Caving Adventures

The underground sidewalk and the tourist cave light show are not for you, you want to see it the way it was before the electrician got there!

Primitive caves have all the features of the subterranean world – speleothems (stalactites, flowstone, soda straws, and columns), lots of real mud, and sometimes even bats (but most of them are asleep, and all of them are harmless).

Learn cave travel safety, underground navigation, and some “total body hiking.” Pull on your coveralls, clip on your helmet, adjust your headlamp, and down we go. There are squeezes if you want them, and belly crawls for the adventurous but there are also corridor ceilings higher than your house, and large cavern rooms for the claustrophobic. Find out what the year-round underground temperature is, and then finally emerge back into sunlight with a new appreciation for what happens underneath Virginia where limestone and groundwater meet. The gleam of your smile might be the only thing shining through the mud on your face! Locations available in both Virginia (near Harrisonburg) and West Virginia (near Franklin and Spruce Knob).

*Note: These trips are not advised for individuals with an extremely sedentary lifestyle (low fitness, or significant overweightness), or for young children.

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BEginner Caving

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Beginner Caving is a great introduction for first-timers and younger cavers. This involves largely horizontal movement such as walking, stooping, and crawling. On all our caving trips, we learn basic caving safety, underground navigation, and some elementary limestone geology.

($125 for 1-3 people; $25 for each additional)

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Intermediate Caving

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Intermediate Caving is a challenging step-up for folks who have been underground before, or who are fit enough to manage some strenuous vertical moves and sustained physical effort. On all our caving trips, we learn basic caving safety, underground navigation, and some elementary limestone geology.

($125 for 1-3 people; $25 for each additional)

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Design Your Own Adventure

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Numerous other options exist, including hiking and climbing guiding along Virginia’s Blue Ridge or at the NROCKS (WV), a climbing self-rescue clinic, outdoor fitness training, group orienteering challenges in the National Forest, and flatwater paddling instruction for beginners and children. We can customize to meet the interests of your family, scout troop, or youth group. Contact us to plan your perfect trip.

“Unusual travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“All sights of nature are beautiful.  All great natural phenomena are greatly beautiful. That is a fundamental fact. Our business is not to question it, but to see the beauty if and when we can.” – Sir Martin Conway