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


Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky


All Level 3 Field Trips

 

Level 3:

All Level 3 trips have a minimum age limit of 15. These trips will offer prolonged hiking and exposure to the weather. Some of these trips take you off designated hiking trails into more difficult and rough terrain. Trips can last up to 6 hours in length. Level 3 caving trips are more strenuous and physically demanding than level two cave trips. They offer prolonged crawling and or belly crawls through small, constricted passages. Extended periods of bending, stooping and longer tighter belly crawls might be required. Wet conditions, which may or may not exist, can create the possibility of hypothermia. You must be able to fit through a 12-inch squeeze test. Level 3 cave trips will last 3-6 hours in length.




Thursday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #1: Geomorphology Hike I: Horn Hollow - Level: 3 - Duration: 3.5 hours - Limit: 15 people - 8 Spots Open

A hike to view surfaces features and topology shaped by karst processes in Horn Hollow and the lower portion of the Valley of the Caves. Horn Hollow is a hanging karst valley that is the last major side valley of the Valley of the Caves before it's junction with Tygart's Gorge. The trip will look at sinkholes, pits, cave entrances, swallow holes and resurgences and how these features were shaped by the development of caves in Horn Hollow over time.

Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Friday 9:30am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #12: Geomorphology Hike II: The Valley of the Caves - Level: 3 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 15 people - 2 Spots Open

A hike to view surface features and topology shaped by karst processes in the middle to upper reaches of the Valley of the Caves. The Valley of fhe Caves is the location of the major caves of Carter Caves State Resort Park. This hike will look at surface karst features related to Bat Cave, the largest cave in the Park, from truncated caves segments downstream of the cave to sinkholes and pits above the cave proper as well as additional karst features up valley from the furthest extensions of the cave, hinting at passages yet undiscovered.

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




Friday 10:00am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #13: Carter City Connection - Level: 3 - Duration: 5 hours - Limit: 18 people - 4 Spots 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!

You need: Helmet, Chin Strap, Headlamp, 2 Extra Lights, Ankle-High Boots, Knee Pads, Gloves And More.

Trip Fee: $10.00 - Meets as lodge. Transportation required.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #64: Key Features of Karst Landscapes - Level: 3 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 19 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.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Meets at lodge . No transportation required.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #65: Have An Ice Day: Intro To Ice Climbing - Level: 3 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 8 people - 1 Spot 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.

Trip Fee: $10.00 - Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Saturday 8:30am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #68: 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!

You need: Helmet, Chin Strap, Headlamp, 2 Extra Lights, Ankle-High Boots, Knee Pads, Gloves And More.

Trip Fee: $8.00 - Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Saturday 9:30am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #83: Tar Kiln Trek - Level: 3 - Duration: 6 hours - Limit: 15 people - 1 Spot 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!

You need: Helmet, Chin Strap, Headlamp, 2 Extra Lights, Ankle-High Boots, Knee Pads, Gloves And More.

Trip Fee: $10.00 - Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Saturday 10:00am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #91: Fern & Flood Caves - Level: 3 - Duration: 4 hours - Limit: 11 people - 9 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. The park provides transportation for this trip. These caves are on private property and we have permission to visit it only during Winter Adventure Weekend!

You need: Helmet, Chin Strap, Headlamp, 2 Extra Lights, Ankle-High Boots, Knee Pads, Gloves And More.

Trip Fee: $10.00 - Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 10:30am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #104: Carter City Connection - Level: 3 - Duration: 5 hours - Limit: 18 people - 18 Spots 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!

You need: Helmet, Chin Strap, Headlamp, 2 Extra Lights, Ankle-High Boots, Knee Pads, Gloves And More.

Trip Fee: $10.00 - Meets as lodge. Transportation required.




Saturday 10:30am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #105: Bat Cave Extreme - Level: 3 - Duration: 4 hours - Limit: 10 people - 10 Spots Open

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.

You need: Helmet, Chin Strap, Headlamp, 2 Extra Lights, Ankle-High Boots, Knee Pads, Gloves And More.

Trip Fee: $10.00 - Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Saturday 11:00am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #109: Tar Kiln Trek - Level: 3 - Duration: 6 hours - Limit: 15 people - 5 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!

You need: Helmet, Chin Strap, Headlamp, 2 Extra Lights, Ankle-High Boots, Knee Pads, Gloves And More.

Trip Fee: $10.00 - Meets at lodge. Transportation required.




Saturday 12:30pm    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #119: Fern & Flood Caves - Level: 3 - Duration: 4 hours - Limit: 11 people - 5 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. The park provides transportation for this trip. These caves are on private property and we have permission to visit it only during Winter Adventure Weekend!

You need: Helmet, Chin Strap, Headlamp, 2 Extra Lights, Ankle-High Boots, Knee Pads, Gloves And More.

Trip Fee: $10.00 - Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 12:30pm    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #120: A Hike Through The Back-Forty - Level: 3 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 12 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).

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




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #165: Natural Bridge On Rappel - Level: 3 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 7 people - 2 Spots Open

Experience the drop of a lifetime as you rappel through the sinkhole in the top of Carter Cave's Natural Bridge! Enjoy not only the experience of rappelling but also the natural beauty of the area as you descend over 60 feet into the bed of Cave Branch Stream. Thousands of people enjoy the view of our Natural Bridge from the ground up, but only a few get to enjoy the view from top down. Here is your chance to be one of the few! For your safety and comfort, you must weight between 100 - 250lbs, however you must also fit in the harness per manufacturer's safety guidelines.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Follow signs from in front of Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Sunday 8:30am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree   
Trip #192: Plogging - Level: 3 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 20 people - 19 Spots Open

Plogging is a concept that was started in Scandinavia after concern about the increase of plastic pollution and is making its way to the States. Plogging is a great workout that combines jogging while picking up litter. This field trip will be a 2 mile out and back led course to the beautiful Smoky Valley Lake spillway. This route is very technical and challenging. Recommended for advanced trail runners/hikers. All participants will receive a bag and are encouraged to bring as much debris back to the lodge with them. People that bring back the most debris will receive an award. This is a great field trip to learn how we can minimize our impact on the environment and get a great workout in at the same time. Participants will need running shoes and gloves.

Meets at lodge. No transportation required.




Sunday 9:00am    Pine TreePine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #196: 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!

You need: Helmet, Chin Strap, Headlamp, 2 Extra Lights, Ankle-High Boots, Knee Pads, Gloves And More.

Trip Fee: $8.00 - Meets at lodge. Transportation required.