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The Caves Beyond: The Story of the Floyd Collins' Crystal Cave Exploration

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In February, 1954, under the direction of Joe Lawrence, Jr., the National Speleological Society sent the largest, most highly organized, and best-equipped expedition in the history of American cave exploration into Floyd Collins' Crystal Cave, Kentucky. The Caves Beyond is the official account of that expedition and a classic American caving story. There is no other caving ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published August 1st 1975 by Zephyrus Press (first published June 1975)
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Matthew
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, non-fiction
This is a great companion book to The Longest Cave, but will probably only be enjoyed by the true caving die hards or people who are deeply interested in the history and exploration of caves/Mammoth Cave.

It is amazing to me that the entirety of this book is summarized in one short chapter in The Longest Cave. It just goes to show how much there can be in between the lines when history is paraphrased!
Ellen Trautner
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, I think. I enjoyed this book, but it is such a specific genre I'm not certain who outside of cavers I'd recommend it to. It's a straight forward account of a big step in American caving--pushing past the "endurance barrier" and spending an entire week underground, exploring a cave system. It's told from two perspectives--that of the expedition leader, and of one of the regular cave explorers. The section from the explorer especially reads like a good adventure story, with a little bit ...more
Chris Kakolewski
Jan 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
A fantastic book about caving and the excitement of exploration. The accomplishments of this party of individuals for their time period is quite impressive. I've been to most of these areas of the cave so I am probably more emotionally and sentimentally connected to this book than most others that may read it. There are at times some melodramatic rants on the difficulty of getting from one place to another, but you have to keep in mind the era when the exploration took place. I'm sure the the au ...more
Renee
Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Caving was SO my thing growing up! My favorite high school class trip was going down from WI to MO for a week of underground muddy tunnels. I blogged a bit about it over at Samhain yesterday as a lead in to Dust of Dreams release -- since the major setting was a cave.

So I really got into this book. I've never had the adventure of exploring NEW cave, but the NSS put together a MAJOR endeavor in 1954 to explore this natural wonder. The level of support was unprecedented, and they openly discuss bo
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