Hoff's Aliner Travels
A Travel Blog for US and Canadian Parks with Geological Notes

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

I had heard of Carlsbad Caverns for many years and it was a must see on my trip. I wasn’t disappointed.
Modified From Wikipedia:
Carlsbad Cavern includes a large cave chamber, the Big Room, a natural limestone chamber that is almost 4,000 feet (1,220 m) long, 625 feet (191 m) wide, and 255 feet (78 m) high at the highest point. It is the fifth largest chamber in North America and the twenty-eighth largest in the world.

Exploration is not done by Park Rangers but is done by Spelunking associations. In 1985 a very distinctive method of exploration was invented. In a dome area 255 feet (78 m) above the Big Room floor not far from the Bottomless Pit, a stalagmite leaned out. Using a balsa wood loop with helium-filled balloons attached, the explorers—after several tries over several years—floated a lightweight cord that snagged the target stalagmite. Once the cord was in position up, over, and back to the ground, a climbing rope was pulled into position, and the explorers ascended into what they named The Spirit World.
Whoever climbed up that rope had some mighty big cajones.


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