Spelunking - Caving adventure

  • July 28, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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TRIP FULL - NO MORE SPOT AVAILABLE FOR THIS DATE.

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]

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Pictures from past trips: 
https://picasaweb.google.com/116554298799035819637/SpelunkingIntroductionToCavingDec92012
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  • Darwin

    Was this a Jules Verne type of adventure or what?
    Great to have you all.

    1 · July 30, 2013

  • Bipin

    Awesome pictures Sheldon! Thanks aplenty:)

    July 29, 2013

    • Bipin

      I will make a video soon. I am going to make a little movie with all the footage I have. I ll let you know :)

      1 · July 29, 2013

  • Clare

    Darwin, thank you for another amazing adventure. Truly unforgettable. How do you top that one? It was wonderful to meet you Bipin, Amber, Janae, Greg, Rose, Sheldon, Sara and friends. Hope to see you all again. Can't wait to see pictures.

    1 · July 29, 2013

    • Darwin

      @ Sara, look here for info about the backpacking trip:
      http://www.meetup.com...­

      July 29, 2013

    • Darwin

      About the one that can top spelunking...well, I don't want to spoil it the surprise, you will have to wait a bit longer.

      July 29, 2013

  • Bipin

    It was the experience of a lifetime indeed. Like Darwin said, " an adventure that we will not soon forget". It was the best thing I have done, period. Thank you Darwin for guiding us. I need more adventures like these. It was nice seeing all of you. And Clare, thanks for the cozy ride:) Hope to see you guys again!

    1 · July 29, 2013

  • Amber

    I had so much fun meeting everyone and the cave was unbelievable. Truly a bad ass trip. We climbed through 12 in tunnels, repelled off of a 30 foot drop, hung precariously over chasms. It really was an awesome adventure. Thank you so much Darwin for showing us the cave and making sure we explored it carefully and had a great time.

    1 · July 29, 2013

  • Sara M.

    We're running late, does anyone have the GPS coordinates?

    July 28, 2013

    • Bipin

      We will be at the parking lot in about 10 mins. Do you guys know how far you are?

      July 28, 2013

    • Sara M.

      I'd say about 25 minutes

      July 28, 2013

  • Bipin

    I am at the metro. Anyone here yet?

    July 28, 2013

    • Clare

      I'm here. Greenish grey prius

      July 28, 2013

    • Amber

      I must be in the wrong area. No cabs here.

      July 28, 2013

  • Clare

    Darwin, the time on the meetup says 9 now. Are we meeting at Rockville metro at 8 or 9?

    July 28, 2013

  • Amber

    Is there a specific area at the Rockville Metro that we're meeting at? I've never been there before. I'll be driving a red Jeep with a Monster sticker on the back.

    July 28, 2013

  • Bipin

    So we are meeting at 9 ?

    July 28, 2013

  • Bipin

    @Darwin, I am assuming we all should bring extra flash lights, batteries, matches/ candles along with the equipments you provide?

    July 25, 2013

    • Darwin

      Not necessary.

      July 28, 2013

  • Darwin

    I need ride from Rockville metro station, can help whit gas$$

    July 23, 2013

    • Clare

      Yes, we have Janae, Bipin, Darwin and me.

      1 · July 26, 2013

    • Darwin

      Fantastic, than you.

      July 27, 2013

  • Darwin

    @ ALL in the waiting list - Just 1 spot free for this day trip, first sending payment will get it.

    July 25, 2013

  • Sara M.

    Hi guys! Just want to let you know that I will be meeting you at the trailhead at 10:45 instead of the metro. Can't wait to meet everyone and experience this new adventure!

    2 · July 24, 2013

  • Bipin

    I need a ride from Rockville Metro and can help with gas money as well. Thanks:)

    July 23, 2013

  • Sheldon Z.

    For those of us driving on our own, could I please get an address/intersection/gps coordinates for where we will meet at the cave?

    July 23, 2013

    • Darwin

      Google: Yankauer Preserve

      1 · July 23, 2013

  • Bipin

    Can I be moved to Sunday? I am confirmed for Sarurday.

    July 22, 2013

    • Darwin

      You have been move.

      July 23, 2013

  • Sheldon Z.

    I'll meet you guys at the cave, Rockville is the opposite direction for me.

    1 · July 22, 2013

  • Greg M.

    I made the payment by Paypal from [masked]. Looking forward to the trip!

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • Darwin

    @ ALL - If you want to join the trip, you have to follow the instructions on trip detail.

    July 21, 2013

  • Sara M.

    I want to come with two friends. Is it possible for me to pay for the three of us and reserve three spots? I see there are currently only two people attending and we can be there for sure.

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Darwin

      It is, as soon payment is receive you will be upgrade to the main group.

      July 15, 2013

    • Sara M.

      Awesome! I sent the payment for the three of us this evening; I'm excited!

      1 · July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This looks amazing!! If spots open up, would anyone be willing to carpool?

    July 15, 2013

    • Darwin

      To be part of this trip you have to follow the instruction describe on the trip details.

      July 15, 2013

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