Caving in Southeast Idaho, USA

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Entering a cave below ground.

One of the few things I enjoy about living in Idaho is caving. The area is covered in an ancient lava flow that makes the surface very rough and hot! Below ground is a different world unlike the harsh one above.  It is MUCH cooler and has frozen ice crystals to look at. It can also be very dangerous. A guide is essential. DO NOT attempt to explore caves yourself! You can get lost and seriously injured or killed. There are underground rivers that melt and freeze. It can trap you in the cave. There are also snakes and bats which make their homes in the dark, cool earth. You can also freeze to death if you are not properly prepared. The water coming down from the surface also freezes, pushing rock away from cave walls and when it thaws, there is nothing for the rock to cling to and it falls from the ceiling which can hit you on the head or hand or foot, or kill you. When approached with safety and caution, caving can be a beautiful and magical place to find yourself. You become one with the earth and see places very few people can. Remember not to leave your garbage or bodily functions behind. Remove nothing from the caves and only take pictures with you.  Caves are fragile. Footprints and fires can damage them. I am including these photos because I enjoy being part of Nature. I hope you can appreciate the beauty in the desert too. More photos are on my MySpace website. Thanks for visiting.

Frye says:
Hi Leilani,
It looks like we hit some of the same caves. I live in hailey and am a member of the Silver Sage Grotto. Do you know Jeff Wilson? He's a great caver in IF.
I see you went in Crystal. Did you drop in Kings Bowl side, too? It's awesome. Have you been in Dragons Breath with its six different vibrant lava colors from six different flows? Are you still caving? I see your last posts were 2007. SWFrye
Posted on: Apr 02, 2009
gentry591 says:
Cool pictures- don't quess I will do much of this--can't crawl or bend as well as use to. Did explore some lava tubes in Idaho, Oregon this year but and enjoyed them
Posted on: Sep 19, 2007
Chokk says:
WOW - thats amazing - I havent really done caves - only the ones with wine and Champagne:D
Posted on: Jul 08, 2007
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Entering a cave below ground.
Entering a cave below ground.
Become one with the earth!
Become one with the earth!
Ice crystals on the ceiling of the…
Ice crystals on the ceiling of th…
Low ceiling and huge boulders make…
Low ceiling and huge boulders mak…
Snow at the bottom of the canyon e…
Snow at the bottom of the canyon …
Tight squeezes are strickly for sk…
Tight squeezes are strickly for s…
Lava on the surface. In the middle…
Lava on the surface. In the middl…
Cave wall that has been damaged by…
Cave wall that has been damaged b…
More evidence of damage by mankind…
More evidence of damage by mankin…
Me rapelling over a cliff to reach…
Me rapelling over a cliff to reac…
Campfire on a cookie sheet. A meth…
Campfire on a cookie sheet. A met…
My home for the night. No bathroom…
My home for the night. No bathroo…
The cave is VERY dark. My camera d…
The cave is VERY dark. My camera …
It is very dark and DUSTY! You can…
It is very dark and DUSTY! You ca…
This is the canyon where the cave …
This is the canyon where the cave…
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