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Breathtaking scenery enhances this annual adventure to the Big Springs rappelling area at Conkle's Hollow in Hocking Hills State Park. Whether you are a beginner on the ropes or a seasoned veteran, there will be something new for everyone on the cliffs. The great group of people drawn to this activity and our expert outfitter, Al Parker, will encourage you to move up to the next level of difficulty on the ropes at your own pace. The trip price includes use of climbing harnesses, carabineers, helmets, ropes, and several creation mini talks on geological features and wildlife in the Hocking Hills area.
Participants must be between 50 and 300 lbs. Parents are asked to evaluate their child's level of maturity and listening skills when deciding to have them participate as there are naturally inherent dangers on the cliffs. All attendees on the cliffs (even spectators) are required to make full payment due to insurance considerations.
The registration deadline is Monday, August 3, 2015.
Payment due with sign up.
Payments can be made securely online with PayPal using the "Buy Now" button below.
Payments can also be made over the telephone with a credit card by calling the Science Center at 330-665-DINO (3466) during our office hours. To pay with a check, please remit to "Akron Fossils & Science Center." Cancelations due to severe weather will be the judgment call of Al Parker and rain dates, if necessary, will be chosen by the group. Please note that some light rain during the day is normal for this area.
Printed and signed release forms must be mailed to:
Akron Fossils & Science Center
Attn: Cindy Julius
2080 S. Cleveland Massillon Rd.
Copley, OH 44321
FYI - Some of us camp in the area at the end of the day at Top Of The Caves Campground! You are welcome to join us.
Special Requests Possible
If you have specific topics you would like our guide, Al Parker, to touch on, please e-mail our trip coordinator, Cindy Julius at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also be sure to let us know if you have had previous rappelling experience or if this is your first time.
What to Bring
- A good pair of sneakers or hiking boots with outdoor clothing
- Light rain-gear. Rain is not uncommon in Hocking Hills at this time of year.
Hocking Hills Weather
- A packed lunch that you can eat while out on the cliffs and drinking water
- Non-baggy clothing and tie backs for long hair
- Bug spray and sunscreen
- Leather gloves (althought leather gloves are provided by our outfitter you may want to bring your own that fit your hands perfectly)
Distance: 3 hours, 175 miles from the Science Center to the Hocking Hills State Park Visitor Center.
We've included a direct link (below) to a Google map that begins at the Akron Fossils & Science Center and ends at the Hocking Hills State Park Visitor Center. You can adjust the map to begin at your own starting location by changing the field marked "A" on Google map and then printing.
The actual rendezvous location is at the Old Man's Cave parking lot. The parking lot is located just a few hundred yards west of the Visitor Center that the map directs you to. The parking lot is located on the right hand side of the road (the Visitor Center is on the left hand side a few hundred yards east).
*Indoor bathrooms can be found across the street from the Old Man's Cave parking lot at the trail head to Old Man's Cave.
Finding the Team
Look for the white 15 passenger vans with the Canoe Creation logo plastered on the side.
Our guide, Al Parker, and his team will be waiting for you with all of the gear. The guides will lead all of the participants by car-pool from the Old Man's Cave parking lot to the Conkle's Hollow rappelling area.