John Jordan, the park manager at Carter Caves State Resort Park
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
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
ESSENTIAL CAVE EXPLORING RULES
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
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
I will illustrate each in turn:
ERGOR’S NEW RULES FOR CAVERS
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
4. Tell nobody where you are going; they may scoop
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
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
They are so far up the mountains that only logging trucks can survive
in the thin air. The yawning