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A cave rappelling class is offered every Sunday during the months of May, June, July, August, September, and October, at 2 pm. Walk-ins are invited and no reservations are needed. This class is for beginners. The first hour of class is in the Visitors’ Center. Then the class enters the lighted section of the cave and goes to a 40 foot cliff where, at least two rappels are given each student. A double-belay is used so that, if need be, either of the two instructors can safely lower a student to the floor even if the student lets go of the rope. The cost for this class is $35 per person. Participants must be at least 12 years of age.
For groups of six or more, with a pre-paid appointment, this cave rappelling class is offered on other days of the week during those same months as well. Call 724-438-3003 to make your reservation.
NOTE: The above start times are the start times. For reasons of safety, late arrivers cannot be accommodated. Try to arrive at least 15 minutes early. Allow extra driving time. Read our directions link and the rappelling release form.
This activity is designed for beginners. The activity begins with an instruction session. A double belay (two-ropes – two staffers) is used. All equipment is provided by Laurel Caverns. Every participant is guaranteed at least two drops. Since our rappelling cliffs are in the cave, rain is never a problem.
The cave rappelling activity requires a signed release form which, for anyone under 18 years of age, must also be signed by a parent or legal guardian. This form must be read carefully for it will convey a sense of the risks associated with high adventure cave rappelling. Any individual under the age of 18 arriving without a parentally signed release form will not be admitted to a rappelling activity. Trip sponsors and leaders may not sign for anyone as a proxy for the parent.Rappelling Rate $35.00 per person
PLEASE NOTE: No individual(s) under the age of 18 may participate in Cave Rappelling unless an adult having supervisory authority for the individual(s) is present during the program in the cave with them.