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Rumbling, Stumbling,...Tumblin­g Rock Cave: Beginner to Intermediate Level

  • Aug 16, 2014 · 7:45 AM
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MEETUP Time @ 1st CARPOOL LOCATION 7:45 am (CT): near Steak N Shake parking lot in Antioch, off I-24 Bell Road Exit #59.

MEETUP Time @ 2nd CARPOOL LOCATION 8:20 am (CT): Cracker Barrel parking lot in Murfreesboro, off I-24 Exit #81B.

HIKE DISTANCE : Our plan is to cover the classic sections and maybe some less traveled sections of the mapped cave system.  Measuring your "hike" distance underground rock is an inexact science.  Could be 3 to 5 miles?


DIFFICULTY RATING : Strenuous.  This is NOT a walking tour.  And there is NO paid tour guide. This trip is open to well-conditioned hiker/adventurer Cave Beginners who believe they are ready for 6 to 7 hours in a cave!

DRIVE TIME : 1 HR 45 MIN one way from the 2nd carpool.  Directions to the cave site will be provided via email to the GO list, closer to the event date if required.  

ACTIVITY TIME : Approximately 6-7 hours in the cave.

COST: $10 mandatory cash donation to provide to Southeastern Cave Conservancy which manages the Tumbling Rock Cave Preserve, unless you already have a SCCI membership.

 

STOP.  Before signing up for this event, it is highly recommended that you read this entire page for your own safety and for the safety of others in the group.

 

This northeastern Alabama cave system has many jaw-dropping cave formations (speleothems) and is fun for Intermediate and Advanced cavers.  Beyond those well known formations---Elephant's Feet, Chuck's Music Box, Totem Gallery, Inner Sanctum, etc---it's time to check out what is found in the shadows of lesser traveled areas and what lies beneath in the cave sewers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Required Items:

Caving or Climbing Helmet (See Notes below for more info on helmets)

Two to Three sources of light (including your headlamp)

Extra batteries for your main lights

Hiking boots with aggressive tread

Gloves and soft knee pads (other pads for shins and elbows recommended, but optional)

Dress in synthetic clothing layers.  Most people will walk in with two layers, and take off one after warming up.  Cotton or even denim, when wet and muddy, will not keep you as dry and warm as synthetics.

Small backpack, daypack, or "fanny" pack--to carry essentials such as snacks, water, batteries, etc.

Trash bags to pack your dirty, wet post-cave clothing (there is a place to change clothes in the parking area).

A towel to sit on for the ride home

A FUN attitude!!!

Cash for the $10 entrance fee, and money for post-cave meal (you will work up a good hunger)

Map of Tumbling Rock Cave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Please offer your carpool driver no less than $15 to $20 gas money, vehicle usage, and driving services.

My estimation is that we will emerge from the cave between 4:30 and 5:00pm (CT).  We will then get un-packed, change into cleaner clothes then, drive toward Scottsboro to grab group grub.  Ruby Tuesday here is close.

It is reasonable to expect that you may not be back at the Murfreesboro carpool location until 8:00pm.

Please RSVP with integrity.  If you've signed up, then learn you cannot attend, please change your RSVP to "No, Can't Go".  Due to limited space, there are no Guests permitted. Guests should join the MTHG group, then sign up for the trip.

NOTES ON HELMETS:

if you do not have one, you can inquire with other members if they have one you can borrow or rent.  There are no rentals and no free helmets available at the cave site.  Appropriate helmets can be purchased at REI in Brentwood or online, or you can check out our Sponsor, Out 'N About Outfitters in Murfreesboro to get 20% off of your new helmet from their catalog.

 

Southeastern Cave Conservancy, there is a $10 mandatory cash donation to provide at the cave parking lot.   http://www.scci.org/Preserves/tumblingrock/tumblingrock.html

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Debbie C.

    Thanks again for an awesome time!

    August 17, 2014

  • Keith W.

    Have fun!

    1 · August 16, 2014

  • Patrick

    And then, there were 8. Just thought of something...we typically stop in Stevenson, just a few miles before Scottsboro AL for an official civilized bathroom break and the opportunity to get a warm, decent fast food, on the go breakfast from Jack's. Not to be confused with that round-ball face, pointed hat clown place.

    1 · August 15, 2014

  • Scott

    I just realized the helmet I have is to small. Since I will be going to get another one at the store I may have an extra for a woman.

    August 15, 2014

  • Debbie C.

    Murfreesboro

    August 15, 2014

  • Donna

    Antioch

    August 15, 2014

  • Scott

    I will be at the Murfreesboro location

    August 15, 2014

  • Patrick

    Note on Carpools: If you did not respond to the Carpool Location question initially (so we do not know where to expect you), then our team rule is to wait 10 courtesy minutes at the carpool and then move on….zoom zoom.

    August 15, 2014

    • Jeff P.

      I still haven't received the cave location in my email. Both carpool locations are in the opposite direction of the cave for me. Unless Someone will swing by Manchester, just depends which side of Scottsboro the cave is on.

      August 15, 2014

  • Stacey

    Patrick, do we expect to encounter some water??? I'm wondering if the treads on my boots are aggressive enough.

    August 15, 2014

    • Patrick

      @Stacey...Water---> yes!

      August 15, 2014

  • Stacey

    Any chance anyone has a spare helmet I can borrow for the day?

    August 12, 2014

    • Debbie C.

      Yes I have several extras, I will bring one for you!

      August 12, 2014

    • Stacey

      That would be awesome!

      August 15, 2014

  • Patrick

    Latest weather forecast: Cave is looking good---about 57 degrees, with relative humidity near 100%.

    August 14, 2014

  • Patrick

    Also, a reminder to carry $10 cash to hand over to the SCCI representative.

    August 14, 2014

  • Patrick

    Gear question. Does anyone need to borrow an item or two? Speak now so you are not forced to scramble for a pair of ill-fitting new boots at the Scottsboro Walmart. With this many people attending, I'm not as strict about each person carrying 3 sources of light---but you should either have a backup light or fresh batteries.

    August 14, 2014

  • Dusty

    I'm sorry, I just found out that I had to back out. I had an awesome time last time, I know you all will have fun! Hopefully next time!

    1 · August 13, 2014

  • Debbie C.

    Thanks for doing another caving trip :-). Had so much fun at Kennamer Cave.

    August 6, 2014

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