Caving Excursions in West Virginia and Pennsylvania
Due to the spread of the “White Nose Syndrome” among the bat population in the Northeast and now the Mid-Atlantic states, we are limiting our Adventure Caving Instruction programs to Whiting’s Neck Cave, near Shepherdstown, WV. The National Speleological Society has called for a temporary moratorium on all commercial and private cave excursions in bat hibernacum until further notice, and as ethical cavers, we will respect the guidelines put forth in the request.
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 or flashlight for light!
As with all of our quality Adventure Instruction Programs, a caving excursion is an excellent way to build trust and commitment from the members of your group. Once this trust and commitment have been established, a strategic planning session or other facilitated meeting can be implemented with positive outcomes and accelerated results.
The wild caves near Shepherdstown, WV give explorers new to the sport an opportunity to descend into timeless caverns with ancient speleo-therms and unseen challenges. Keep your eyes open and you might see tiny “soda straws,” the beginning stages of stalactite growth. “Flow Stone” deposits shaped like ribbon candy and wedding cakes, “cave coral” that looks like burnt popcorn. These are just a few of the formations you might find at Whiting’s Neck. At the end of the trip, most people are amazed not only by the beauty of the cave’s 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 20 feet. Whiting’s Neck is “adventure” caving.