This program is also called: Upper Caving. Participants see both the upper area of Laurel Caverns (asl elevations: 2522’ down to 2342’) and its middle zone (asl elevations: 2341’ down to 2264’). It is a response to an increasing recognition by scout organizations, summer camps, schools, and first responders, that persons should be trained in safe caving practices before entering the lower areas of Laurel Caverns (asl elevations: 2263’ down to 2070’) where the physical challenges are great and responses to a health or injury event are unusually difficult. A minimum age of 12 years is strongly recommended for Upper Caving.
Advanced reservations are required for groups of 15 or more (phone: 724-438-3003). They are not required (Registration is open) for walk-ins and smaller groups prepared with proper footwear and lights in accord with the Upper Caving Release Form. Registration begins at 9:30 am and the program begins at 10:00 am. It concludes at 1:00 pm. The cost for Open Registration Upper Caving is $40 per person.
This program includes a classroom orientation, a guided tour in the maze with a crawl example to test endurance, and a caving trip that begins in the Dining Room and goes through the flue to the Ball Room, Bat Room, Petit Falls, and the Roland’s Dig passage. Shoes that bind above the ankle are required.
July 1 through Sunday, August 21, 2022: Everyday – 9:30 am and 1:30 pm
August 22, through Sunday, October 30, 2022: Saturdays & Sundays only – 9:30 am and 1:30 pm
Participants must have attained their 9th birthday and arrive prepared with: (1) the Upper Caving Release Form signed by a parent or legal guardian if they are under 18 years of age, (2) two sources of light, (3) clothing that covers their arms and legs, and (4) hiking shoes that lace ABOVE the ankle or boots that lace ABOVE the ankle. Helmets are provided by Laurel Caverns.