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KeyserSoze

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Speleofest, a caving event in Kentucky
« on: April 24, 2012, 12:12:31 PM »

Mark your calendars for the 41st Annual Speleofest.  It's a great chance to do some wild caving in Kentucky and enjoy the holiday weekend in a fun camping / festival environment.  It's a great value too; for less than the cost of a wild caving trip offered at any commercial cave in Kentucky, you can camp all weekend and have access to some of the best caves around.

http://louisville.caves.org/speleofest.html

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Re: Speleofest, a caving event in Kentucky
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2012, 12:18:48 PM »

Were really excited about the cave list at Speleofest this year. We will have led trips into some of Kentucky's BIGGEST caves, which include Ropple Cave (one of the best caves in Kentucky), Hidden River Cave (explore a commercial cave where tourists do not go), Fisher Ridge (part of Mammoth Cave), Constantine Saltpeter, Thornhill, and Big Bat. There are many others to choose from also, including some brand new caves that have never been offered before.

In addition, we will have a new field trip this year that would appeal to those outdoors lovers wanting to remain above ground.

Saturday May 26 10:00AM
Led by Steve Gray, District Forester & William Pearson, Professor of Biology

Stop 1- Restored Fire Tower

This tower was used by the Kentucky. Division of Forestry until the early 1970’s. It was
purchased, moved to this location and restored by Charlie Williams. Climb the 60 foot
tower and look over the Hart County landscape. Learn how the system of fire towers
worked and what replaced fire towers for forest fire detection.

Stop 2- Forest Ecology and Geology

We will park at the kudzu patch and walk the woods road which lies right on the contact
of the St. Genevieve limestone and the limestone of the Girkin Formation. Even though
the cave bearing limestones appear to be similar, look at the difference in the forest.
There is no comparison between the huge trees on the St. Gen. and the struggling cedar
dominated forest on the Girkin. Why? Watch out for the pits on the ridge!

Stop 3- Lunch in Munfordville

We will take a break for lunch on your own at any of several available restaurants and if
we have time maybe a quick stop at Kentucky Stonehenge.

Stop 4-Electrofishing on the Green River.

We will travel to Thomas Ford on the Green River about 5 miles ENE of Munfordville.
The Green River holds a treasury of aquatic life as it drains the karst of central Kentucky.
Over 150 species of fishes, 70 mussels ( 8 of them T&E species) and 14 species of
crayfishes including the odd and rare “bottlebrush” crayfish are found in the Green
River. We will look for mussel shells and crayfish and use a backpack electrofishing
device to collect fishes (water level conditions permitting.) If the Green River is too high,
we will move to nearby Bacon Creek.

Note: If you wish to participate in just the forestry trip, you could leave after
lunch or meet us at the Subway restaurant on Hwy 31W on the north side of
Munfordville at 1:00 PM for the electrofishing.
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Re: Speleofest, a caving event in Kentucky
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2012, 07:45:57 AM »

KeyerSoze,

I sent you a PM about the Speleofest but not sure if it went through.
thx
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Re: Speleofest, a caving event in Kentucky
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2012, 11:12:44 PM »

FWI, you can check out the Speleofest facebook page for updates.  Feel free make comments or ask questions there also.
http://www.facebook.com/events/264315956964322/
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Re: Speleofest, a caving event in Kentucky
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2012, 07:48:04 AM »

KeyserSoze,

Well, our circumstance permitted us to participate in Speleofest only on Sunday.  But we had a great time nonetheless as we explored Cooch-Webb,  my SO's first "wild" cave.   Looking forward to next year when we plan to spend  two or three days at Lone Star and enjoy a variety of caves. 

Thanks for posting about Speleofest here.

Jack
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Re: Speleofest, a caving event in Kentucky
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2012, 09:28:12 PM »

Speleofest is something different then Karst O'Rama...right?

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Re: Speleofest, a caving event in Kentucky
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2014, 07:22:09 AM »

Speleofest 2014: here we come!
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