Elk Mountain Campground Closed
The Elk Mountain Campground is closed and will remain closed through the summer of 2013 due to across the board budget cuts.
Caving Narrative 1986 - March 10
Duration of Trip:
New Cave Surveyed:
A trip the previous day had revealed several hundred feet of new cave in the area known as City Sewer. Absent-minded explorers had forgotten to bring a tape however, and were unable to survey their finds. As this area is only 30 minutes into the cave, we decided to survey the next day after work.
Following several hundred feet of very nasty crawls we came to The Manhole, a 40 foot pit leading down to the City Sewer area. After carefully negotiating this climb, we found ourselves in a series of low, tube-shaped crawls which give the area its name. From here it was only a short distance to the new area.
We began surveying a series of parallel fissures which ran northeast by southwest, an unusual direction for Wind Cave passages. Much of this was walking passage, but getting from fissure to fissure often required low crawls. Three fissures were surveyed and another was left for next time. As they all ran side by side, we named this new area in the cave the Side Roads. Lots of cave remains to be explored and surveyed in this relatively nearby part of the cave.
Report by: Jim Nepstad
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.