Spelunking - Caving adventure

  • July 27, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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There are two dates for this trip, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18, look for the one that fit your schedule and follow instructions (at the end of trip description) to join.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Trip is "limited "to 10 person and just payment in advance will secure you an spot, please follow instructions at the end of trip description, once payment is send you will be move to the main attendance list.

“Join me for an unique adventure you will not soon forget,
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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.
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Gear provide by me:

Climbing harness - Hard shell knee pads - Helmet - Heat light
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Extra Gear Require that you provide:
1. Old clothes that you don't mind getting dirty and wet. 
2. Full set of clean clothes to change when we get back.
3. Snacks- as we will be in the cave roughly 6-7 hours
4. 2 liters of water per person.
5. Head covering/hat/jacket to be use inside of cave.
It gets cold when not moving.

6. Small towel for cleaning later.
7. Small day pack to put gear in.

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 9:00 AM
10:45 am Arrive at Yankauer Preserve
11:00 am Unload, assign equipment and safety talk
11:30 am Enter cave and exploration
2:30 pm Rotate to 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 Dinner time close-by.
7:00 Drive back home.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
If you are claustrophobic this trip is NOT for you.

See you there!
Please email me with any questions.
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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.
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Payment to be on the Pay-To-Play basis.

Using Amazon Payment or Paypal send the amount of $36.35
Trip cost: $35.00 + merchant fee 2.9% = 36.35 ---> Total to be send to [masked]
, as soon payment is send you will be upgrade to the main attendance list.
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Pictures from past trips: 
https://picasaweb.google.com/116554298799035819637/SpelunkingIntroductionToCavingDec92012
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  • Darwin

    Great adventure, awesome folks, really good times.

    2 · July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome pictures Darwin! Thanks again for this awesome trip.

    1 · July 30, 2013

  • Suzi

    so nice to meet everyone :) Thanks Darwin for guiding us!

    4 · July 28, 2013

    • Darwin

      Thank you for join me in this crazy adventure and give the opportunity to draw an smile on your face.

      1 · July 28, 2013

    • SJ

      Thanks Darwin for organizing this trip. Best one I had ever been to.

      1 · July 28, 2013

  • Suzi

    Hi guys, here is a meetup group that goes to Sportrock (in Sterling and Alexandria) and Earthtreks in Rockville http://www.meetup.com/rockclimbing-62/

    This is the group I climb with the most, we climb in Manassas. My friends and I are often there on Monday and Wednesday nights even if there isn't a meetup
    http://www.meetup.com/Going-Vertical-Climbing-Club/

    both groups welcome newbies and are happy to teach what we can (only gym employees can teach belaying) Here is my facebook info as well https://www.facebook.com/suzi.phillips.39 if you want to contact me about climbing, or whatever :)

    2 · July 28, 2013

  • Aimee S.

    Amazing time, everyone!! Loved the trip today :)

    3 · July 28, 2013

  • Suzi

    I will be driving to the Yankauer Preserve from my place. I looked on a website http://www.potomacaudubon.org/yankauer and got this information as for the location. Is this the correct place to meet up at 10:45am?

    GPS Coordinates: N[masked] W[masked] (or directly across the road from 455 Whiting's Neck Road, Martinsburg WV[masked]

    July 26, 2013

    • Darwin

      That is exactly the place, across that address you will see a small parking lot (10 cars) wait for us there, just to let you there is no cell resection so no way to get on contact when on our way.

      July 26, 2013

    • Darwin

      9:45 am at he Yankauer Preserve.

      July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we meeting at 8 or 9 at the Rockville metro station?

    July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Darwin says he has a spot on for saturday which I just saw can I still come in tommorow I can get cash of pay via pay pal if I can get a conformation.
    Will see message at 6.00 am on morning again hope Darwin replies

    July 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I might even call darwin early morning hope he does not mind

      July 27, 2013

    • Darwin

      Not a problem, just come, try to get on time at Rockville Metro Station, we will be moving from there at 8 am sharp.

      July 27, 2013

  • Darwin

    OK. guy's, see you tomorrow in case save my cell number[masked]

    July 26, 2013

  • Darwin

    Is any one going to Rockville metro station?
    I do need a ride...any one???[masked]

    July 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will meet up at Rockville metro station for those who need a ride. I can fit 2 more, 3 but it will be tight.

      July 26, 2013

    • Darwin

      Count me in, thank you in advance.

      July 26, 2013

  • Suzi

    I will be coming from Reston, VA and I am happy to join someone for a carpool if anyone is in the Fairfax area. I don't mind driving.

    July 25, 2013

  • Suzi

    I am a rock climber, so I have my own helmet, harness and headlamp. If I sign up, do I need to pay the full $35? I am happy to pay the full amount, but just wanted to check before I did. Thanks :)

    July 25, 2013

    • Darwin

      There is a flat rate, whit or whit out gear, in comparison to other groups that charge $150 x person and divide the trip in 2 sessions this is a steal.

      July 25, 2013

    • Suzi

      Thanks for getting back to me, I just sent the money :) I am very excited for this trip!

      1 · July 25, 2013

  • Charlie H.

    Hey, I'm on the wait list for the Sunday trip, but I'd like to get on the going list for this one instead. Do I just need to do the payment to get on this list and I'll be good?

    July 24, 2013

  • SJ

    I'm interested.

    July 23, 2013

  • Darwin

    I need a ride from metro, will help whit gas$$

    July 23, 2013

  • Jessie H

    Cool. And will there be any open spaces or cool views to bring like a gopro or something? Or is it entirely crawling through small places? Like caverns or something?

    July 20, 2013

  • Chase W.

    This looks awesome. I've never done a meet up before so don't know how it works. But I definitely want to do this trip. Is it too late, do I join the wait list, or just pay? I can do July 27th, it's a bit confusing because date says July 27th then below July 17th and 18th.

    July 20, 2013

    • Darwin

      It is the date that show in the page...Where it say 17-18, I can found that part?

      July 20, 2013

    • Darwin

      Just pay

      July 20, 2013

  • Alex L.

    I have really been trying to make it to one of these but it always ends up being on a bad day for me. I will be travelling for work that weekend so I will have to miss this one

    July 9, 2013

    • Darwin

      There is aways next time.

      1 · July 9, 2013

  • Jessie H

    awesome trip! Quick question. Is this for beginners? What about someone who is athletic, but has never really rock climbed or done anything similar to this?

    July 9, 2013

    • Darwin

      It is for all level of expertise, beginners welcome because I do all the heavy work for you.

      1 · July 9, 2013

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