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10th Annual Winter Adventure Weekend - January 24-27, 2019


Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky


Friday Events

Friday Schedule of Events



7:00am - 10:30amBreakfast served in Tierney's Cavern Restaurant. ($)
9:30am - 9:30pmRegistration Open. In Lobby of Lewis Caveland Lodge.
10:00am - 9:30pmField Trips
10:30am - 12:00pmHot Chocolate 5K Fun Run or Walk. Join us this morning to stretch your legs in a Hot Chocolate 5K run (or) walk through the park.  The out and back course starts and finishes at the horse-camp-parking lot and offers 3.1 miles of flat roadway to accommodate runners and walkers of all abilities.  Finishers will enjoy hot chocolate at the finish-line area. Restrooms are available at the start/finish-line area. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers. Meets at Horse Campground.
11:30am - 3:00pmLunch served in Tierney's Cavern Restaurant. ($)
1:30pm - 4:30pm Man and woman on slackline Woman in sarlac pit Slacklining & the Sarlac. 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. The Sarlac Pit, much like a cave, is a pit full off obstacles that one must navigate through to find the exit and be able to see daylight again. The pit will test your physical ability to travel through a small space and will remind you of what claustorphobia truly is.
1:30pm - 4:30pm Climber using ropewalker Rope Climbing Competition. Drop in. Would you like to know if you are the fastest rope climber at Winter Adventure Weekend? Well now is your chance to find out! WAW is hosting its fifth annual rope climbing competition this year. So come, compete and see just how good you really are. All of the required equipment will be provided for you, or you can bring your own complete climbing system, however the use of a seat harness is required and all personal equipment must pass a safety inspection at the site. Anything deemed unsafe will not be allowed to be used. The winners (and prizes) will be announced during the Saturday evening program. Follow signs from lodge to site.
3:00pm - 9:00pmKenny McCoy Corrugated Cave. Drop in. Kentucky's longest cardboard cave!  This is an EXTREME cardboard maze that is adventurous for both adults and kids.  You will encounter extensive crawling passages and some constrictive spaces during this trip. The passages simulate conditions often encountered by cavers in the area's wild caves.  Bring a light (NOT carbide!) but leave your shoes and helmet behind.  Dress lightly since crawling through the Kenny McCoy Corrugated Cave can be strenuous and stuffy.  Kneepads are a good option if you have them. We allow 10 people maximum in the cave at one time; therefore a short wait may occur.  Children 10 years old and under need parental supervision in order to participate. Follow signs from the lobby to the basement.
5:00pm - 7:00pm Squeezebox participant Squeeze Box preliminary. Drop in. Do you like tight places? Come find out just how tight of a space you can mentally and physically squeeze through in The Squeeze Box! Due to the nature of their amusement, cavers have always wondered how tight of a place they can fit through. Competition winners in each weight category will win a prize. The winners will be recognized and prizes awarded during the awards ceremony around 8pm in the Fields Facility.
4:00pm - 8:00pmDinner served in Tierney's Cavern Restaurant ($)
6:00pm - 7:00pmCampfire Social. Get ready for a fun weekend, full of adventure, by relaxing around the campfire and roasting some marshmallows!  Meet and greet trip leaders, past participants and everyone else at this campfire social. Marshmallows provided by Carter Caves State Park. In front of the lodge.
7:00pm - 8:00pm Cavers in Crystal cave, circa 1950 Willard Rouse Jillson And The Crystal Cave of Sloans Valley, Kentucky. A presentation by Gary O'Dell. Drop in. With nearly 25 miles of passages, Sloans Valley Cave in southeastern part of the state is the 4th longest cave in Kentucky and ranks #23 in the United States. The karst window known as Great Rock Sink has historically been the most popular access point and the area within, known as Crystal Cave, was operated as a show cave until submerged in early 1951 by the impoundment of Lake Cumberland. This presentation traces the exploration history of Sloans Valley, focusing primarily upon the Crystal Cave section. Highlighted are the explorations and surveys carried out in 1950 by Dr. Willard Rouse Jillson, the Kentucky State Geologist of the time, and his students from Transylvania University (Lexington). The presentation also covers exploration and surveys made during the 1960s and 1970s by the combined efforts of the Greater Cincinnati, Central Ohio, and Bluegrass grottos.
8:00pm - 9:30pm Crawl-a-thon schgedule, circa 1982 Winter Adventure: A Look at Crawlathon and WAW through the years. Drop in. For many years Carter Caves has been known for its mid winter special events. Beginning in the early 1980's with the Crawlathon and then the Winter Adventure Weekend, John Tierney has been a part of this since the very beginning. Tonight's program will be a recap of these events that will bring us to the current year. Meets in the Fields Facility of the Lodge.
9:30pm - ???WAW Friday Night Live. Drop in. Join other winter adventurers tonight in the Fields facility for an evening of socializing. The Squeezebox will be open, we'll have the giant stack'em blocks up, slack lines, a few corn hole games, and the return of last years new caver challenge....the sarlacc! A brand new way to test your adventure skills at W.A.W. Don't miss out on a great way to experience this event with other participants.