Allegheny Outdoor Adventures Bradford, PA


Some random photos from Past Trips

Vist to a larger cave on Sunday Oct 28th 2018 (invite only)


Cave opening

   


Cave opening

   



Jeremy, Nick, Joan, Valarie, And Bill

   


Looking into the cave opening

   


The whole gang after dark!

   




Where we first arrived at the rocks

   


Layers of sandstone and Iron in the Olean Quartz Conglomerate

   


The cave near the lunch spot

   


Ice blocking the passage

   

At the "Big Cave" (yet unnamed)


Chickey entering the cave

   


Chickey going down

   


Nick and Chickey in passage

   


Nice ice

   


Ice on walls of cave

   


Looking back up

   

Roman and Nick in Savannah's Hole Cave


Looking out of Savannah's Hole

   


Nick in a tight passage

   


Roman in the cave

   


Nick, the first to enter this newly found cave

   


Jeff, the second one in

   


Susie having fun!

   


Just after the "first drop" inside the cave

   


Nick looking back

   


Nick below a drop or climb

   


Jeff in a "room"

   


"Mystery Scat", most likely "panther"?

   


Jeff, still "on rope"

   


Nick "off rope"

   


Note the humid air

   


A "cat walk" along the wall?

   


Quartz Conglomerate Rock

   


Nick in wide passage

   


Solid, flat floor

   


The cave wall is de-laminating

   


End of the line?

   


Now THAT is humidity!

   


Ice on the cave wall

   


More ice

   


Narrow passages, not the iron in the cave walls

   


"Cave Twister"!

   


Big pebbles

   


Typical passage

   


Lot's of Iron!

   


Ice in the rocks

   


Dead end passage!

   


Here is the second cave that Nick went into alone:



Narrow, sloped passage

   


Light from above

   


The lower "exit" of cave

   


The next cave, the "Batsickle Cave"



Jeff enters the Batsickle Cave

   


Moving sticks

   


The "Batsickles"

   


Baseball bat shaped ice stalagmites

   


Tombstone rock near the Batsickle Cave

   


Fran's side trip to see a railroad switch and old hotel location



Large boulder near the switch

   


Another view of boulder

   


The switch and location of old hotel

   


Sadie went with Fran

   


Fran even found a rail road spike!

   


The creek near the switch

   


The railroad grade

   




The Hefner Reservoir spillway and beaver home

   


John in passageway

   


Another corridor passageway

   


Yet another cave entrance

   


A tall and narrow opening

   


The holy grail of lunch spots

   


many nice climbs

   



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And Ice fishing shanty

   


A bunch of "negative tracks"

   


Fran and Susie on the Inclined Plane

   


One of the water storage ponds

   


The sun shining on the way back

   




The road in to Rim Rock

   

The Summit Trails at the ASP



A freshly groomed trail with new snow

   


Beautiful!

   


Sun shining through ice covered trees

   




Nick on the gorgeous trail through deep snow! PERFECT conditions!

   


Our trail to Colosimos Rocks


Jeff, Nick, Carla and Porscha ... What a wonderful day!
Nice Ice! The view overhead
Nick made the fire

   


The giant steps leading up to the Eagles Nest
Porscha looks a little scared after finding the Dead Man guarding the geocache!

   


The Bottomless Pit before we walk around on the tracks. Note the "dot tracks" in the upper left.


The Bottomless Pit as we left it. We dug down with our gloved hands to the dirt or ground surface. My dog Sadie also "sniffed" around the hole and did not seem to find anything interesting.

   



The guys in an overhang shelter

   


On top of the dike

   


The reservoir dike - The West Corydon Res, AKA the Hefner Reservoir Bradford

   


Nick and his trappers basket backpack



A typical forest destruction site.

   


   




   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


Near the top of the climb, note the bridge in the background

   


Although there were trees, you could easily see all the hills across the water

   


Steeper than it looks

   


There were animal tracks among the rocks

   


Al checking elevation.

   


The elevation on the marker and his GPS eventually "agreed" it was 1936' above sea level

   


Very fresh coyote tracks

   




On top of the rocks

   


Boulders the size of buildings

   


A typical passage way

   


Quartz Conglomerate Sandstone rock

   


Our kitchen area, the small room with the fire. This is Will, Nic's dad

   




Nic and I on the hike back down

   


Elevation: GPS-1935' Benchmark-1936'

   


Top of the rock area

   


Al on the rocks

   


The rock area from an aerial photo. Each rock is the size of a house. Note the upper rows of rocks. The corridors between the rocks are 15-20 feet tall or so.

   



This is the Marilla Reservoir from last Saturday (Jan 5th)

   


What is a neighborhood crime watch doing in the middle of nowhere (321 south of the Bradford Ranger Station). Are they watching for environmental crimes?

   


God bless America and the right to paint graffiti!

   


Amber, Jose, and Megan

   


The group and I in the "big" cave

   


Megan about to exit

   


Amber about to exit

   


Ice sickles hanging from cave ceiling

   


Amber and Megan on an American Chestnut "natural" bench

   


Yellow sickles!

   


A giant white pine between rock areas (300 years old or older?)

   


It took three tree huggers to hug this one!

   


A natural hollowed out canoe! "Let's shoot the rapids"!

   


Liverwort

   


The creek scalloped this rock

   


A waterfalls in this rock

   


A water stairway in the bedrock

   


One of many waterfalls on Waterfalls Run

   


The drop is less steep near the bottom

   


Two small falls in a row

   


Lots of white gravel in the creek (from the Quartz Conglomerate)

   


Amber and Megan

   


All three gals, Amber, Sadie and Megan

   


Miss Marilla on Little Marilla Creek

   


The giant white pine they call the "Tree House Tree" behind the nursing home on Langmaid Lane in Bradford (550 years old?)

   

   



The very scenic creek with too many waterfalls to count!

   


"Bat wing" patterns frozen into this ice

   


An abandon mill pond (1800's)

   


The creek makes two 90 degree bends

   


What kind of grass is this? It's got round hollow leaves

   


A hollowed out woodpecker tree

   


"Rebirth" a hemlock stump with a birch tree growing from it

   


Bigfoot track. It was 16" long and 10" wide with toes. We followed the track for quite a while. We found some better ones that were less melted, but didn't photograph well. Surely these are positive proof of a Bigfoot!

   


These are just large bear tracks

   


I'm on one of the first points at the rock area. I'm about 60' up on this narrow ridge

   


An ice flow from below

   


Fran against a rock wall

   


Cave entrances! Can't wait to explore these!

   


Another cave entrance! This one had a deep water pool in it

   


A tree the porkies are eating

   


A free standing boulder

   


Plenty of passage ways

   


Yet another walk-in cave

   


This is more of an animal den, Bobcat?

   


A passage in the rocks, note the table rock above

   


This larger walk-in cave entrance had very large cat prints leading into it. The main passage goes to the right. The cat prints were in the snow and the sand (wet) in the cave

   


There may be many walk-in caves, but most are occupied in this season.

   


These hollow trees also house bats in the summer

   


Here is where the rock wall face peters out to just random rocks

   


Another den cave with animal prints. This may be a bear den

   


This may be the highest drop, about 80' or so.

   


There were too many dens and cave openings to count!

   


Another large rappel or climbing rock

   


A spring coming from under this rock

   


Down at the main road in, this is a very old culvert

   


From Frans camera:

   


Me! In the mouth of a cave

   


A view from the top

   


The creek coming from the rocks

   


A typical crevice

   


Fran at the first peak

   


The railroad spur with ties

   



   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   


   




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