Slice in the rock

We spotted the entrance to this cave from another cave in the area. It didn't look like much, but we thought we better check it out.
Just inside the round entry, the cave changes to a vertical crack.
Towards the back there is quite a bit of flowstone.
On a more adventurous day I might try to squeeze through this hole in the floor. I dropped a few rocks down it and you could hear them falling for several seconds.
 

No Thanks Cave

No Thanks Cave is nearly 100' deep and can be done in one drop from this southern most entrance. There is some nice drapery, flowstone and popcorn mostly after the first entry pit.



Spee got the honors of dropping in first.

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The southern most entrance.


Looking north in the entry pit.

Spencer ascending out.


Shane Coles descending the last 30' to the lowest point in the cave.


Some Graffiti.


Looking up at the two southern entrances.
 

No Name Cave


After snaking though some breakdown, a short 15'-20' rappel leads you into a fairly large room.
Shane at the bottom looking at signatures.
1914 and 1920 were the dates on these two.
Looking North toward the upper part of the room.
 

Professor Buss

Professor Buss is the largest of the caves in this area. There are a few interesting formations, but mainly just a lot of signatures and dates. The oldest one I could see was 1912, but there is supposes to be one dating back to 1850. Judging on the graffiti, this cave has lost popularity since the early 90's, or cavers are becoming more respectful of these places. Dan Burgner has just finished surveying the cave, and an official map should be coming soon.

The black is a layer of roots that have been grown over with calcite.

Spencer Coles and Dan Burgener.

Special thanks to Dan and his wife for showing us the way to Professor Buss. We have wasted many a day looking for caves so it was very nice to have a guide to take us straight there!





This room is covered with signatures on just about every wall, boulder and ceiling.

This is the signature of professor Buss for whom the cave is named.
 

South Madhouse

South Madhouse is a fairly small cave. It is a 10' vertical drop at the entrance and then slopes downward following a fissure. There are a few nice formations, but nothing too impressive.



 

North Madhouse

North Madhouse is a tight cave that requires a lot of crawling. There are no significant formations inside, but still a fun one to squeeze through.
Looking down at Shane squeezing though the a tight spot.
Looking out from just inside the entrance.