| The hour was
growing late, though, so we packed up our stuff (much to my chilly
delight) and retraced our steps.
the bottom of the drop, I promised Jim
that I wouldn’t get mud on his brand-new truck, and he gave me
permission to open it up and change inside. Nothing had chewed on the
rope and everyone made it out, despite intrusion by a neighbor (the
entrance is in a sub-division so neighbor is a relative term) and her
dog, with protests of “You really go in there!” So off to bed we head,
with thoughts of new bolts and future trips.
So far, we’ve surveyed a total of 2,271.1 feet
inside this chunk of the Dunbar system, bringing the cave to nearly 8.5
miles. Since this “Project,” as we are loath to call it, has a working
map, it will follow in publication once we find a scanner big enough.
The map is currently spread over 5 quadrangles at a scale of 1” to 20
feet, drawn in pencil.
Roppel Cave Trip Report
(November 12, 2005) Hilary Lambert (BGG & KEEP)
Participants: Jim Currens, Trip
Leader; Peggy Renwick, Ben
Currens, Hilary Lambert.
We met at the Bel-Aire Restaurant on
Route 70, just off I-65
in Cave City.
I (Hilary) was a half hour late, Jim was an hour early, and Peg and Ben
right on time. Together we ate our way
through large breakfasts and then headed for the Bunker Entrance to Roppel
This notorious or famous entrance to
the Roppel Cave
system is just east of the Mammoth
boundary on private land, and was blasted open by Dave Weller. However
about the environmental aspects
of this action, the results are admirable,
and the cave itself is, relatively speaking, protected. And the descent
four long steel ladders and two shorter ladders, about 120 feet total –
thrilling. This was my second visit, so I was fairly well prepared
person with a ‘heights issue’, like me, has to really want
go on this
click to biggin'
As we suited up, Pat Kambesis and
three students from WKU
arrived, zipped past us and into the cave, to do some resurveying. We
into the small windowless hut, locked the door behind us, and signed
metal plate was lifted from the floor to reveal the first ladder. It is
on a platform, and the second ladder descends via a square door in the
platform. The second ladder is the long one, and it bows a bit with
– as you brush past the walls behind you. Between two of the ladders is
brief, steep slither down a small canyon – easy enough on descent, but
lively, mentally, when headed back up.
At the bottom of the second short
ladder, we worked our way
through a beautiful sculpted gleaming narrow canyon and walking,
breakdown – finally emerging from a brief scuttling crawl into the
bottom of a
handsome dome that loomed above and out of sight, in the direction