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Raccoon Mountain Caving (a.k.a. Splunking)

The Basics:
Event Type:Caving
Event Location: Wild Cave Expeditions
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 23 2005  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jul 20 2005 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Trip Leader(s):
Phil 'Foz' Parkerson
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:30
Minimum Group Size:10
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Famous for its get muddy tours, Raccoon Mountain Caverns, located near Chattanooga, TN, is considered to be one of the most geologically active. The cavern consists of over 5 1/2 miles of underground passageways.

We will head up on Saturday to Raccoon Mountain Campground. While this will not be our normal wooded campground, it will be very much appreciated for the hot showers following our tour. We will setup our camp on arrival, get a quick bite of lunch and head over for the splunking introduction at 11:30am.

We will start the 4-hour cavern tour at noon. The tour will include walking, stoop walking, some belly crawls, a visit to Sandpaper Slide, the 49-cent squeeze and some awesome fossils. Gloves, pads, lights and helmets will be provided by the outfitter.

Afterwards, we clean-up in the campground bathhouses with the rest of the afternoon open. The campground has lots to do...swimming pool, go-karts and a batting cage. Later, we will prep for dinner and look for a place to have a bonfire.

Sunday, after breakfast, we will pack for home.

Required Items to Bring:
What To Wear

Wear long pants (no sweat pants) and a long sleeve shirt. Its a constant 60 degrees in the cave so do not overdress. Shorts are prohibited.
Wear study shoes. Boots or high tops are necessary. Worn out, slick sneakers are dangerous.

After The Tour

Lots of soap, towel and a change of clothes.
Please keep showers short.


Sleeping bag
Normal camping equipment and stuff
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How to Get There:
Event Directions:Chattanooga, TN 37419, 800.823.2267 10:30am, Raccoon Mountain Campground

I-75 North, exit on I-24 (westbound towards Chattanooga), travel approx 10 miles to Exit #174, Lookout Valley, turn right off ramp and go 1.3 miles to Raccoon Mountain entrance on your left.
Approx travel time: 1 hr 50 minutes or 111 miles


Are Dogs Permitted? No

Will This Event Occur Rain or Shine? Yes

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Cost Includes:$45.00 including splunking, camping and Saturday lunch, dinner and Sunday breakfast.

Please share gas expense if you carpool

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.