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. 41. iss. 3, September 2006
Andy Niekamp

John Jordan, the park manager at Carter Caves State Resort Park in Kentucky, is asking for suggestions on a name and theme for the lodge restaurant. Suggestions for a name and theme can be cave related or not. A couple of ideas for cave related names are "Down Under" and "The Grotto".

If a cave related theme is selected John will be looking for caving photos to frame and hang in the lodge restaurant. Photos submitted by cavers are welcome and encouraged. The photos can be cave interiors,
cave entrances, cave life, cave formations, cavers, etc. Photos taken in the Carter County, Kentucky area are preferred but all cave photos will be considered.

If you have a suggestion for a name or theme, photos to submit, or any questions please contact John Jordan.

Ergor Rubreck

After viewing several recent movies about cave exploring, I have decided that we cave explorers need to revise our rules.  “The Cave” and “The Descent” are chilling sagas of highly talented actors going into caves where who-knows-what may await. Their adventures are infinitely more interesting than real cavers.  Those actors that are left have some really cool stories to tell at the next grotto meeting. Cavers are living on the edge of dullness and boredom if we stick to such old laws as:

1.    Never cave alone.
2.    Wear a hard hat.

3.    Carry three sources of light.
4.    Let somebody know where you are going.
5.    Leave the animals alone.
6.    Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

Clearly a revision of those rules is required if we are to have any cave exploring tradition to spin for our grandchildren, if any.

Here is a list of my New & Improved Rules of Cave Exploring to heighten the adventure and make the trip report more interesting.  I will illustrate each in turn:

1.    Depart from the party rapidly so you can’t hear them yell “Come back!”
2.    Wax your hard hat, but don’t wear it often because it will muss your hair.
3.    Carry six sources of light, drop four of them, throw the other two at dark shadows, and rely on ambient light in the cave.
4.    Tell nobody where you are going; they may scoop you otherwise.
5.    Pick up and examine closely all living things, especially those with pointy teeth.
6.    When the passage behind falls in, press on.

To be sure, cavers may add to this list, but I mainly wanted to address safety.  Risk and conflict make drama.  Safety is a story killer.

In “The Descent”, a story of how some of the loudest screaming women on earth drink beer and go caving, the party heads for Appalachian Mountains.  We know those caves have never been explored properly.  They are so far up the mountains that only logging trucks can survive in the thin air.  The yawning

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