Buckner Cave


Buckner Cave

Buckner Cave is located in the karst topography of the Mitchell Plain in Monroe County, Indiana, just outside of Bloomington. The cave consists of approximately 3 miles of known passage and a unknown amount of unexplored passages.

It is taken care of by the Richard Blenz Nature Conservancy (RBNC) and resides in what is now privately owned property. Cavers interested in visiting need to [http://www.caves.org/grotto/big/rbnc/rbnc.htm obtain permission from the RBNC] one week in advance in order to enter. Alternatively, interested parties can become members and help to maintain the cave as well as benefit from expedited access.

Over the years, the cave has been heavily vandalized, and there is an ongoing effort to restore the cave to its natural state.

Cave layout

The cave sits just outside of a bare campground (no water, no bathrooms). Its entrance is an oval shaped sinkhole approximately 15 ft tall and 20 ft wide which leads downwards in a gentle incline for about 50 ft and then opens up into a large room. Access to the rest of the cave is found through a small hole that brings explorers to an approximately 600 foot army crawl to the next large cavern. From here cavers can choose to explore multiple sections of the cave. Throughout the cave many paths and routes exist and most tunnels and caverns have a few offshoots.

Most of the caverns and passages have been cut out by water over the ages and generally appear to be quite safe. Some areas, especially the side-tunnels and off shoots, are underneath piles of large rocks. A significant section of the cave runs along what is a still running stream that is never more than a couple of feet in depth. Small bats may be found throughout the cave.

The graffiti desecration is rather prominent throughout most of the cave. Astute cavers will notice the signature of L.V. Cushing and the date of 1775 hidden beneath graffiti. Lost cavers in a pinch can pay attention to the orange arrows that point to 'out' but should remember that the graffiti here is terrible and ought not to have been created in the first place. Though vandals have destroyed many of the natural rock formations in the cave it still is a wonderfully complex mesh of tunnels great for exploration and relatively challenging squeezes.

Difficulty

Buckner's cave is easily traversable without rope or special equipment. Many areas have low ceilings and necessitate hands and belly crawling. Areas in the lower parts of the cave near water may be a bit slick. Knee pads are recommended and cavers should be at least moderately flexible and fit.

External links

* [http://www.caves.org/grotto/big/rbnc/Graffiti%20Removal.htm Buckner Cave Graffiti Removal Project]


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