"You are at one end of a vast hall stretching forward out of sight to
(Cave food note: at the time, I was using polyethylene squeeze tubes from Gerry Mountaineering. The flavor that day was strawberry jam and peanut butter.)
But times and techniques change, and attitudes towards what was "impossible" become "feasible". We will delve into that subject in another chapter.
R.C. quickly found an easily climbable route up among breakdown blocks. Now, some 15 to 20 feet above the canyon floor, a massive pillar could be dimly seen. A 15 foot barrier wall separated us from the actual base of the room.
But the gods were good to us! A keyhole arched through the barrier wall, giving easy access to the bottom of the steep slopes.
At last we could see the pillar. It almost divides the room equally in two. A couple of holes tunnel through its base. Sediment slopes went more than 50 feet higher, to where we could walk around the back of the pillar.
This column is the greatest bedrock pillar we'd ever seen. Its presence is mystical. So they were named: Prometheus' Pillar; and the huge room, The Pantheon.
The space was several hundreds of feet long, with a ceiling height of over 100 feet at the start, over the canyon, 55 -60 feet at the Pillar, and gradually diminishing toward the back, as the sediment mounted higher.
The Pantheon and Prometheus' Pillar were the culmination of a fantastic day of
In recent years, other modest discoveries have been made. A connection to Flitterin' Pit and eventually to Cave River Cave, the system's resurgence, eluded us. It continues to do so, despite some daring underwater probes from three access points.
More on those, coming soon.