WILD GUYde Adventures, LLC
1047 Stuart St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
“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)
Half-Day Caving: 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). 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. Learn cave travel
safety, underground navigation, and some “total body hiking.” Find out what the year-round underground
temperature is, and then finally emerge back into sunlight with a new
appreciation for what happens underneath
Beginner Caving is a great introduction for first-timers and younger cavers. This involves largely horizontal movement (walking, stooping, and crawling). Intermediate Caving is a nice step up for folks who have been underground before, or who are fit enough to manage some strenuous vertical moves and sustained physical effort.
($125 for 1-3 people; $25 for each additional)
Essential Eligibility Criteria for Caving
Participants should be capable of:
1. Performing adequately in head-lamp visibility environments.
2. Operating in an environment that is dark, wet, muddy, constructed, and constantly at abuot 50°F.
3. Physically crab-walking, bear-waling, belly-crawling, and duck-walking.
4. Using arms and upper body strength and balance to stabilize during movement, protect, and occasionally scramble or climb over varied natural terrain (mud, rocks, sloping surfaces).
Design Your Own Adventure: Numerous other options exist, including hiking and climbing guiding along Virginia’s Blue Ridge or at the Nelson Rock Outdoor Center (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. Call to talk about your needs. (540-433-1637 or Lester@wildguyde.com).
“Beware of all enterprises which require new clothes.” (H.D. Thoreau)
He must have been a caver..!