The deepest cave in America is neither easy or pretty. It is cold and brutal.
Peter Johnson repairs his cave suit on the surface.
Brian Gindling and Steven Rehbein ascending the web of ropes.
Just another shitty rappel.
Ben Schwartz sketches the map of a new section of passage.
Pete studies a map.
Staying warm with the camp fire at base camp.
The last night of the trip was spent along the South Fork of the Flathead river.
There is allot of steming to be done.
Steven Rehbein moving through “Tears of the Turtle” cave.
A snack break in the large passage below birthday pit.
Brian Gindling glides past ice formations in Tears.
Casting spells & telling tales before entering Tears.
Hiking through the karst on the way to “Tears of the Turtle” cave.
The 1st team packs up after their exit from the cave.
The entrance to “Tears of the Turtle” cave on Turtlehead mountain in the Bob Marshall Wilderness of Montana.
The “Death is all Around.” drop in Virgil cave.
Warming a poptart in the camp fire.
It was colder and wetter than we expected.
Navigating back to camp in rain and fog.
Ian Chechet collecting drinking water from a drip.
Approahing the entrance of Virgil; the 3rd deepest cave in CONUS.
Ben Tobin desceneds a rope in Tears.