Belly crawl, squeeze and get muddy during this Wild Caving tour in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. The trip will start with about a 4 1/2 hour drive leaving from Newport News at noon on Saturday, January 5 to Buckhorne Campground in Clifton Forge, Va. The campground has tent camping available, with 2 tents per spot. Cost for tent spot is $19, so about $10 per person. Please call the campground and reserve your campsite. They also have small RV trailers available for rental for $35 per night if you prefer to sleep indoors, sleep 2-4 people. See www.buckhorne.com Use the comments section to ask if anyone wants to share a trailer with you, or rent it for yourself. Whether you are tent camping or wanting to rent one of their trailers, call and reserve your site as soon as possible to ensure availability.
The next morning we will arrive at nearby Lost World Caverns by 9:30am. We will meet our guide to descend underground and begin a 4-6 hour excursion through Lost World Caverns. This is a commercial cave that has walking tours, but for adventurers a guide takes you deeper into the dark depths of the cave for an authentic caving experience including going through parts named Birth Canal, Squeeze Box, and The Drain.
The only light will be the headlamp, and scrambling, climbing, crawling through tight spaces, and getting muddy will be required. Do not sign up for this event if you are claustrophobic!! Physical fitness and agility is required for this event. You must belly crawl in extremely tight spaces. Consider your body size and physical ability when determining if this trip is for you, and if you have issues with being in closed, dark spaces please don't sign up for this trip. No caving experience is required and a guide will be there to see that we are safe.
Temperature in caves stay the same year around, about 50-55 degrees. You will be muddy and dirty afterwords, bring a complete change of clothes for after and a trash bag.
-Hiking boots (no tennis shoes!)
-long pants/shirt (coveralls are good)
-food/water for night of camping, snacks/lunch for next day (guides provides some food in cave)
***You must also bring an extra full set of clothes to the cave, including a change of shoes!!
Helmet, gloves, knee pads, and headlamp will be provided, no vertical gear required.
This is an adventuresome, authentic, guided wild caving adventure-don't miss out if you think you can handle it. Caving will end around 4pm, we will go get some dinner, and will be back in Hampton Roads area by around 10pm on Sunday, January 6th.
Pay upon arrival at the cave.
Cost caving tour is $70 per person
Includes free CD with pictures of your expedition
For those carpooling, please bring $20 per person in cash for gas money for the drivers which will be collected at the carpool location before departing.
Meet at carpool location by 11:30 am on Saturday in Newport News. Location info posted in Comments section below.
This is a precursor to the more extreme trip originally planned at Organ Cave, which is in the same vicinity. Come to this trip for a slightly less intense experience to see if you're ready for Organ Cave in Feb or March. This trip is shorter and cheaper than the previous, but still a very highly rated wild caving experience.