Mapping in Fern Cave 2007 - 2009 [click on photos to enlarge]
Surprise Pit 1990
My first visit to Fern Cave was on June 9, 1990 to bounce 404 foot deep 'Surprise Pit'. I did not return to Fern again until November 17, 2007. This time to assist with the Fern Cave System surveying project.
Fern is an amazing cave. It has over 15 miles of mapped passages. Numerous deep pits and "bottomless" canyon passages. A colony of 1.5 million endangered gray bats. The list goes on and on...
Steve Pitts & Daniel Wood with Gray Bats above
Fern Cave double entrance
Jennifer Pinkley & Daniel Wood share the passage with gray bats in the Morgue area of Fern
Jimmy Romines descending into Fern's Bottom Cave section
Helectite Garden [click to enlarge]
View Nathan Williams' incredible photos of the Helectites in Fern Cave HERE
Reed torch remains [photo by Jimmy R.]
Jimmy viewing bear claw marks on wall
Reed stoke marks on wall [photo by Jimmy R.]
Sabrina Simon sketching in the Hall of Giants
Climbing out of Mustache Pit [photo by Jimmy R.]
Steve & Brent clear a ledge along a 130 ft pit (3/15/08)