West Virginia Caving

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Date(s) - 02/16/2018 - 02/18/2018
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When: February 16th-18th, 2018

Where: Pendleton County, West Virginia

Description:

Does being deep underground appeal to you? Have you ever wanted to crawl through tiny cracks in the earth? Then come check out some awesome underground views with Quest! Not only does this trip involve getting to check out some gorgeous WV caves, but you also get to enjoy tent camping in the local 4-H campground!

Cost: 

  • $100 for Bloomsburg University Students
  • $150 for all others

How to sign-up: Ideally, you should register early, weeks in advance, if possible.  In order for us to get prepared to get gear and equipment packed and ready, registration typically closes on the Wednesday before a activities occurring on a weekend, and a few days before activities occurring on a weekday, but if spots are still available there is a possibility that you may still be able to register.  Our office is not open on weekends or evenings.  Always call first to see if there is available space before coming to the office or sending in payment.  Spots cannot be reserved by calling or emailing.  Registration is not complete until payment is received.

Methods of payment: 1) cash in person   2) check payable to “Bloomsburg University” in person or via U.S. mail (with a note listing your name, email address and phone number and the date and activity your registering for).

If you need additional help or have any questions, call Susan at the Quest Office or email at quest@bloomu.edu.

Course Information: (read everything below to make sure that you are prepared for this trip)

Quest courses are designed for beginners, so you will not be expected to demonstrate high levels of ability, but they provide a physical, psychological, and emotional challenge.  Courses occur in areas that often involve steep terrain, rough and narrow trails, wet or muddy conditions, and inclement weather. Most Quest activities are movement-oriented activities involving some strenuous activity. Quest staff will provide you with a safety briefing to prepare you for the activities and any safety issues you might encounter or skills you need.

Quest will provide technical gear/equipment.  You may bring your own equipment and use it with the approval of Quest staff.

Gear List:

FOR CAMPING:

Head:

  • a wool or synthetic hat
  • Chapstick

Upper Body:

  • Synthetic T-shirt
  • long sleeve synthetic base layer (polypro, underarmor)
  • fleece
  • insulating layer(synthetic or down puffy)
  • Water/wind proof shell (goretex)
  • liner gloves
  • insulated gloves/mittens

Lower body:

  • synthetic base layer
  • fleece pants
  • insulated snow pants shell (water/wind proof)
  • liner sock (optional)
  • insulated synthetic or wool socks(2 pair)
  • mountaineering boots/crampons (refer to “other equipment”)

FOR CAVING:

  • Coveralls
  • Wool or synthetic clothing

There is a chance that these caves will be muddy, and caves are well known for destroying clothing. The only clothes that should be brought into caves are ones that you are willing to sacrifice.

OTHER EQUIPMENT:


Water containers- Nalgenes, camel backs, ect. Ideally two liter capacity and two different containers. Also temperatures will more than likely be very cold so a way to insulate or prevent you water from freezing should be used. Examples include wool socks over nalgenes or insulated covers.

Camp food – Everyone will be placed into food groups, and will be responsible for planning and making meals with their food groups while in camp. This will be roughly 4 meals.

Cave food- energizing snacks like carbs and sugars(cliff bars, trail mix, chocolate, jerky, ect).

Daypack- A pack that is big enough to hold additional layers, food, and water.

Light Sources – Three light sources are required. This should ideally be 2 headlamps and a flashlight, but it could also be 1 headlamp and 2 flashlights, or 1 headlamp, a flashlight, and a change of batteries. Cellphones are not acceptable as light sources!

Handwarmers- optional but if you get cold easy its a good idea.

QUEST WILL PROVIDE:

  • Tents
  • Cooking Gear
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Sleeping Pads
  • Stoves
  • Helmets
  • Gloves

Forms We Need From You

*  A completed Quest AOR/Medical Form prior to participation in Quest activities.*  A completed Quest AOR/Medical Form prior to participation in Quest activities.  You can either print out the waiver and bring the completed form on the morning of the program or you will have to fill one out when you arrive.

*  Signed Parental Consent for participants who are minors (under 18 years of age).

Where will we meet?


Quest office on upper campus.

Instructors

Quest instructors are professional outdoor leaders, students, interns, and members of the community.  They are trained in specific outdoor pursuits, leadership, and first aid.  All are involved in on-going outdoor leadership training with Quest.

Policies

For safety reasons, participants are required to abstain from alcohol and non-prescription drugs while participating in Quest Activities.  Please respect the rights and health of others with regard to smoking.  Participants will be held responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged equipment belonging to Quest.

Safety

Safety is a primary concern during any Quest course.  A safety briefing precedes each activity, where risks and protection against these risks are explained.  Participants are expected to abide by all safety rules and procedures defined by Quest staff.

Quest Refund Policy is on our homepage.