"Thrill Factor" explores the exciting world of thrill rides, waterslides and other heart-pumping experiences through a scientific lens. Sharing their passion for both adventure and science, hosts Kari Byron and Tory Belleci dive into the amazing engineering, physics and biomechanics that explain why these rides excite adrenaline junkies around the world.
Whether it's jumping out of planes, racing IndyCars or plummeting down the world's tallest waterslide, each episode offers a different and daring thrill. Kari and Tory use themselves as guinea pigs, strapping in to these fast and frightening rides to collect data about the science of fun.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Thrill Factor - Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park - Netflix
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is an adventure park located above Glenwood Springs, Colorado, about 160 miles west of Denver. Prior to 2003, only cave tours were available until a major expansion took place. The park is unique because it sits at an altitude of 7,100 feet on a mountain above Glenwood. Today, the park features numerous attractions in addition to the cave tours.
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When the cave was first opened in 1895, visitors could only visit a small portion of the cave. After the cave was essentially abandoned in 1917, the cave was left ungated. During this time, more rooms were discovered. However this came at a price as vandals often took advantage of the cave. In the 1960s Pete Prebble bought the cave from the Darrow family and sealed the cave up with the hopes of making them commercial in the future. While this never happened under him, he explored much more of the cave system. What was initially though to be a small cave turned out to be bigger than expected. Prebble eventually found what became known as The Barn by squeezing through what is known as Jam Crack. Jam Crack is the only known natural passage between the upper and lower parts of the cave at just 8 1/2 inches at the smallest part. The cave is now separated into three sections, upper, middle, and lower parts. Today around three miles of passageway is known to exist, the cave is estimated to have 10 miles total. Even with three miles, it makes the Fairy Cave (the official title of the system) one of the largest systems in the state. It is also a rarity among caves as the caves were formed by hot springs. The cave is still being actively explored by a few cavers. Historic Fairy Caves Tour The Fairy Cave tour takes place in the upper section of the cave and is about 1/4 mile of walking. The first half of the tour re-traces the steps of the first part of the discovered cave before going through the Darrow tunnel. This leads to Exclamation Point looking 1,300 feet into Glenwood Canyon. The second half of the tour takes place into places once only accessible by the wild tour This half was opened up in 2013. The tour in mainly geared towards the history of the cave including how it was named. The tour last 40 minutes and due to the small nature of the cave, takes 20 per tour. Kings Row Tour Formally the second half of the original cave tour prior to 2013, this tour predominantly features two rooms, The Barn and Kings Row which are in the middle section of the cave. Guest enter through the bore before entering the top of The Barn. The tour is more focused on formations and cave geology as guest descend 127 stairs to the bottom of The Barn. At the bottom is the entrance to Kings Row. Here guides will point out the many features of what is the most decorated cave room in the state with an accompanying light show. Part of the show highlights the caves bio-luminescence. The guest will then proceed slowly back to the start of the tour. The tour last 40 minutes and 25 people on any single tour. Wild Tour The wild tour is the only remaining original tour from when the Beckley's first opening the cave abit the path has changed. The tour is much like a caver experiences with crawling through many tight passages with names such as the meat grinder and column crawl. Guest are rewarded with more pristine cave, less visited rooms, and smaller groups. The experience last three hours in groups of eight or smaller. Unlike the regular tours, guest must make reservations in advanced.
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