What You'll Get
Caves are one of the planet’s last uncharted frontiers, narrowly beating out the bottom of the sea and the final level of Ms. Pac Man. Surmount epic obstacles with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $35 for a two- to four-hour caving adventure for one (a $75 value)
- $199 for a two- to four-hour caving adventure for a group of up to six (a $450 total value)<p>
After a ride from an outpost to the cave mouth, seasoned guides and a professional geologist take groups through caverns to navigate chambers and narrow tunnels. Geologists expound on the local geology and cave formations, the oldest of which began growing more than 550 million years ago. Before setting off, participants are equipped with gloves and helmets boasting high-powered headlamps, and lunch is included in the middle of the trip.<p>
Caving adventures are not recommended for those with no prior kayking, rafting, or spelunking experience, or those who do not wish to participate in strenuous physical activity.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 30, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. 24hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Must be 7 or older. Tours before 6/1/12 valid only Fri-Sun. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About River and Earth Adventures
River and Earth Adventures stands out from other wilderness outfitters by being completely operated by their own guides. Their fleet of seasoned cave, mountain, and water-navigating guides work in tandem with professional ecologists and geologists, focusing Blue Ridge Mountains excursions on environmental education as well as adventure. During all day trips, guides divulge area history and expound on forest and river ecosystems as well as geology in caves whose interiors rest at 60 degrees year-round to keep them free of snowman hermits.
Each trip also immerses adventurers in athletic activity, whether on hikes to summits and secluded waterfalls, spelunking through electricity-free cave tunnels, or rafting and kayaking down the Watauga River rapids. For those in search of extended excursions, guides lead children's adventure day camps and combination trips that further an environmental focus and bottle-cap collections through river cleanup projects.