• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Caving Narrative 1986 - April 29

Participants: Greg Nepstad, Jim Nepstad, Jim Pisarowicz

Duration of Trip: 12 hours

New Cave Surveyed: 578 feet

We began the survey at the south end of Fireball Hall. This led to some very tight crawls and then turned east. Before we knew it we were again entering Cave City. We had discovered another route into this room.

Heading back to Fireball Hall via The 500 Foot Pit (much easier than the new route), we found a high lead heading west. After some crawling along in areas that appeared to be fault zones, we popped into a large room which we called Happy Hollow (we were "happy" to find such a large hollow).

This was to be a day of large room discoveries because through a crawlway out of Happy Hollow we found another large room. Looking about in this room we discovered another crawl that led into a third large room. We were so excited that we did not even name the second room we found! The third room was called the Laugh Track because Greg got so excited that he caused Jim and I to laugh uncontrollably as we were crawling toward that room.

Plotting up the passages after the trip, we were surprised to find that we were only 20 feet away from connecting between the historic and western sections of the cave. We are very excited about the prospects of the next trip.

Report by: Jim Pisarowicz

Did You Know?

A picture of Alvin McDonald in his caving hat.

Alvin McDonald was the first systematic explorer of Wind Cave. He explored the cave from 1890 until his death in 1893. More...