Attention: By signing this document, you are acknowledging risks and will waive certain legal rights. Please read carefully.
    There are significant elements of risk in any adventure, sport, or activity associated with a cave. Certain risks cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique character and natural beauty of the cave and caving activities. The same elements that contribute to the unique character of the activity can be causes of loss or damage to your equipment, or accidental injury, illness, or in extreme cases, permanent trauma or death. We do not want to frighten you or reduce your enthusiasm for this activity but we think it is important for you to know in advance what to expect and to be informed of the inherent risks.

    I acknowledge that the following describes some, but not all, of the risks:
    1) Slips, trips, falls, or painful crashes due to pits, boulders, loose debris, inclines, declines, and wet areas in the cave.
    2) risks associated with crossing, climbing, or down climbing.
    3) misuse of equipment or failure of equipment.
    4) my physical strength, coordination, sense of balance and ability to follow or give directions while climbing, belaying, crawling, walking, or stooping.
    5) fatigue, chill, hypothermia, and/or dizziness, which may cause injury in and of itself or diminish my reaction time and increase the risk of accident.
    6) my own inadequate equipment and lack of training.
    7) the risk of head injury by falling rocks, debris, slipping and falling, tripping, my own failure to wear a helmet, and banging my head on rock protrusions or the ceiling.
    8) nonlevel ground and walking surfaces such as breakdown, mud, cave formations, water, gravel, and rocks which may cause falls, twisted ankles, and other bodily injury.
    9) the complicated labyrinth of passages in a cave which may cause me and other members of my party to get lost.
    10) the fact that since all caves are underground they may flood and have high water levels which can cause drowning, hypothermia, and other illness and injuries.
    11) abrasion from or entanglement with ropes or equipment.
    12) the presence, actions or falls of other members of my party.
    13) the fact that caves are dark areas, the very definition of a cave is a natural opening in the earth where light does not penetrate - therefore the risk of entering a cave without adequate lighting for which I am solely responsible.
    14) the presence, actions, or falls of other participants.
    15) trash, man-made debris and other materials which may be washed into or otherwise accumulate in a cave.
    16) the presence or absence of good, breathable oxygen in a cave.
    17) farm equipment, farm animals, dogs, vehicles, vegetation which may exist and be hidden on my ingress and egress to and from the cave.
    18) the inherent and extreme risks associated with swimming in a cave’s water and particularly of cave diving.
    19) Wild animals which exist in nature and which may use the cave’s entrance or the cave itself for a habitat and all risks associated therewith.

    In consideration of the privilege to enter the cave and being allowed to survey, study and/or explore it, I on my behalf and the behalf of any minor in my charge or for which I am parent, legal guardian or otherwise responsible, any heirs, personal representatives or assigns, do hereby release Louisville Grotto of the National Speleological Organization, the National Speleological Organization, landowners upon whose land I may cross, private owners of caves, and their principals, directors, co-owners, spouses, agents, employees, and volunteers, and each and every land owner, municipal and/or governmental agency upon whose property such activity is conducted, from all liability and waive any claim for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death occurring to me and/or any minor in my charge or for which I am parent, legal guardian or otherwise responsible from any cause whatsoever.

    Is there is a Minor:

    Name(s), Birthdate(s), and Relationship of minors covered by the above agreement

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