Caving Narrative 1984 - July 22
Duration of Trip:
New Cave Surveyed:
This area was suggested by Tom Miller as one that needed surveying. On his previous trip to the area he said he had seen about 300 feet of passage with potential for more.
We took off near the second crossroads and made our way into the Attic. Except for the initial climb (which was pretty easy) the trip was very easy. We crossed the Attic, being careful not to slide into the deep pits further back in this area. Just off the pit area, Tom began looking for the right lead. After a few minutes he found it and we all crawled in after him.
This lead led to a fairly large area. There was string there and many fragments of newspapers. One had a date of 1895 on it.
To our disappointment, someone had already sent a survey line into the area. We found mylar reflective tapes indicating a relatively recent survey.
After looking at fossils, gypsum, calcite, and aragonite splotches we exited the cave. There are probably other leads to look at in the area.
Report by: Jim Pisarowicz
Did You Know?
Winds caused by changes in barometric pressure are what give Wind Cave its name. These winds have been measured at the cave's walk-in entrance at over 70 mph. The winds at the natural entrance of the cave attracted the attention of Native Americans and early settlers.