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Re: Favorite Indiana Caves

Postby Mike Hood » Aug 18, 2008 7:50 pm

Small Dull is another cave I always wanted to visit, but never got a chance to before it closed. Another Bloomington cave I like (but did not put on my list) is Leonard Springs Cave. My aunt and uncle owned it in the late 1950's-early 1960's (though I didn't visit it until the early 1990's).
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Cave River Valley

Postby BadPirate » Aug 19, 2008 7:25 am

Info on Cave River
http://www.in.gov/dnr/files/sp-Prelim_C ... t_Plan.pdf

Hope its usefull

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Re: Favorite Indiana Caves

Postby hoosiercaver1 » Aug 25, 2008 6:45 pm

Alright, Waynes is off my list!!! On Saturday it claimed my coveralls, pack and 12 hrs. of my weekend. We didnt even make it to camp 4!!! Im pretty sad about my pack. I loved that thing. Im kidding, I still love that cave, and always have a good time there, but it is very hard on equipment. So leave your lucky pack at home so you dont ruin it!!!
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Re: Favorite Indiana Caves

Postby wyandottecaver » Aug 25, 2008 7:12 pm

:rofl: I have turned down several invites by people extolling the "good parts" in the back. I figure they are the rewards for the suckers...I mean cavers who do that crawl...twice! Hopefully someone will install a drilled "rescue" entrance someday into more reasonable passage.

I highly recommend a swago pack BTW.
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Re: Favorite Indiana Caves

Postby caveflower » Aug 25, 2008 7:27 pm

I'm all for drilling a new entrance. Maybe I'de still have two good knees. We are suckers who just want to say we been to camp 4 and back.lol
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Re: Favorite Indiana Caves

Postby Illinois Caver » Aug 25, 2008 10:50 pm

My turn to chime in...

Sullivan (for the diversity)
Doghill-Donohue (love the natural bridges and nostalgic reasons)
Buddha (where else can you go in Buddha and come out Christian, oh yeah neat formations!)
River Cave (600' boom passage, lovely boat ride, crawdads and cavefish)
Waynes' (Helectite Holler and Camp Two)

Honorable Mention
Lost River (still getting tastes of this one)
Bronson/Donaldson (haven't been there in awhile and need a refresher)
Shaft (first vertical experience)
Saltpeter (some unique history to been seen)
Waterfall (Henderson Park, want to do this sometime besides winter)

As Mike has said, some of these have very limited access, but still have great memories.

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Re: Favorite Indiana Caves

Postby Billy » Aug 26, 2008 5:12 pm

Waynes had been the nemesis of one of our grotto members for a long time, with him vowing "never to go back". So when we hit Camp 4 (without Troy, unfortunately), we took a group photo and photoshopped him in the honorary sense.

I'm surprised Laura didn't list Sullivan five times in a row!

And I'll also chime in for Small and Dull. Always had a soft spot in my heart before it was closed.
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Re: Favorite Indiana Caves

Postby hoosiercaver1 » Aug 26, 2008 7:54 pm

Hey, Shaft was my first vertical cave too!! Thats cool. I hope to go back soon.
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Re: Favorite Indiana Caves

Postby Lava » Aug 31, 2008 11:06 pm

wyandottecaver wrote:I dunno if I would call heisers horizontal......of course part is but not the part everyone wants to do :big grin:


Oh yeah, missed that one! Still, only one vertical cave on my list is surprising.
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Re: Favorite Indiana Caves

Postby pcassidy » Oct 14, 2008 4:44 am

I can't believe none of you have mentioned any of MY favorite caves.
Snowblossom
Peachers
Maple Grove
ALMs
Silent Brook

I'm partially kidding of course.
Although I'll have to say that Buckners is horrible and I thought it was going to kill me when I went.
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Re: Favorite Indiana Caves

Postby Anonymous_Coward » Oct 22, 2008 7:55 am

Hey I want in on this...

Top Five:

Ted's Dig
Birthday Plunge
Donaldson-Bronson
River Cave
King Leo (my first vertical cave)

Honorable Mention:

Buddha
Doghill Donnehue
Lamplighter
Middle Cave
Breathing Hole
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Re: Favorite Indiana Caves

Postby Mike Hood » Oct 22, 2008 1:06 pm

wyandottecaver wrote::rofl: I have turned down several invites by people extolling the "good parts" in the back. I figure they are the rewards for the suckers...I mean cavers who do that crawl...twice! Hopefully someone will install a drilled "rescue" entrance someday into more reasonable passage.

I highly recommend a swago pack BTW.


I doubt the IKC is very keen on drilling another entrance. :shrug:
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Re: Favorite Indiana Caves

Postby Grandpa Caver » Oct 22, 2008 5:43 pm

wyandottecaver wrote::rofl: I have turned down several invites by people extolling the "good parts" in the back. I figure they are the rewards for the suckers...I mean cavers who do that crawl...twice! Hopefully someone will install a drilled "rescue" entrance someday into more reasonable passage.

I highly recommend a swago pack BTW.


Aw shoot, it aint that bad. I stopped counting a long time ago when I had logged 7 miles (one way) in the crawlway alone! I must admit though, on my last trip to Waynes I blew out my left knee and will not do it again, EVER. But thats just me...so it goes.
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Re: Favorite Indiana Caves

Postby Mike Hood » Oct 22, 2008 6:53 pm

Grandpa Caver wrote:
wyandottecaver wrote::rofl: I have turned down several invites by people extolling the "good parts" in the back. I figure they are the rewards for the suckers...I mean cavers who do that crawl...twice! Hopefully someone will install a drilled "rescue" entrance someday into more reasonable passage.

I highly recommend a swago pack BTW.


Aw shoot, it aint that bad. I stopped counting a long time ago when I had logged 7 miles (one way) in the crawlway alone! I must admit though, on my last trip to Waynes I blew out my left knee and will not do it again, EVER. But thats just me...so it goes.


I always thought the crawl was overrated. Still, I haven't been there in many years, and I'm not as young as I used to be! I might have a different impression if I went back now! :grin:

Besides, the cave beyond the crawlway is worth the trip.
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Re: Favorite Indiana Caves

Postby Jeff D » Feb 6, 2009 6:34 pm

Mike,

Do you know if the culvert entrance to Donehue still exists and is usable? I've done Doghill/Donehue about ten times, but that was years ago. I would like to take my son, who is now old enough, but don't want the partial bathtubs from the River side entrance.

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