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


Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky


All Saturday Afternoon Field Trips

 

List of all Saturday afternoon field trips and descriptions.





Saturday 12:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #115: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - Drop In

Drop in. 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 on Friday from 4pm-6pm and 7pm-8pm and on Saturday from 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm in the Fields Facility of the Lodge. Adult competitors must take part in the squeezebox preliminaries 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 on the squeezebox in the fields facility by 6:00pm. In the kid's competition, kids ages 6-14 years must also take part in the preliminaries on Friday or 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 6:00pm on the squeezebox in the fields facility. Kid's 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.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 12:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #116: 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 12:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #117: Down For Dummies Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 6 people - 6 Spots 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. 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.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 12:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #118: Up For Idiots Rope Climb - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - 10 Spots 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.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No 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 - 15 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 12:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #121: Sandy Cave Lantern Tour - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 10 people - 8 Spots 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!

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 Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #122: 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 sixth 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 12:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #222: Carbide Lamp Trip - Level: 2 - Duration: 2.5 hours - Limit: 8 people - 8 Spots Open

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.

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

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




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #123: Recreational Tree Climbing - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - 4 Spots Open

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.

Trip Fee: $8.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #124: Down For Dummies Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 6 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. 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.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #125: A Visit to X-Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 30 people - 30 Spots Open

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." This is a commercially lit walking tour of the cave.

You need: Old Clothes, Flashlight, Extra Batteries, Ankle-High Shoes, Gloves And More.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #126: Backcountry Cooking 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - 1 Spot Open

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.

Trip Fee: $3.00 - Meets at the Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #127: Natural Bridge On Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 6 people - 5 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! Participants must be 12 years or older and weigh between 100 - 250 lbs to sign up for this trip. For your safety and comfort 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.




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #128: 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!

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

Trip Fee: $8.00 - Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #129: Cascade Gone Wild - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 17 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.

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 1:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #130: Bat Cave Backdoor - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 14 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.

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 1:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #131: 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 Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #132: 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 #133: Slacklining & The Sarlac - 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. 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.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 1:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #134: Gone Caving Card Game - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 12 people - Drop In

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! Perhaps you're a caver yourself? If you aren't yet, we want you to be! This can be your first step into a new world of discovery. "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.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #135: Down For Dummies Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 6 people - 6 Spots 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. 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.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #136: Introduction to Caving: The Cave Hike - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 15 people - 14 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. There will be a total of 1.5 miles hiking above ground; be prepared to dress appropriately for the weather and your feet may get wet in the cave. A helmet with a chin strap and headlamp will be provided for participants which satisfies the requirement for a helmet with a chin strap and headlamp.

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

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #137: Wilderness Tool Usage - Level: 1 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 25 people - 25 Spots Open

If you like using tools or want to know how to use your outdoor tools more safely and effectively, this workshop is for you. We will be looking at knives, axes, saws and otherwilderness-use tools. This will include heaping amount of methods to use them safely solo and in groups. We will study the different types of blades, grinds, handle and sheath materials for knives as well as axes and mauls. You will learn proper maintenance, including sharpening, of these tools. Lastly, we will consider the proper stewardship of harvesting wood from the environment so we can always leave it better than we found it.

Trip Fee: $6.00 - Meets in Recreation Shelter at Campground. Transportation required.




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #138: Natural Bridge On Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 6 people - 1 Spot 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! Participants must be 12 years or older and weigh between 100 - 250 lbs to sign up for this trip. For your safety and comfort 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.




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree   
Trip #139: Frozen Foraging Hike - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 15 people - 2 Spots Open

The forest is full of wild food - even in the winter! As we hike, we will explore different ecosystems in the park and learn what delicious morsels may be hiding in each. We will also talk tips and tricks and best techniques to increase your chances. If we are lucky and fate smiles upon us, we will even get to taste a few things along the way! This trip requires about 1.5 miles hiking over hilly terrain. Dress for the elements and wear boots with good traction.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #140: Intro 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. Dowload Waiver form here: Rock Climbing Waiver

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




Saturday 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #141: Sandy Cave Flotilla - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 10 people - 3 Spots Open

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!

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 1:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #142: 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 sixth 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 TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #143: Down For Dummies Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 6 people - 6 Spots 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. 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.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #144: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - Drop In

Drop in. 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 on Friday from 4pm-6pm and 7pm-8pm and on Saturday from 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm in the Fields Facility of the Lodge. Adult competitors must take part in the squeezebox preliminaries 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 on the squeezebox in the fields facility by 6:00pm. In the kid's competition, kids ages 6-14 years must also take part in the preliminaries on Friday or 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 6:00pm on the squeezebox in the fields facility. Kid's 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.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #145: Up For Idiots Rope Climb - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - 9 Spots 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.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #146: Natural Bridge On Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 6 people - 1 Spot 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! Participants must be 12 years or older and weigh between 100 - 250 lbs to sign up for this trip. For your safety and comfort 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.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree   
Trip #147: A Walk In The Forest - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 15 people - 2 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.

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




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #148: Cascade Gone Wild - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 6 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.

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 2:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #149: Bat Cave Backdoor - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 14 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.

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 2:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Crawling Cave Tour
Trip #150: Cave Survey 101 - Level: 2 - Duration: 3 hours - Limit: 20 people - 16 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. 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.

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

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Follow Signs in front of lodge to Hilltop Room. Transportation required.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #151: 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 Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #152: 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 #153: Slacklining & The Sarlac - 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. 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.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 2:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #154: Gone Caving Card Game - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 12 people - Drop In

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! Perhaps you're a caver yourself? If you aren't yet, we want you to be! This can be your first step into a new world of discovery. "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.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 2:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #155: Down For Dummies Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 6 people - 6 Spots 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. 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.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 2:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #156: 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.

Trip Fee: $8.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 2:30pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #157: A Visit to Cascade Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 60 people - 59 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.

You need: Old Clothes, Flashlight, Extra Batteries, Ankle-High Shoes, Gloves And More.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 2:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #158: Natural Bridge On Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 6 people - 4 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! Participants must be 12 years or older and weigh between 100 - 250 lbs to sign up for this trip. For your safety and comfort 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.




Saturday 2:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #159: 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 sixth 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 2:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #160: Hawks n Arrows - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 20 people - 11 Spots Open

The title reads like new dish from an ancient culture; but here at WAW, it means learning the basics of shooting a bow and arrow along with learning the techniques for throwing a Tomahawk and Mouse Hawk. Participants will get the opportunity to learn the basics of shooting a bow and arrow. This will include safe usage and beginner shooting techniques. Then have the chance to shoot an arrow at a bulls eye target. Participants will also get the opportunity to "kill" some wood using a tomahawk and/or a mouse hawk. We will go over hawk safety, and the basics for throwing before getting an opportunity to "kill" some wood.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #161: Down For Dummies Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 6 people - 6 Spots 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. 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.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #162: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - Drop In

Drop in. 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 on Friday from 4pm-6pm and 7pm-8pm and on Saturday from 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm in the Fields Facility of the Lodge. Adult competitors must take part in the squeezebox preliminaries 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 on the squeezebox in the fields facility by 6:00pm. In the kid's competition, kids ages 6-14 years must also take part in the preliminaries on Friday or 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 6:00pm on the squeezebox in the fields facility. Kid's 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.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #163: Trail Running 101 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 15 people - 15 Spots Open

Making the transition from road to trail running can be a humbling experience. Are you ready to make the switch or simply learn the basic requirements to get started in this rapid growing sport? Trail Running 101 is a workshop that will introduce you to all the things needed to get you out on the trails. This workshop will cover: trail running basics, safety tips for all trail runners, proper trail running gear, and strength exercises to prepare you to hit the ground running. Trail running is generally less competitive than road racing and is about taking time to stop and appreciate your surroundings. If done right, it should be a very liberating experience for everyone. EJ Adventures is a Kentucky based organization that hosts trail runs and looks forward to passing along these basic trail running techniques and emphasize how important our public trails are for all of us.

Trip Fee: $3.00 - Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #164: The Story of the Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 15 people - 15 Spots Open

Much has been discussed about the significant geology of Carter Caves. Join our residential old broke down caver as he reviews the most recent theories on what makes the Carter Caves area so special and unique. This trip will include a walk through X-Cave and a jaunt into the valley along Cave Branch. One highlight of the trip will include a walk through, Carter Caves Natural Bridge, the only natural bridge in Kentucky that supports a paved road.

You need: Old Clothes, Flashlight, Extra Batteries, Ankle-High Shoes, Gloves And More.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Meets at Welcome Center. 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 - 7 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.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #166: Staying Warm in a Winter Camp - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 15 people - 2 Spots Open

So?.. its Winter Adventure Weekend! While many of us will have all of our modern conveniences to keep us toasty during this weekend, imagine a time when those modern marvels weren't available. Camping in the winter could be not only a miserable situation, but a deadly one! Join Quinton and Jeff Tyree for a look at what it takes to stay warm in a winter camp. Topics will range from building shelters to making fire and so much more! This program will be outdoors do make sure to dress for the elements.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Meet at the lodge. Transportation required.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #167: 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 Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #168: 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 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #169: Slacklining & The Sarlac - 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. 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.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #170: Gone Caving Card Game - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 12 people - Drop In

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! Perhaps you're a caver yourself? If you aren't yet, we want you to be! This can be your first step into a new world of discovery. "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.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 3:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #171: Friends of Carter Caves Silent Auction Open - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. The Friends of Carter Caves group is hosting a silent auction Saturday night in the Fields Room of the Lodge. The auction items will be displayed on Saturday in the Fields Room for everyone to browse. We also have some awesome guided adventure trips being offered up! The silent auction will run from 3:00pm until 7:00pm on Saturday. You won't want to miss it: music, fellowship and FUN! Come prepared to bid! Cash, check and PayPal payments accepted. All proceeds benefit the Friends of The Carter Caves group, which is a Kentucky non-profit, 501(c)3, tax exempt organization funded by donations. All funds collected will go directly back into projects, equipment and supplies for Carter Caves State Resort Park.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 3:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #172: Down For Dummies Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 6 people - 6 Spots 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. 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.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 3:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #173: 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 sixth 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 #174: Natural Bridge On Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 6 people - 4 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! Participants must be 12 years or older and weigh between 100 - 250 lbs to sign up for this trip. For your safety and comfort 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.




Saturday 3:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #175: Up For Idiots Rope Climb - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 10 people - 6 Spots 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.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 3:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #176: Yoga in the Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 20 people - 18 Spots Open

Continue your winter adventure and trek underground for a refreshing all-levels yoga practice in the stunning Cascade Cave! Rejuvenate your mind and body as you are guided through standing and seated yoga postures, along with breathing exercises that will renew your entire being. What an exclusive experience here at Carter Caves and an incredible investment in your health! All levels are welcomed in this practice. Previous yoga experience is not required. Wear clothing that is comfortable and easy to move in (jeans not recommended), and be prepared for temperature around 55 degrees. Layers recommended. Your body temperature will fluctuate during the practice. Bring a yoga mat and a large beach towel or blanket to put underneath the yoga mat. You will want the towel or blanket to be larger than your mat so that you have room for your belongings. The cave floor consists of rock and dirt and may be damp or muddy in areas. The cave floor is mostly flat; however, there are some uneven areas. Hollie Hall, RN, RYT-200 will be guiding the practices. Hollie is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance obtained through the Yoga Teacher Training Program at Studio 8 in Huntington, WV. She is currently enrolled in Asheville Yoga Center?s RYT-300 program and works at Eternal Yoga and Pilates in Ashland, KY. Hollie Hall is a Huntington, WV native and currently resides in South Point, Ohio with her husband, George, two sons, Elijah and Nate, and mother-in-law, Barbara.

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




Saturday 4:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #177: Down For Dummies Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 6 people - 6 Spots 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. 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.

Trip Fee: $5.00 - Follow signs from in front of lodge to site. No transportation required.




Saturday 4:00pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #178: Natural Bridge On Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 6 people - 4 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! Participants must be 12 years or older and weigh between 100 - 250 lbs to sign up for this trip. For your safety and comfort 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.




Saturday 4:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #179: 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 Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 4:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #180: 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 4:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #181: Squeeze Box Competition Preliminary - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 15 people - Drop In

Drop in. 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 on Friday from 4pm-6pm and 7pm-8pm and on Saturday from 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm in the Fields Facility of the Lodge. Adult competitors must take part in the squeezebox preliminaries 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 on the squeezebox in the fields facility by 6:00pm. In the kid's competition, kids ages 6-14 years must also take part in the preliminaries on Friday or 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 6:00pm on the squeezebox in the fields facility. Kid's 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.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 4:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #182: Friends of Carter Caves Silent Auction Open - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. The Friends of Carter Caves group is hosting a silent auction Saturday night in the Fields Room of the Lodge. The auction items will be displayed on Saturday in the Fields Room for everyone to browse. We also have some awesome guided adventure trips being offered up! The silent auction will run from 3:00pm until 7:00pm on Saturday. You won't want to miss it: music, fellowship and FUN! Come prepared to bid! Cash, check and PayPal payments accepted. All proceeds benefit the Friends of The Carter Caves group, which is a Kentucky non-profit, 501(c)3, tax exempt organization funded by donations. All funds collected will go directly back into projects, equipment and supplies for Carter Caves State Resort Park.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 4:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #183: Slacklining & The Sarlac - Level: 1 - Duration: 0.5 hours - 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. 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.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 4:30pm    Pine Tree    Walking Cave Tour
Trip #184: A Visit to X-Cave - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 30 people - 16 Spots Open

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." This is a commercially lit walking tour of the cave.

You need: Old Clothes, Flashlight, Extra Batteries, Ankle-High Shoes, Gloves And More.

Meets at Welcome Center. Transportation required.




Saturday 4:30pm    Pine TreePine Tree    Vertical - On Rope Trip
Trip #185: Natural Bridge On Rappel - Level: 2 - Duration: 1.5 hours - Limit: 6 people - Trip Full

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! Participants must be 12 years or older and weigh between 100 - 250 lbs to sign up for this trip. For your safety and comfort 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.




Saturday 5:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #186: Friends of Carter Caves Silent Auction Open - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 50 people - Drop In

Drop in. The Friends of Carter Caves group is hosting a silent auction Saturday night in the Fields Room of the Lodge. The auction items will be displayed on Saturday in the Fields Room for everyone to browse. We also have some awesome guided adventure trips being offered up! The silent auction will run from 3:00pm until 7:00pm on Saturday. You won't want to miss it: music, fellowship and FUN! Come prepared to bid! Cash, check and PayPal payments accepted. All proceeds benefit the Friends of The Carter Caves group, which is a Kentucky non-profit, 501(c)3, tax exempt organization funded by donations. All funds collected will go directly back into projects, equipment and supplies for Carter Caves State Resort Park.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 6:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #187: Live Music - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Drop in. After a full day of adventuring its time to come hang out, relax, and enjoy some live music this evening at our Saturday night Social.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 8:00pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #188: Announcements and Reflections on the Day - Level: 1 - Duration: 0.5 hours - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Drop in. It is time to gather and give our reflections on the day and announce winners of kids squeezebox competition, rope climbing competition and our Volunteer of the Year award. The accepted images of this years photo salon will be shown as well as our presentation of ribbons for the winners.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 8:30pm    Pine Tree    Indoor Program
Trip #189: Keynote Presentation: Lechuguilla Far West Expedition: February 2017 - Level: 1 - Duration: 1 hour - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

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 the Far West to continue exploration and survey of this incredible national resource. Share the journey as they travel through Lechuguilla Cave to the Deep Seas Camp and beyond. See recent discoveries, including photographs of Zion, a 600' x 170' x 250' room, discovered during the expedition. Learn about the proposal process, planning for a trip, necessary gear, food and hydration concerns, hygiene and grooming activities, supplies and other camping considerations. See what a cave camp looks like as well as the ins and outs of daily activities conducted during a typical expedition. The presentation will also cover water, cooking and waste management, leave no trace procedures and other conservation protocols used to protect a beautiful cave while exploration and survey continue.

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.




Saturday 9:30pm    Pine Tree   
Trip #190: Official Squeezebox Adult Finals Competition - Level: 1 - Duration: 2 hours - Limit: 100 people - Drop In

Drop in. This is the true test of will, guts, and stupidity! Preliminary rounds are complete and the top four male and females in each weight category will duke it out on stage this evening to see how low they can go! Join us and cheer on your favorite contender as they push the limits of their physical ability in the squeezebox!

Meets in Fields Facility of lodge. No transportation required.