Thu, May 21|
Backpacking, Yoga and Kayaking-Slade, KY
We are returning to the Red River Gorge area! 4 days of backpacking, yoga and an underground kayak tour! Mileage will be relatively low allowing us time to sight see and enjoy the views. Imagine catching a sunrise and sunset on atop a sandstone bluff that overlooks a lush green forest below!
Time & Location
May 21, 2020, 5:00 AM – May 25, 2020, 9:00 PM
Slade, Slade, KY 40376, USA
About The Event
Thursday afternoon we will arrive at privately owned land where we will be hiking over the next 3.5 days. We have made contact with a private land owner and been granted access to hike her property. The property has the largest collection of natural bridges in the area, with access to 9-11 arches within 5-8 miles distance. We will be one of only a few groups to have access to this property that weekend. If the temperature gets too hot, we also have the option to rent kayaks and use them on a lake located within about 20 mins of this area, the lake is hardly ever accessed. The plan for the underground kayak tour and stay at Bedrock will remain the same. Daily mileage will vary. Sunday's hike will be short, we will be exiting the gorge prior to noon to allow us time to get to our next event-underground kayaking! "The Gorge Underground is unlike any other adventure you have ever been on! Join us as our guides lead you into the darkness of the Gorge Grotto, through the mountainside for a full hour-long adventure under the earth's surface. Paddle your way through the grotto in your own kayak as our guide leads the way while explaining the history of the cavern and how it came to be flooded. Be sure to look out for the newly relocated rainbow trout!" -Thrillsville Sunday nights lodging will be at Bedrock located in Rogers, KY. Accommodation information can be found below in the "Tickets" section. To see some pictures from our RRG events, click here.
Sunday's hike will be short, we will be exiting the gorge prior to noon to allow us time to get to our next event-underground kayaking!
"The Gorge Underground is unlike any other adventure you have ever been on! Join us as our guides lead you into the darkness of the Gorge Grotto, through the mountainside for a full hour-long adventure under the earth's surface. Paddle your way through the grotto in your own kayak as our guide leads the way while explaining the history of the cavern and how it came to be flooded. Be sure to look out for the newly relocated rainbow trout!" -Thrillsville Sunday nights lodging will be at Bedrock located in Rogers, KY. Accommodation information can be found below in the "Tickets" section. To see some pictures from our RRG events, click here.
Leaving early the morning of May 21, 2020 we will depart from the Chicagoland area. Carpooling options will be available along our route, and as always, there is no additional cost when meeting us at one of the predetermined Park and Rides. If you are unsure if you are along our route, please contact us prior to signing up. We will be returning to the Chicagoland area the morning of May 25.
We have 2 ticket options are available for this trip.
- Admission for 1 (Private Room)-Includes sleeping accommodations in a private room at Bedrock. Ticket price is $635 per person.
- Admission for 1 (Bunk Room/Not Private)- Includes shared sleeping accommodations in an 8 person bunk room at Bedrock. This ticket price also includes the hour long underground kayak trip (tip included in price). Dinner on Sunday and all meals are not included in this price. Ticket price is $595 per person.
Both ticket prices include snacks and water during transportation, fuel, tolls, parking, park permits, lodging for Sunday night, multiple yoga sessions over the course of 4 days, including an hour long yoga session after arriving at Bedrock, dinner prepared at Bedrock by the guides (vegetarian or vegan options available), hour long underground kayak trip (including kayak, life jacket, helmet, headlamp and tip) from Thrillsville.
No refunds will be issued for cancellations less than 7 days from the date of the event. All other cancellations are subject to a 50% service fee. Refund will be issued in the form of a check. Please allow 5-7 business days for processing, we will notify you when the refund has been issued. Additional information will be emailed to you after registering.
Guests are responsible for obtaining their own gear, although we do offer gear rental if you are in need of gear. Gear Rental is $300 for the event and can be selected when checking out.
Gear rental includes the following
-River Country Products 1 or 2 person tent
-North Face, Eureka or Kelty Sleeping bag
-Thermarest sleeping pad
-Stuff sack sleeping pillow
-Jetboil Flash backpacking stove w/fuel
-Sawyer water filter
-Dry Bag for food storage
Required Gear List
-Backpack (properly fitted)
-Appropriate footwear (trail runners or boots)
-Water filter-50' of paracord (minimum)
-Individual First Aid Kit-Headlamp (spare batteries)
-Rain Gear (poncho, Frog Toggs, rain suit)
-Fire starting kit
-Spare set of clothing-Spare set of socks x 2
-Appropriate backpacking meals for the length of the even
-Hydration system or water bottles
-Whistle-Quick Dry towel
-Base layer (during inclement weather)
-Jacket, gloves, hat (inclement weather)
-Camp shoes (Crocs or similar
All True North staff are certified in First Aid/CPR and every one of our events is lead by a guide who is a paramedic/Wilderness First Aid instructor. Guides are experienced in wilderness and the outdoor travel and are equipped with GPS and well as satellite phones during every portion of this event.
rue North Expeditions, Inc. reserves the right to substitute the events listed in the description above in the event of inclement weather, availability or other uncontrollable events.
Donate and Give Back to the Outdoor Community!
We are teaming up with *Gear Forward in an attempt to collect new and unused gear, specifically sleeping bags, tents and backpacks. Illinois resident Scott Gauvin is the founder of Gear Forward, an independent nationwide non-profit that provides gear to non-profit community organizations, youth groups and charities working with young people in the outdoors. If you have one of the above mentioned pieces of gear and would like to donate it, please bring it with. After our fall and winter events, the gear that we collect will be turned over to Gear Forward.
*As stated above, Gear Forward is an independent nationwide non-profit that provides gear to non-profit community organizations, youth groups and charities working with young people in the outdoors. Founded by Scott Gauvin, Gear Forward aims to encourage people to donate unused outdoor gear they no longer want or need. Gear Forward also seeks partnerships with outdoor retailers and manufacturers to encourage donation of unused gear or donations by customers. The outdoors are our collective greatest treasure and gift that we offer the next generation. Gear Forward, simply is about providing the next generation of stewards, adventurers, Scoutmasters and Girl Scout Leaders the resources they need to get outdoors. No child should be denied access to all the outdoors has to offer because they don't have the necessary equipment. Through the collection of gently used outdoor gear, Gear Forward will work with other youth and outdoor focused organizations to get donated gear into the hands that need it. Through the donation of outdoor gear, Gear Forward will provide youth in need via various noteworthy organizations the ability to participate in outdoor themed activities such as hiking, camping and backpacking. You can find out more about Gear Forward by visiting their Facebook page or website.
Admission w/Private Room
Admission is for 1 person with a private room at Bedrock Lodge. Client must obtain their own gear. We will contact you with a list of required gear prior to the start of the trip.
Admission is for 1 person with bunk room accommodation at Bedrock Lodge. Client must obtain their own gear. We will contact you with a list of required gear prior to the start of the trip.
Gear Rental Add On
Gear rental includes the following: Rental gear is available and includes the following: -Backpack -Sleeping bag -Sleeping pad -UL Pillow -1 or 2 person tent -water purifier -Stove/Fuel canister -Headlamp -Trekking poles -Trowel -Dry bag for food storage
Registration Only (Check Pay)
If paying by check, please fill out the registration and mail a check to: True North Expeditions, Inc, 10328 Ashley St, Huntley, IL 60142. If paying via Chase quick pay, Zelle or Paypal please call us at 608-571-4937.