Spelunking (caving) at Raccoon Mt. Chattanooga TN

 

August 3 & 4th 2013

Lets get down and dirty caving with Roxann and Barbara at Raccoon Mountain Caverns, Tennessee’s highest rated cave, RV Park and Campground. The closest campground to downtown Chattanooga and Lookout Mt.  There will be something for everyone on this trip if caving isn’t for you. http://www.raccoonmountain.com/

We will be caving the Fossil Crawl Expedition: Approximate Tour Time = 2 hours. This is an introductory expedition for those who are interested in caving. You will do some walking, some stoop walking, some crawling (nothing real small or too tight), and see beautiful fossils contained within the rock walls of the cave.

If caving isn’t your thing, then we can visit lookout Mt. or Rock City, the Tennessee Aquarium, find some treasures at the worlds longest yard sale or just hang out by the pool.

The campground (tent only) offers clean bathhouse with private showers, swimming pool, pan for gems, basketball, hiking trails, Ladder ball, arcade game room, go-karts and wireless internet access.

Cost $36 includes a guided cave tour, campsite, and main-course dinner Saturday night and breakfast Sunday morning. Participants will be asked to bring a specific food item to share for dinner.

Camp with us without caving $12.

Check-in is at 12:00 p.m. Caving starts a 1:30 p.m. I will make up a list of participants to email out later so everyone can arrange their own car-pool, so make sure you fill out your registration early.

You need to provide your own tent, sleeping bag & pad/air mattress, drinks and snacks. You do NOT need any cooking equipment. All campers will be required to help in meal preparation and/or clean-up as well as bring one item to share for the dinner meal. 

Your registration is NOT COMPLETE until you've signed up and are PAID by mailing me a check.
The first 18 to PAY are in.  RSVP is not enough, if you do NOT pay by the deadline date you will be removed from the list to allow others to register.

COST: $36 per person for cavers and $12 per person for campers, if post-marked by July 19, 2013; then it's $46 for cavers or $22 for campers per person if postmarked after July 20th.


Cancellation: *Note: Cancel on or before July 19, full refund. Cancel after July 19, No refund unless someone replaces you. The trip is limited to the first 18 who send a registration form and payment. RSVP will close July 31st.


RACCOON MT. CAMPGROUND
August 3 & 4, 2013
Name:________________________________
Address:____________________________________________________________________
Email:___________________________________________________
Cell:_________________ Home:___________________ Work:______________

Caving: ( ) Yes  ( ) No

Side dish:
( ) potato salad
( ) beans
( ) green salad
( ) mixed fruit
( ) dessert

( ) coffee

( ) bread
I agree that participation in the activities of SOA shall be undertaken at my own risk and I personally assume those risks.
____________________________________(signature)
My emergency contact information is: ____________________________________________________


Mail this form and your check to:

Roxann Ortmann

105 Lanyard Bend

Peachtree City, GA 30269

For questions please call: [masked]

Note: it is 125 miles from Atlanta traveling north on Interstate 75 to Tennessee, then take I-24 westbound towards Chattanooga, just over 10 miles to exit #174 and turn right at the bottom of the ramp then go 1.3 miles, the entrance will be on your left.  Allow 2 hours driving time.

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  • Marci B.

    I am so glad I met you, Lee and Patti. Thanks for hanging out with us at Look Out Mtn. to cheer Allen on. You girls are so much fun. I look forward to seeing you both many times in the future of SOA! :-D

    August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so grateful for SOA and all the planning and work that went into such an unusual and fun weekend. I never would have found this place on my own or dared to try it but you gave me the push I needed. Loved every minute of it and hanging with all of you.

    August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    (begin part 2)
    A pleasure meeting LM, Patti, Lorrie and Declan. Always good to see the other SOA’ers again! I highly recommend Raccoon Mountain camping and caving as well as Lookout Mountain Hang gliding, this will always stand out as one of my most memorable weekends.

    August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was an amazing weekend for me, well put together by Roxann with 10% help from Dr. Barb :o) Caving was incredible! I have taken cave tours before but getting down and dirty was awesome! Good food, good company and a great time around camp. Sunday we rode the ducks in Chattanooga, which I really enjoyed too. Cool to see the city from the river and hear some of Chattanooga’s history. Topped off by hang gliding, WOW! One of the greatest things I have ever done! Beautiful beyond description! My instructor had his daughters’ handprints on his helmet to remind himself not to get too risky, I love that story! (end part 1)

    August 5, 2013

  • Tom C.

    It was awesome caving in the depths of Raccoon Mtn on Sat, and then hiking the next day with great views of the Tennessee River followed by watching Allen and others hang glide from Lookout Mtn. What a mix of outdoor adventures in one weekend! I enjoyed meeting some newcomers to SOA,as well as see some good friends and hope to see them again. If you have never caved/spelunked or hang glided, and want to give it a try, these would be a good places to try. Just don't do it alone the first few times out...!

    August 5, 2013

  • Marci B.

    Had a great weekend with all of you. Kudos to Allen for his first tandem hang gliding ride. What a thrill to watch him and the other gliders there up on Lookout Mtn. Great day Sunday!!!

    August 5, 2013

  • Lorrie L.

    Great fun weekend - loved it all! Lorrie

    August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am a pretty prissy woman but got down and dirty with all of you. The cavang was one of the most amazing things I have accomplished! I did break a nail!

    You are an amazing group. I can't wait til the next event.

    August 4, 2013

  • Shelley

    The caving expedition was more difficult than I expected, but I am glad to be abled to say that I completed it with only a few bruises.

    August 4, 2013

  • Dr. B.

    I loved caving, getting dirty etc.

    August 4, 2013

  • Marci B.

    Okey dokey, thanks. See you soon.

    August 1, 2013

  • Marci B.

    Roxanne, did I send $36.00 or $12.00? I don't plan on caving. Thanks.

    August 1, 2013

    • Dr. B.

      You paid $12 with no caving. You and I were the first to pay which is how i know. Roxy won't be able to answer for hours as she is at work.

      August 1, 2013

  • Susan S.

    For those not camping, I've printed off coupons for the Chatt, chatanooga Ducks, sidewalk tours, cumberland caverns, The arboretum ruby falls and river gorge explorer. If interested, I can make copies for anyone. Let me know

    July 30, 2013

    • Roxann

      Perfect! That will give the camper something to do while we are caving.

      August 1, 2013

  • Tom C.

    Roxy, Ga and i have printed the waivers that Raccoon Mtn has and the info that you have above, and will bring them when we come.

    July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there still room? I have a check ready for the mail!!

    July 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Didn't send waiver! Can I bring it pr fax it ?

      July 16, 2013

    • Roxann

      You can down-load it from this site found under "More" Then "Files". Fill out and email it to me. [masked]

      July 16, 2013

  • Margaret

    I will bring rolls. Have signed the waiver.

    July 16, 2013

  • Kay

    Oh, I've never been caving, would love to! Is this overnight? I'm not a camper.

    May 15, 2013

    • Declan

      I just want to confirm that you got the check

      July 10, 2013

    • Roxann

      Yes! I received check, but did not get the info from the waver. I need it so I can make a list to privately email everyone going. You can find the waver at the top under "More" then "Files" there is a word doc there you can download and email me [masked] with the needed information. Let me know if you have anymore questions.

      July 10, 2013

  • Georgia H.

    Aint going without Tom...He's my'ride..

    June 28, 2013

  • Gail

    Really want to...but can't!

    June 27, 2013

  • Margaret

    I will just camp and enjoy Chattanooga.

    June 14, 2013

  • Susan S.

    I have an extra 1 person and 2 person tent that can be borrowed, but would need air mattress.

    May 17, 2013

    • Terrie S.

      Susan, I would love to take you up on the one person tent. Can I reserve it to borrow? Thank you, Terrie

      May 28, 2013

    • Susan S.

      Sure. Please remind me as we get closer to the date. I don't have mattress,b ut they can be picked up pretty pretty cheaply.

      May 28, 2013

  • Lilian Jette D.

    I am looking for people who have the time, ability and desire to do the AT. It can be a thru-hike or piece by peice.

    May 24, 2013

  • Marci B.

    I am just camping not caving. Will spend day doing fun things in Chattanooga.

    May 17, 2013

  • Larry C.

    Sounds like a great trip.

    May 14, 2013

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