Spelunking - Introduction to Caving

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“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.
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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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Yankauer Preserve GPS coordinates:
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NOTE: Payment to be off-line on the meetup spot.
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Pictures from last trip:
https://picasaweb.google.com/116554298799035819637/SpelunkingIntroductionToCavingDec92012
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Attendant confirmed list:
Parham
Aileen + 2
Chloe
Celeste
Naya
Gabriela Herbas
Veronica
Shelley
Katie Chinn
Amy + 1

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  • Darwin

    The video didn't came out to well because the lack of light and the movement. if you get car sick regularly you will hate it.

    February 4, 2013

  • Amy

    Anyone posting any pictures?

    February 3, 2013

    • Darwin

      I have just 4, forget my camera up on the cliff when roping down.

      February 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Meghan will eventually send me hers but sometimes she takes a while. As soon as she does I'll post!

      February 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    SO FUN! And still a little sore this morning :)

    February 3, 2013

  • Darwin

    Guy's, thank you to for coming, it was a fun strenuous day wile enjoin a Jules Verne stile adventure.
    See around, don't become a stranger.

    February 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you so much for everything, Darwin! You were an AWESOME guide. Can't wait to do it again!

      February 3, 2013

  • Darwin

    After the event will be hungry for sure and I do know a very nice place just a couple blocks from Rockville metro where we can grave a decent bit if you are interested.

    February 2, 2013

  • Darwin

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

    January 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm still counting on you for gear. See you tomorrow!

      February 1, 2013

    • Darwin

      @ Naya - Katie You girls are cover.

      February 2, 2013

  • Darwin

    For the ones riding metro, have in mind that some station will be close due to track work, mining you will need more time to get to your destination.

    February 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    any last minute drop outs!?!

    February 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi there! We'll be meeting at the location at 9:45. I'll be driving 3 of us.

    February 1, 2013

    • Darwin

      We won't be there until 10:30 am.

      February 1, 2013

  • Celeste

    Hey all! I still have plenty of room in my car if anyone needs a ride next Sat.

    January 27, 2013

    • Darwin

      @ Celeste - Christy is not coming.

      January 30, 2013

    • Celeste

      Okay! So it's me, a friend, Darwin, Parham. I have one more spot open.

      February 1, 2013

  • Darwin

    Save my cell #[masked]

    February 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey, Darwin, do you have a head lamp, helmet, and knee pads that I could borrow?

    January 30, 2013

  • Amy

    Are we all meeting at the metro or can we meet right at the location?

    January 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was going to ask the same question. Is there a GPS location or address? If need be, we can meet at the metro, but I think for me it would be more direct to just meet there.

      January 31, 2013

    • Darwin

      There is not a physical address but this is the GPS coordinates:
      Yankauer Preserve:[masked],[maske­d]

      January 31, 2013

  • Darwin

    Yankauer Preserve GPS coordinates:[masked],[masked]

    January 31, 2013

  • Darwin

    @ ALL ATTENTION:
    There are 2 trips one on Saturday and 1 on Sunday.
    Make sure you may comment on the one the right one, looks like several f you are confuse about it.

    January 29, 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

      I had RSVPed for 2 people. It looks like I am no longer on the list of people attending, although it has not hit the 48 hour timeframe. I would still like to attend. Please let me know if my spots have been given away.

      January 29, 2013

    • Darwin

      @ Melissa - There are 2 trips one on Saturday and 1 on Sunday...This is the page for the Saturday trip and you have sign up on the Sunday trip.

      January 29, 2013

  • Darwin

    This trip "always" get a lot of expectations and will fill up quickly, please be serious about reserving.

    January 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds fun but I'm having surgery jan 31st.

    January 14, 2013

    • Darwin

      Maybe next time, hope your surgery go whit out any inconvenient.

      January 14, 2013

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