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?
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.