The Kentucky Caver Quarterly Proceedings of the
Bluegrass Grotto: the North Central Kentucky Area Chapter of the National Speleological Society
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 vol. 40. iss. 1, December 2005
I crawled into the hole, which after a few feet opened into narrow canyon which progressively stepped higher and higher until I was stopped by a slot at the top of the canyon. I was stopped by a large nodule of limestone on the right wall, and vowed to return with a hammer, since I could see a drop-off of 10 feet or so on the other side. Peg called and we continued out of the cave, marking the lead with a cairn.

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Trip 4 – On July 18 we returned and at the entrance began a resurvey of the D4 section, due to lost survey stations and notes that we found difficult to read. The survey crew stayed the same with Peggy sketching, Tony reading instruments and me as tape.

Despite the difficulty of this area we managed to survey to our initial survey station and tied "AA" (our survey line that went out into Alice’s Restaurant) into "A" (231 feet of survey). Peg was totally brain fried, so we moved on to check the previous trip’s lead. Thinking one small knob was stopping me I had brought a baby sledge along. Once back to the slot, I banged on the offending bedrock only to hear it reverberate around me and chip stone into my ear.

Taking another look, I jammed myself into the slot and after a 10 minute struggle managed to slide through.

Immediately through the slot the canyon continues, with a Y intersection. Taking the right passage the canyon narrows and drops. After about thirty feet I looked up to see a large chunk of coral sticking out from across a 20-foot dome. I muttered a loud "Wow" and called to Tony and Peg that the slot was worth the effort. We continued to scoop for about 30 minutes with no end in sight. After "Mantelpiece Dome," the passage continues as 30-foot-high canyon to a sediment fill climb, after which it drops to a speleothem-congested crawl. Further ahead is a junction, with passage running in both directions into the darkness. On this trip we took the left-hand passage, and went until we discovered four columns in a perfect row about 4 feet high, which were eventually named “The King and His Court.” One note is that on this trip the temperature suffered an abrupt and sudden change; once we reached the higher level, the temperature rose significantly.

The tight slot in the canyon has been named “Saint Peter’s Slot” because, like its namesake who guards the gates of Heaven, it only lets certain people through. Peggy sometimes calls it by another name – “The Icky Thing.”

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