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11th Annual Winter Adventure Weekend - January 23-26, 2020


Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky


Friday Events

Friday Schedule of Events



7:00am - 10:30amBreakfast served in Tierney's Cavern Restaurant. ($)
8:00am - 10:30amRegistration Open. In Lobby of Lewis Caveland Lodge.
12:30pm - 4:30pmRegistration Open. In Lobby of Lewis Caveland Lodge.
6:00pm - 9:00pmRegistration Open. In Lobby of Lewis Caveland Lodge.
8:00pm - 5:00pmI-Did-A Hike Challenge
8:00am - 9:30pmField Trips
10:30am - 12:00pmHot Chocolate 5K Fun Run or Walk. Join us this morning to stretch your legs in a Hot Chocolate 5K run (or) walk through the park. The out and back course starts and finishes at the horse-camp-parking lot and offers 3.1 miles of flat roadway to accommodate runners and walkers of all abilities. Finishers will enjoy hot chocolate at the finish-line area. Restrooms are available at the start/finish-line area. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers. Meets at Horse Campground.
11:30am - 4:00pmLunch served in Tierney's Cavern Restaurant. ($)
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 - 2:30pm LNT (Leave no Trace) Trail Adventure Challenge. Feel up to the challenge of testing your outdoor skills? Use map reading, animal identification, and more to track down a series of questionnaires along one of our trails here at CCSRP. Turn your completed questions in by the deadline, and have a chance at walking away with an awesome WAW merch prize extravaganza! Be sure to stop by the Lodge Lobby at the appointed times to pick up your worksheet and further instructions. Times to pick up your worksheet: Friday @ 1:30 PM & Saturday @ 1:30 PM
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 - 9:00pmDinner 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 Adventure Show and Tell Presentations. Drop in. Sure.....Winter Adventure Weekend is filled with all kinds of SUPER COOL things to see and do, BUT, we're just 4 days out of the year. That means, that there are no less than 361 OTHER days of the year to be outside and do amazing things. Well we want to hear about those adventures to! Join us in the Field Room for a chance to see what other AMAZING stuff our WAW Staph are doing throughout the rest of the year!! This will be several short "show and tell" sessions each approximately 10 or less. Come and see some cool stuff!!
8:00pm - 8:30pm Caver ascendingCharlie and Catherine Bishop in cave Caves of Bald Knob, Edmonson County, Kentucky - Charlie and Catherine Bishop. Drop in. This presentation focuses on James and Coach Caves and the surrounding area, touching on archeology, cultural history, geology, hydrology, biology and exploration history. These caves are somewhat different from other caves in the area, and differences and explanations are discussed. Caves of Bald Knob, Edmonson County, Kentucky
8:30pm - 9:30pm Andy Neikamp on John Muir TrailThe John Muir Trail - The Most Beautiful Trail in America - Andy Niekamp. Drop in. In the summer of 2018, Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp hiked California's 211-mile John Muir Trail (JMT). He will share his photos and stories of this adventurous hike. The JMT is considered by many to the most beautiful trail in America and the most difficult section of the entire 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. The JMT begins at Yosemite National Park and ends on Mount Whitney at 14,505 feet in elevation. The vast majority of the trail is situated within designated wilderness and is and lies almost entirely at or above 8,000'. For almost all of its length, the trail is in the High Sierra mountains backcountry and visits some of the crown jewels of America's park system: Yosemite, John Muir and Ansel Adams Wildernesses, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Learn practical tips from Captain Blue about how to hike the JMT including how winter snowfall greatly affects a summer thru hike.
Andy Niekamp has been a wilderness adventurer for more than 30 years. His passion is long distance hiking. He has backpacked over 16,000 miles in more than 30 different states coast to coast including 10,000 miles on the Appalachian Trail. Andy is the Chief Adventure Officer of Outdoor Adventure Connection, a backcountry guide service based in Dayton, Ohio. Andy is the founder and organizer of the 6,000-member Dayton Hikers group which is largest and most active outdoor recreation club in Dayton, Ohio.
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.