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Old 10-22-2012, 08:00 AM   #21451
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Hey guys, posted in WV Dual Sports thread, but was told I may have more luck here...

Hey guys! My brother bought a place in Slaty Fork, just a couple miles from Snowshoe, right off 219.. We've spent the past 5 weekends there working on things and will probably continue to do so for a lot of winter. That said, are there any good dual sport trails in that area that you FF's wouldn't mind sharing? Seems like there's gotta be.

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:28 AM   #21452
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Sure thing JD Rocks. We always take a walk to the Sinks of Gandy Creek when visiting but I haven't been through it. Inmate Gimmeslack has and took some neat photos. PM him if interested in finding out more.
I worked at a camp in college that would come down to Seneca Rocks, stay for a week and hit 3 or 4 different caves in the area. We did Sinks and I remember one that was in the Marlington area. We had to repel about 60 ft down into the cave before you could start walking. Pretty cool and pretty freaky.

There are caves all over the place in WV, but don't ask me where. I might go looking for the place in Marlington sometime........
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:42 AM   #21453
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I worked at a camp in college that would come down to Seneca Rocks, stay for a week and hit 3 or 4 different caves in the area. We did Sinks and I remember one that was in the Marlington area. We had to repel about 60 ft down into the cave before you could start walking. Pretty cool and pretty freaky.

There are caves all over the place in WV, but don't ask me where. I might go looking for the place in Marlington sometime........
Probably not the same one, but about a half mile from where my brother just bought his cabin, there's a cave that's just like you said. It's in the side of one of the smaller mountain/hill, but you have to repel down to get there. Nat Geo did a historical piece on it as Gen Lee actually hid his men and their weapons down there for several months during the war. It's blocked off now but supposedly some years back they went down and found all sorts of Civil War artifacts.

Pretty awesome!

Edit: The one I'm describing is in Slaty Fork right near the intersection of 219 + 66.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:44 AM   #21454
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on another note, i also found out that there is spelunking to be had at LF, news to me, i don't remember anyone mentioning it, but it's true.
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Sinks of Gandy. I've seen spelunkers parked at the 90-degree bend near the entrance. It's about a mile through, and they said there are two exits across the ridge-one being wetter than the other.

Might be others-
Anybody venturing into any cave should be aware of WNS(White Nose Syndrome).

It has killed millions of bats and is still infecting new caves. They believe that humans are a major factor for it spreading.

All caves in the Monongahela and most private caves were closed to the public this spring. I'm not sure if they are still closed or not.

Regarding the Sinks Of Gandy.

The entrance, exit, and the cave itself are on private property.

The owners of the land where the entrance is located graciously allow visitors on their land to view the entrance. You'll notice the land is not posted.

The exit is on another landowners property. I think you need their permission to access the cave and the cave exit. I believe this land is posted.

The cavers that where seen there most likely had permission to explore the cave. They were probably National Speleological Society members.

I've read reports from members of the NSS that have done tubing trips through the cave. Wouldn't that be cool.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:49 AM   #21455
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Edit: The one I'm describing is in Slaty Fork right near the intersection of 219 + 66.
Slatyfork aye? I know there is an inmate who has a cabin out that way and rides an XR650. He has posted some awesome trails. Forget his name though.









The store there is pretty cool!






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Old 10-22-2012, 08:53 AM   #21456
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The "guy hanging from the barn" is just a few miles down the road from their cabin.

There's actually a photo just like yours of it hanging in their master bedroom (everything conveyed ).

It's funny to look at the old pictures of it and then to drive by now (as you saw), poor gentleman's outfit is definitely monotone these days.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:37 AM   #21457
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All true and as a card-carrying NSS member, I was remiss not to mention it. WNS disease has decimated some bat populations and everyone thinking about going into a cave around here should read up: http://www.caves.org/WNS/

And of course, it goes w/out saying that caving can go from *fun* to a heap of hurt in a split second (e.g. it doesn't have to be raining where you are - rain upstream can flood a cave in no time flat), so anyone thinking about crawling through sinks ought to try to hook up with other (experienced) cavers.

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Anybody venturing into any cave should be aware of WNS(White Nose Syndrome).

It has killed millions of bats and is still infecting new caves. They believe that humans are a major factor for it spreading.

All caves in the Monongahela and most private caves were closed to the public this spring. I'm not sure if they are still closed or not.

Regarding the Sinks Of Gandy.

The entrance, exit, and the cave itself are on private property.

The owners of the land where the entrance is located graciously allow visitors on their land to view the entrance. You'll notice the land is not posted.

The exit is on another landowners property. I think you need their permission to access the cave and the cave exit. I believe this land is posted.

The cavers that where seen there most likely had permission to explore the cave. They were probably National Speleological Society members.

I've read reports from members of the NSS that have done tubing trips through the cave. Wouldn't that be cool.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:40 AM   #21458
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Sure thing JD Rocks. We always take a walk to the Sinks of Gandy Creek when visiting but I haven't been through it. Inmate Gimmeslack has and took some neat photos. PM him if interested in finding out more.


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from the description, i don't think this one is the Sinks of Gandy, the location doesn't seem to match.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:07 AM   #21459
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I worked at a camp in college that would come down to Seneca Rocks, stay for a week and hit 3 or 4 different caves in the area. We did Sinks and I remember one that was in the Marlington area. We had to repel about 60 ft down into the cave before you could start walking. Pretty cool and pretty freaky.

There are caves all over the place in WV, but don't ask me where. I might go looking for the place in Marlington sometime........
A zillion caves in Marlington area... could this be it?


Very popular vertical cave. Literally a hole right next to roadside!
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A zillion caves in Marlington area... could this be it?
Very popular vertical cave. Literally a hole right next to roadside!
Yep, I think that's it. would hate to drop a front tire off in that on a dark night. Somewhere I have a pic of me squeezing thru a hole that 3" smaller then I normally am. there was about 4 inches of cold water that you had to go through - twice.

It was one of those times when you think - WTF am I doing here?

On a warmer note, took the family down to St Mary wilderness and hiked back to the falls yesterday. Six hours to go 5 miles, but hiking with a 3 yr old is like that.


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Old 10-22-2012, 06:27 PM   #21461
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:49 AM   #21465
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Great time running Shen 500 on Saturday on my little 144cc toy bike that did great. I skipped cold and rainy Sunday.

Skippii did you ever make it home or you still out in the woods somewhere?

Previous weekend was a Summit point trackday.

love my current setup with the Hummer and Mototote hitch mount bike carrier. So easy to load up, go do 2wheeled activities and have a comfy place to sleep with RTT.

Doing a 2 day Penguin racing track school in NJ next weekend. Roger Hayden will be there as well as other AMA pros.
I just checked the Mototote website and they do not show a close up pic of the "zero wobble" hitch mount. Do you have any pics of that as I would like to buy one of these units for my FJ Cruiser.

Edit....I downloaded the PDF manual and see how the zero wobble setup works. So all I want to ask is where is the best place to buy one and does it wobble any?

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