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


Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky


Saturday Events

Saturday Schedule Of Events



7:00am - 10:30amBreakfast served in Tierney's Cavern Restaurant ($)
7:30am - 4:30pmRegistration Table Open in the Lobby of the Lodge.
7:30am - 12:00pmField Trips
8:30am - 11:30am 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.
9:00am - 5:00pmKenny 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.
10:00am - 1:00pm 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.
10:00am - 12:00pm Man in sarlac pit Man and woman on slackline Slacklining & the Sarlacc. 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.
10:00am - 12:00pmMug Ruggin' It. 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.
11:30am - 3:00pmLunch served in Tierney's Cavern Restaurant ($)
12:00pm - 4:30pmField Trips
12:30pm - 4:30pmRope 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.
1:00pm - 4:30pmMug Ruggin' It. 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.
1:00pm - 4:30pm Man and woman on slackline Woman in sarlac pit Slacklining & the Sarlacc. 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.
1:00pm - 4:30pm Gone Caving card back Gone Caving! the card game. Drop in. "Gone Caving!" is a card game that let's you and friends explore a cave together while having fun and raising money to support the caving community and conservation efforts. This game has been created by cavers, is being tested by cavers, and gone on a few caving trips of it's own!

"Gone Caving!" will be released soon, but this is your chance to get a sneak peek and offer your thoughts and insights as we test.

Appropriate for ages 7 and up. Proceeds from the game benefit the National Speleological Society (NSS) which helps protect caves for future generations, promote safe and responsible caving practices, effective cave and karst management, speleology, and conservation.
2:00pm - 5:00pmSqueeze 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.
3:00pm - 7:00pmSilent Auction Bidding Open.
4:00pm - 8:30pmDinner served in Tierney's Cavern Restaurant ($)
6:00pmAdult Squeeze Box Competition Finalist & Kids Squeeze Box Competition Winners Posted in Lobby of Lodge.
6:00pm - ????Saturday Night Social - Fields Facility of Lodge.
6:00pm - 8:00pmLive Music. In the Fields Facility.
7:00pmSilent Auction Ends.
8:00pm - 8:30pmAnnouncements & Reflections on the Day. Volunteer of the Year. Rope Climbing Competition Awards. Photo Salon.
8:30pm - 9:30pm Tammy Otten in Lechuguilla Cave Keynote Presentation: Lechuguilla Far West Expedition, February 2017. Drop in. 10 people, 7 days and lots of gear! Ever wonder what it is like to participate in a 7-day expedition underground? Tammy Otten will tell the story of how one group traveled through Lechuguilla Cave to continue exploration and survey of this incredible national resource. Share the journey as they travel to the Deep Seas Camp and beyond. See recent discoveries, including a 600’ x 170’ x 250’ room, discovered during the expedition.

Learn more at the keynote presentation page, and don't miss it! Meets in the Fields Facility.
9:00pm - ??? Squeezebox participant The Official Squeeze Box Adult Finals Competition.
The True Test of Will, Guts, and Stupidity! Kids Competition Awards