The 3 hr. Multi-Cave Experience is a family-friendly tour. It will require moving over river rocks/boulders and crouching down to use your hands to help balance on uneven terrain. Most passageways are fairly spacious so this tour is a great option for people who might feel claustrophobic in enclosed spaces (many claustrophobic people have conquered their fears on this tour!). Participants are never more than a few minutes from the entrance if they want to exit the cave. There is some uphill hiking involved (about 25 min. moderately strenuous) to the cave entrance (approx 1km. from Visitor Centre). Our guides will break up the hike with interpretive stops along the way, to talk about the geology/history of the area and to provide several opportunities for participants to rest.
Other challenges on this tour include a narrow vertical entrance, climbing up and down ladders, walking while crouched down low, and three short 2m. climbs (un-roped) up a seasonal waterfall.
The Adventure Cave Tour includes the 1km hike up the hill to Riverbend Cave and about 4 hours of navigating through our most challenging, but beautiful cave passageways. Participants must go through a series of hands and knees/belly crawls (knee-pads highly recommended!), the smallest being about 18 inches/46cm high. The ground is gravel and river rocks, so some extra wiggle room can be attained with a bit of excavation. Once past the crawl-ways the group will be on their feet for the rest of the cave and there are huge chambers which lay ahead. The first vertical pitch that the group descends is a trickling waterfall approximately 17ft (5.5m) in height. This is a great warm up to get the hang of rappelling while underground. The next pitch has a 7ft (2m) roped down climb to get to a 15ft (5m) cable ladder that must be down climbed, and climbed up again later on. To get to the big 7 story rappel down the Rainbarrel, participants will clip into a series of safety lines that assist with climbing down some steep slopes. These slopes will be climbed again on the return trip after reaching the end of the cave. The climb up the Rainbarrel is about 35ft (10.5m) of easy rock climbing and another 30ft(10m) of climbing up a straight vertical construction ladder. If any clients are feeling too fatigued for the the climb, the guide can easily rig an “assisted raise” to reduce the effort required to ascend up the pitch. What goes down, must come up and all of the obstacles undertaken on the way into the cave, must be done again in reverse on the way out.