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Explore Lost Creek Cave - Wild Cave trip near Sparta, TN

Event Details:

Caving Trip for Beginners and Intermediate

MEETUP Time @ 1st CARPOOL LOCATION 8:00 am (CT): Target parking lot in Antioch, off I-24 Bell Road Exit #59.

MEETUP Time @ 2nd CARPOOL LOCATION 8:35 am (CT): Home Depot parking lot in Lebanon, off I-40 Exit #236.

HIKE DISTANCE : Our plan is to cover 2 to 3 miles of the mapped cave system.  Measuring your "hike" distance underground rock is an inexact science.
DIFFICULTY RATING : Strenuous.  This is NOT a walking tour.  And there is NO paid tour guide.  There is a lot of standing, but we will mix in stooping, crawling, rock scrambling over uneven terrain, lose rock, and possibly wet conditions. 

DRIVE TIME : 1 HR 15 MIN one way from the 2nd carpool. 

ACTIVITY TIME : Approximately 4.5 hours in the cave, depending on the size of our group turnout and how far we push to explore.

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. 

Beginner level cavers are welcome, but you must be in good physical health.  I cannot stress this enough.  Understand that the itinerary for this mostly horizontal cave system, while not technically difficult, requires crawling on hands and knees, stooping, hiking on muddy surfaces, squeezing through tight spaces, climbing on breakdown (fallen rocks of all sizes), and possibly getting wet.  Just "getting there" from formation to formation is sometimes more than half the fun!

AGENDA for LOST CREEK

There is one large waterfall inside the cave which, if you can cast enough light, is a cool photo opportunity.   The waterfall can be reached from the entrance fairly quickly.  There are multiple layers in the cave and the rest of our agenda will be more Exploratory in nature, checking out the nooks and crannies of the levels.  There is a 'chimney' section in one end of the cave, which leads to some cool flowstone formations.  Climbing the section requires technique.  It is not mandatory that you climb the chimney.  You may walk the narrow passage, however, your feet will get extremely wet.   

Required Items: 

  • Caving or Climbing Helmet (See Notes below for more info on helmets)
  • Three sources of light (including your headlamp)
  • Extra batteries for your main lights
  • Hiking boots with aggressive tread---NO tennis shoes
  • 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 no designated place to change clothes in the parking area).
  • A towel to sit on for the ride home
  • A FUN attitude!!!

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Please offer your carpool driver gas money.

My estimation is that we will emerge from the cave between 2:00 and 3:00pm (CT).  We will then get un-packed, change into cleaner clothes then, drive toward Cookeville or Lebanon to grab group grub.

   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.  $40 to $50 is a small investment to make to protect your head; you can also use this helmet on our outdoor rock climbing and rappelling events. 

Directions:

The Home Depot - Lebanon 955 S Hartman Drive, Lebanon, TN 37087 

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  • david w.

    One of my favs.

    November 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome adventure!!! We had a great time.

    November 27, 2011

  • Jeff M

    Cool cave, unexpected challenges, great company. I'm already looking forward to the next caving trip!

    November 27, 2011

  • Troy

    This is the caving story that I mentioned yesterday: http://www.angelfire.com/trek/caver/ There are links to photos throughout the story.

    November 27, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Amazing! Great group of people, awesome cave, and unexpected beautiful waterfalls!!!

    November 27, 2011

  • Irvin M.

    awesome trip!! Thanks Patrick!! awesome company! looking forward to the next one!!

    November 26, 2011

  • Rob C.

    My favorite cave trip ever. Great people and great cave.

    November 26, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still waiting to hear how this trip turned out...

    November 26, 2011

  • Rob C.

    I'm coming from Hendersonville, picking up Irvin then taking vietnam vets to 109. Anyone else wanna ride w/ us?

    November 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    @Frank- that sounds fine with me :) thanks

    November 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    @Marsha - I have an extra helmet, but it is a mans large. If you don't mind the loose fit, it will work just fine.

    November 24, 2011

  • Karen D.

    I would like to go, but am not sure if you take the first name from the waiting list, or first to respond. HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!!! We sure do have so very much to be thankful for!!!

    November 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Alrighty..before I go out and buy a helmet on Black Friday of all days, does anyone have an extra that I may borrow or rent? :) Lemme know as soon as you can!

    November 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    OK see you at Hardees.

    November 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    YES! I insist! Need egg & cheese Croisandwich for my energy!

    November 20, 2011

  • Patrick

    @Michele...because Frank will insist, we will stop at the Hardees in Sparta about 9:40am. You can meet us there.

    November 20, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have an extra helmet. Size is man's (large for my fat head). Also have a headlamp for it.

    November 13, 2011

  • Karen D.

    I would like to go if possible, as I am on the waiting list. Thanks, Karen Dunne

    November 13, 2011

  • Patrick

    @Jenny, if you can handle crawling, climbing over/under rocks, & standing/stooping in crouched, muddy narrow spaces, then you will be ok. David's correct. Much of the 'strenuous' stuff would be in & back, & not push thru. For ex., if a few members want to crawl on bellies for 15 ft, the rest can hang back & take a break until the belly-crawlers return. But if you don't push yourself every now & then, you do not know what you can accomplish; you know only what opportuntity you left behind.

    November 2, 2011

  • david w.

    Jenny Its not that hard of a cave, mainly walking over rocks, you don't have to anything you can't handle.

    November 2, 2011

  • Jenny

    Hey everyone! I was really excited when I saw this trip pop up because I've wanted to try real caving for a very long time now.
    I'm on the waitlist, which may be for the best because I am concerned about the 'strenuous' aspect - I am in fairly good shape, I run several times a week, but I'm definitely not an athlete and I've never been caving before so I have no way to guage my skill level there. Should I wait for an easier caving expedition for my first time?? Thanks :)

    November 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to a fun time. Thanks, Patrick

    November 1, 2011

  • Mary C.

    @indrani-I have some extra elbo pads you can use also if you like?

    November 1, 2011

  • Mary C.

    @Indrani-LOL they are all yours ;)

    November 1, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm glad I get to finally do another cave with you. Thanks for arranging this Patrick!

    November 1, 2011

  • Indrani S.

    @David - those are for me, if Mary C. has not already claimed them :D

    November 1, 2011

  • Rob C.

    hey guys RSVPs open at 8pm tonight

    November 1, 2011

  • Irvin M.

    RSVP is closed?

    November 1, 2011

  • david w.

    One of my Fav. caves - Everyone will enjoy this trip! I have spare helmet and spare knee-elbow pads.

    November 1, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yeah me too

    November 1, 2011

  • Steve D.

    Patrick, I tried to rsvp and it is telling me that the event is not open for Rsvps

    November 1, 2011

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