Off-Trail Caving - Oregon Caves

Experience the off-trail tour

Date: Tour will be June 30, 2013 at 2pm.

Price: $30 per person + $15-20 for gas for the driver.  When RSVPing please email Isaac (through his profile) to arrange payment.

Temperature: It is usually a balmy 40ish degrees in the caves, even in the summer, so pack according.

Regarding Guests: I have limited the ability to RSVP with guests.  If you wish to bring a guest please email me.

Checklist: Please be sure to read the Group Checklist found in the Files Section of the Willamette Valley Outdoors Meetup Page prior to RSVPing.

Important: This is a strenuous activity in a tight space, if you are claustrophobic or have never been on a cave tour or caving, please don't RSVP for this.  Please read the full write up and website prior to RSVPing.

Write-up from Website: Experience the wondrous, wild areas of Oregon Caves National Monument off trail! Trained guides will teach you caving techniques, cave etiquette, and bring you face-to-face with the marble structure of Oregon Caves. This three-hour experience through tight squeezes and crawls will challenge and exhilarate you!

This is a very strenuous, adventurous experience. Scramble boulders, belly crawl, negotiate uneven rock piles, and squeeze yourself through confined cave passages as small as 11 inches by 19 inches. The only source of light is your caving headlamp!

Nestled deep inside the Siskiyou Mountains, the caves formed as rainwater from the ancient forest above dissolved the surrounding marble and created one of the world's few marble caves. The highly complex geology found on the Monument contributes to the unusual and rare plants and animals found nowhere else but here. Experience the extensively decorated and adventurous "Marble Halls of Oregon."

More Information: http://www.nps.gov/orca/planyourvisit/off-trail-caving-tours.htm

 

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  • Matthew H.

    How did the trip go?

    July 2, 2013

  • Garth

    Sorry guys. I'm having problems with my left knee, and need to take it a bit easy. Have fun!

    June 30, 2013

  • Anne

    I have been looking forward to this for a long time. However, I am flying home to Minneapolis the day before! This was the only time I could go home :-(

    June 2, 2013

  • Anne

    Ok, so I just need a catch up. Am I still on the list? If so, can I call them to pay or do I need to set up a pay pal account? Thanks!

    June 2, 2013

    • Anne

      Ugggh! Dang it! I am flying to Minneapolis the day before :-( :-( I have really been looking forward to it!

      June 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I haven't gone caving before but thought it would be fun to try... just read that I probably shouldn't though :o/ How important is experience really? I don't want to pay if its a really bad idea.

    May 30, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      There will be experienced guides for the event. It is each individuals own choice of knowing their abilities. Maybe try a few larger caves near Bend, and see how you feel about being in a cave, with and without a harness. Also see how you react while in a small crawl space. Those are the suggestions that I can make. Isaac may be able to answer any other questions you may have about how many guides, how long of passage ways in tight spots, and so on.

      May 30, 2013

    • Isaac

      There will be 2 guides, and from my understanding the area we are going through will have some very tight fits.

      May 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Isaac is this the caving one you mentioned at skydiving?

    May 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, can't make this date. Maybe another time?

    May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Haven't been caving since college - I would love to do it again! Depends on the date though ...

    May 20, 2013

  • Benjamin G.

    Is equipment provided, or is this a bring your own? Looks like. Helmet, knee pads and caving lamp.

    March 5, 2013

    • Isaac

      They supply you with everything, actually no outside caving gear is allowed due to the possibility of exposing the local bat population to disease.

      March 8, 2013

  • Roxie R.

    I am definitely interested, but will not know until it's closer to May and know the date.
    Thanks
    Roxie

    February 6, 2013

  • Matthew H.

    Cave exploring is as much as I would do. This would be a bit too much for me, with the tight squeezing through rocks. I hope everyone has a safe and fun time.

    1 · February 3, 2013

  • Janel L.

    sounds adventurous, but not for claustrophobic me. I hope you all have a great time!

    February 3, 2013

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Refunds offered if:

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Additional notes: Due to the extremely limited nature of the cave tours we have to per-reserve spots on the cave tour. Refunds within 30 days of the meetup will be contingent upon someone taking your place on the tour.

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