Indiana Caving

Since this has evolved into an outdoors blog – and since I started it shortly after moving to Wisconsin – I’ve decided to dredge up some old cave pictures. You might call it nostalgia. Back when we lived in Indianapolis, Allison and I spent quite a few weekends crawling around underground.

Thanks again to my friends Aaron and Jace for introducing us to the caving world. Here are a few of the highlights:

Salamander Cave, February 2010

Salamander Cave was one of the first trips I took Allison on. It wasn’t terribly challenging (mostly walking and crouching), but we found a few tight squeezes to explore…including this side passage (view from above):

Climbing down a hole

Not long after the trip to Salamander, we took my brother along to one of the more…difficult…caves in southern Indiana. Wayne’s Cave requires something like a 1/4-mile army crawl just to reach an area where it’s possible to stand up and stretch.

Aaron in Wayne's Cave, March 2010

Trent and Allison

Yeah, I used to have a beard

We also managed to drag Allison’s friend Krista along a few times. These pictures are from a trip to Wells Cave in February, 2011:

Krista descending into Wells Cave

Allison showing off her climbing skills

Stopping for a rest

And these pictures are from various trips we took to Sullivan Cave. This was one of my favorite caves, with a nice combination of climbing, crawling, walking, and wading:

Doing my best "Splinter Cell" imitation

Wading through an underground stream

Jace, Krista, and Allison climbing some rocks

Finally, here are some pictures from trips we took to Buckner cave in the spring of 2011:

Allison's dad navigating the "Waterfall Passage"

Jace entering the "Waterfall Room"

Allison taking a nap

Published in: on October 31, 2011 at 11:47 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. As usual it was a pleasure to see your pics and post. Even a “caveman” would like this one!

  2. Nice post Matt. “Meredith” was actually me : )

  3. Haha, I didn’t think that sounded like Meredith. Are you trying to get me to switch to Geico?

  4. I really like your photo/blog. I grew up in Leavenworth, IN and used to explore caves with my brother, our friends and my (now wife of 22 years) GF. We had some really great times. Buckner was my favorite. We had a fat kid get stuck in the entrance to the volcano room one time.

    I just decided out of the blue to surf for images of the Thresher Sub and your blog came up. Brings back fond memories. Thaks for sharing the pics and comments.

    Andrew Jones
    Coral Springs, FL

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