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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, Jan 21 2006  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jan 14 2006 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: 31 / 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 morning to Raccoon Mountain. We will start the 2-hour cavern tour at 11am. The tour will include walking, stoop walking, underground stream walking, some belly crawls, a visit to Sandpaper Slide (FUN!), the 49-cent Squeeze, the Echo Room and some awesome fossils. Gloves, knee pads, lights and helmets will be provided by the outfitter.

Afterwards, we can clean-up in the campground bathhouses and head back to Atlanta or stop over in Chattanooga for lunch.

Recommended for active folks in moderately good shape. Caving is a very physical activity.

NOTE: I took a small group of 10 to do this same trip back in July. Everyone had a blast. No one had any issues with small spaces or something they could not do. We had a contest to see who could get the muddiest...Keith Huston was the winner. Seriously, its a seriously fun trip for those active folks not afraid of a little adventure!!

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 just dangerous.

After The Tour

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

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How to Get There:
Event Directions:Chattanooga, TN 37419, 800.823.2267 10:30am, Raccoon Mountain Caving parking lot

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 Caving sign on your left. Follow road and turn right into Raccoon Mountain Caving parking lot.
Approx travel time: 1 hr 50 minutes or 111 miles


Are Dogs Permitted? No

Will This Event Occur Rain or Shine? Yes because we are in a cave.

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Cost Includes:$30.00 includes all needed equipment.

Please share gas expense if you carpool.

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