cascade Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 60 people - 29 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 2:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #142: Campfire Cookin Is Fun - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 12 people - 1 Spot Open

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

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




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 Tree   
Trip #144: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - Trip Full

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 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 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #146: 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 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #147: 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 3:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #148: 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 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 3:30pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program or Workshop
Trip #152: Backcountry Cooking 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Spend some time discussing some of the best and worst back country stoves out there today. We will discuss recipes and will try out a few of our favorites. Come with an open mind and an empty stomach.

Meets in the Grayson room of lodge. 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.




Saturday 4:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #154: 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 4:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #155: Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 0.5 hours - 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 4:30pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #156: Visit To X Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 30 people - Trip Full

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

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


Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 5:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #157: Open Ice - Level: 1 - Duration: 6 hours - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

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

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