On the JIC tip

Spelunking with Nate, Trev, and the gang in Fieldtrip cave. If I don’t reply to this within a day, please send help.

Posted by Anthony on 1 reply


01. Jan 24, 2003 at 10:32pm by Anthony:

Safe and sound and clean now. This cave was really small.  We spent a little under 2 hours in it, not long at all.  Plenty of time to get soaking wet, though.  There was lots of water laying around in the spaces we had to crawl through.

This place is about an hour from State College, roughly 45 West to 550 West to... something else.  The trip took us through a ton of nice farmland, lots of flat open spaces flanked by mountains on either side, and covered in snow for the most part.

You have to drive past the entrance, which is right next to the road, then park once you get past the rockface and walk about 15 or 20 minutes back to the entrance.  There’s no markings or anything, except a flimsy wooden stake that says "TRAV.  P.N.T.  #77" on it, whatever that means.

It was freezing cold and windy walking to the entrance... according to weather.com it felt like 3 outside today.  But once you get into the cave, it’s so warm!  I’d estimate about 60, no joke.  It’s amazing, you don’t feel even the slightest bit chilly.  Well, once you get a little wet, then you feel slightly chilly, but not much.

So as I said, it was a very small cave, barely 2 hours worth of spelunking to be had.  There were plenty of bats, though... in one room we stopped and counted 8 of them hanging all around us.  I was scared out of my mind, I hate those creepy things.  Fortunately none of them were flying around, although Nate did mash his hardhat into one of them and it hissed pretty fiercely at him.

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