• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Caving Narrative 1987 - November 20

Participants: Shaun Larson, Jim Pisarowicz, Darren Ressler, Karen Rosga

Duration of Trip: 2-1/2 hours

New Cave Surveyed: 108.5 feet

There are many parts of Wind Cave relatively close to the developed trails that are “known about” but have never been surveyed. Occasionally these areas yield up significant new finds but you never know until someone goes in the check out these territories. This trip was an after work trip to one of these areas that was known but never surveyed or thoroughly checked out.

By 6:30 pm we were all standing in the elevator building ready to head off into the darkness. Before long we had made our way through Hobson’s Choice and the Roadblock and were looking into the passage that had not been surveyed. Taking out the surveying gear we were ready to see what this passage would yield.

The first couple of sets of readings went pretty quickly but between the second and third station was a short climb. Karen was to be the second one down the climb after Shaun. Partway down the pit she decided that she needed to reposition herself. Unfortunately there just happened to be a small protuberance on the climb and she caught her coveralls on that rock. She could neither go up nor down. She did get herself off that rock but not before everyone (save Karen) ad decided to call the pit Caught Crotch Climb.

The passageway eventually closed down but not before we had seen and recorded some nice displays of cave popcorn and frostwork.

Report by: Jim Pisarowicz

Did You Know?

fire on the prairie

Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.