Spelunking - Introduction to Caving

SUNDAY TRIP PAGE

“Join me for an unique adventure you will not soon forget …caving.”
Caving or “Spelunking” as many prefer, is an adventure sport that combines many different skills into one amazing experience.
Crawling through tight squeezes, wiggling down tunnels on
your belly or your backside, climbing up walls of rock – these are just a few of the challenges you might find in a cave environment.
Pitch darkness is what makes caving so different from other adventure sports - all of the challenges of movement in a confined space are increased when you have nothing more than a headlamp to guide you true.

Whiting's Neck
The wild caves near Shepherdstown, WV give explorers new to the sport an opportunity to descend into timeless caverns that are home to ancient “speleotherms” or cave structures.
Keep your eyes open and you might see tiny “soda straws,” the beginning stages of stalactite growth. “Flowstone” deposits shaped like ribbon candy and wedding cakes, “cave coral” that looks like burnt popcorn. These are just a few of the formations we might find at Whiting’
s Neck.
At the end of the trip, most people are amazed not only by the beauty of the cave structures, but by the challenges that they have overcome.
Whiting’s Neck cave presents the opportunity to rappel and ascend a rope, squeeze through the “keyhole,” (which only works if you figure out the right combination!) and cross over chasms that drop 30 feet.
A trip through Whiting’s Neck Cave is an opportunity to see and learn about the fragile ecosystem within a limestone cave, while also challenging ones-self physically.

The Cave
The Cave is known as Whiting Neck Cave, (an ecologically dead and growth retarded formation). This means in simple terms that the cave is no longer supporting any bio-diversity or growth, so there is nothing for us to harm or to influence. This allows camping in the cave, along with the introduction of our person biodiversity when we go into the system.
The caves are on WV public land, and therefore open to the public to use at will.
While the cave itself is on a small stretch of public land, the surround area is not, and is a nature preserve. Therefore we must park in the lot and walk to the entrance.
The cave is roughly a .8 mile in horizontal gain and has multitudes of pyrite and carbon deposits to check out. It’s a granite construction (which means no shifting) and is wet as all caves are, but has no flowing water.
There is a grotto in the back that all the camping is done in.
Nice place really...

SAFETY DETAILS:
This cave is well traveled and used. While it is not a commercial cave with lighting, there is clear evidence of multiple uses and is a very popular trip.
While there are small keys and crawls, there is no space on the cave that is less than 12 inches across any amount of space. Aka, you aren't going to get stuck in this cave.
The cave is wet, but there is no running water, so there are no concerns of safety there.
This cave is VERY well mapped and has no exteriors leads to other caverns. Aka, there is only one way in and out so you can't get lost...
I will also be following proper LNT and caving guidelines in ICE (ICE- In Case of Emergency). A contact person will be established with knowledge of exact time of departure and number of people along with ETA return date, with GPS Cords and local EMS services contact information.
This isn't to say that anything will happen, but with all serious adventures safety is paramount.
I wouldn't take people in there if I didn't think it was safe.
Gear Require: *MUST HAVE*
1.- Head light (This is a safety issue that has always been drilled)
2.- Helmet - Any type will do, bike, climbing, whit straps so stay in place.
3.- Knee pads are a must, I will recommended hard shell.
4.- Dirty/old clothes that you do not mind getting very dirty and wet. (Need to be long sleeve and long pants of any type.
5. Change of clothes (warm) to change into when you get out.
6. Snacks- as we will be in the cave roughly 6-7 hours
7. 1-2 liters of water per person.
8. Change of Socks
9. Head covering/hat/jacket- You will want it when you stop, as it gets really cold when not moving.
10. Small towel
11. Small pack to put gear in.
This trip doesn't really require anything that you can't get anywhere and there isn't any need for heavy camping gear at exception of rope and climbing harness which I do provide.

This is a straight up bad ass trip.
I like to call these hikes "interest hikes"

Whiting’s Neck cave is a bat habitat in the fall and winter, as
well as home to frogs, crickets, spiders, and the occasional shrew.
When temperatures drop outdoors, the cave maintains a steady 50-55 degrees, making the cave warm in winter (and cool in summer).
Itinerary:
Meet a Rockvile Metro Station at 8:30 AM
9:45 am Arrive at Yankauer Preserve
10:00 am Hike to cave
10:20 am Unload, assign equipment and safety talk
10:30 am Enter cave and exploration
2:30 pm Rotate to next cave or lower chamber using rope, we will go down straight to hell 30 feet.
5:00 pm Exit caves and back to parking lot
6:00 Drive back home.
IMPORTANT NOTE:
If you are claustrophobic this trip is NOT for you.

See you there!
Please email me with any questions.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CARPOOL:
Don't forget if you want a ride or are willing to offer a ride – be a friend to the environment, save money, and make friends by just posting a message!!
Have a ride: Please post where you are coming from, what time, and how many spots you have.
Need a ride: Post that you need a ride and contact any offers via e-mail for those that are offering rides.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Yankauer Preserve GPS coordinates:
[masked],[masked]
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NOTE: Payment to be off-line on the meetup spot.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Pictures from last trip:
https://picasaweb.google.com/116554298799035819637/SpelunkingIntroductionToCavingDec92012

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Attendant confirmed list:
Shelley- knee pad
Vanessa -  knee pad
Gabriela - Helmet
Kevin Reyes + 1
Lindsey - Helmet and knee pad
Sean
Laurence -
Helmet
Elizabeth

Join or login to comment.

  • Lawrence

    I vote that we either do this cave again, or find a new one for another adventure. Darwin, do you know of other caves in the area?

    February 5, 2013

  • Darwin

    Fantastic group, that human bridge was the best, thank you guys for everything.

    February 3, 2013

    • Lawrence

      Vanessa, I think I have a pic or two of the human bridge! I'll be uploading stuff tomorrow :-)

      February 5, 2013

    • Lawrence

      And yes, I would love to join you all for another excursion.

      February 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    AMAZING!

    1 · February 5, 2013

  • Sean

    I think this qualifies for one of the most badass things I've ever done.

    February 4, 2013

    • Sean

      Hey guys, if anyone wants to add me on Facebook, search seanhasher [at] gmail [dot] com.

      February 4, 2013

  • Vanessa

    Today was awesome!!! Thanks!!!

    February 3, 2013

  • Darwin

    On my way, see you on meetup place.
    [masked]

    February 3, 2013

  • Christopher N.

    So, I just signed up. I have all So I just signed up for this. I have all the equipment I need and some enthusiasm packed up and ready to go on this crazy adventure. The only problem is that I am driving there and would like to make sure I find you young adventurers once I arrive. My phone number is[masked]-4822. Would someone please shoot me a text so that I have a point of contact? the equipment for

    February 2, 2013

    • Darwin

      Darwin[masked]

      February 2, 2013

  • Darwin

    It can be 5 degrees and raining cats and dogs outside but that doesn't bother us at all, we will be "underground" and whit a 55 constant degrees, YES we still going.

    February 2, 2013

  • Lawrence

    Hey Darwin,

    The weather isn't ideal--are we still on for tomorrow? Just wanted to check. Please let me know.

    Thanks!!

    --Lawrence

    February 2, 2013

  • Darwin

    I will bring 4 extra helmets and 3 extra kneed pads, claim yours whit time.

    January 29, 2013

    • Darwin

      You got it Lawrence.

      January 31, 2013

    • Lawrence

      Thanks!

      February 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm coming from Fairfax if anyone needs a ride in the Fairfax/Vienna area--4 extra spots. Also, does anyone happen to have an extra helmet? I can get one by Sunday but it would be nice to not have to buy one...

    January 29, 2013

    • Vanessa

      Hi Lindsey- I won't be able to make it to vienna via metro by then. I guess metro opens later. oops. I can drive to vienna station, or somewhere else if that's more convenient, park, and then we can drive up to rockville together? Let me know if this will work and where I should meet you. See you sunday!

      January 31, 2013

    • Darwin

      Metro open at 7 am.

      January 31, 2013

  • Darwin

    We are moving from Rockville metro kiss%ride area at 9 am sharp, whit or whit-out full attendance.
    This go for both Saturday and Sunday trip.

    January 31, 2013

  • Sean

    Just to clarify - are we all meeting at the Rockville Kiss & Ride, and then driving separately to WV? Or am I missing something?

    January 31, 2013

    • Darwin

      We meet there and carpool whit the ones that are offering/have extra room on their cars.

      January 31, 2013

  • Darwin

    1 spot available for Sunday trip.

    January 30, 2013

  • Sean

    Driving from St. Mary's County if anyone wants to carpool.

    January 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be coming from College Park if anyone wants to carpool?

    January 30, 2013

  • Darwin

    There a 3 spots available for Sunday trip.
    Claim your right away.

    January 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      awesome. Thanks!

      January 30, 2013

  • Darwin

    8 spots will open up tomorrow for Sunday trip, claim yours by email.
    The ones who haven't reconfirm attendance will be remove.

    January 29, 2013

    • Tina G.

      Hi Darwin, I would like to reconfirm and reserve a set of knee pads please!

      January 29, 2013

    • Darwin

      Tina - Sorry no more knee pads available.

      January 30, 2013

  • Darwin

    @ ALL - Please I NEED your attendant reconfirmation for this trip, we have a very long waiting list, if for any reason you can make please free your spot so some one else can join, be in the attendant list and NOT SHOW UP is just not cool.
    If I don't have your reconfirmation in 48 HR. I'll remove you from the main list and give that spot to another person.
    Be serious please.

    January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cavers rescue spelunkers! Suggest you wear technical fabrics, not cotton.

    January 28, 2013

9 went

Your organizer's refund policy for Spelunking - Introduction to Caving

Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.

Our Sponsors

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Imagine having a community behind you

Get started Learn more
Henry

I decided to start Reno Motorcycle Riders Group because I wanted to be part of a group of people who enjoyed my passion... I was excited and nervous. Our group has grown by leaps and bounds. I never thought it would be this big.

Henry, started Reno Motorcycle Riders

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy