Caves and karst features

I explored over 150 non-commercial caves from the 1970s – 1980s. Most were in Breckinridge, Hardin and Meade Counties, Kentucky. I discovered one small cave while looking for an entrance to the new discovery section of Webster Cave and poked around in others big and small. Some had 100 foot high passages and some were so low I could touch the ceiling with my shoulders while laying on my belly.

Chris Anderson, myself and others formed the Kentucky Cave Studies Group to organize our cave exploration efforts. We met lots of landowners, roved over field and forest looking for entrances to the 54o underworld of limestone, water and mud.

Ski Hi Cave

Located near Otter Creek, Meade Co., Kentucky, this cave has a classic karst window – a sinkhole formed by passage collapse into a roughly rectangular shape. A stream traverses the entrance with a tiny downstream passage and a rough upstream passage. This is a challenging cave for those not physically fit.

Alan in crawlway in Ski Hi Cave 1981

Raymond Cave

A well-known privately-owned, gated cave in Breckinridge Co., Kentucky, it contains abundant speleothems, a pit about 200-feet deep, an area studded with gypsum, some crawling passage but mostly walking height. It also shows damage from what I believe is by the New Madrid earthquakes.

Chris Anderson photographing the gypsum passage in Raymond Cave

B & O Cave

A privately-owned, gated cave, in Breckinridge Co., Kentucky, B & O consists of a roughly L-shaped so-called trunk passage with some of the most abundant gypsum crystal deposits in the area. This cave has extremely limited access and I have been fortunate to be invited to explore and document this cave.

Gypsum “flowers” formed by growth from the cave “soil” in B & O Cave