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We rely on our electronics for everything. We even use them to give us a hand in our latest home-improvement projects and to discover the US’s best spelunking spots. To keep your trusty gadgets in …

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America’s Top 7 Spelunking Destinations

September 11, 2012 – 11:16 am | No Comment

We’re following up our brief account of the history of spelunking—and the daring explorations of Édouard-Alfred Martel—with a list of 7 American spelunking destinations.

Lehman Caves are one of Pelican's top 7 spelunking destinations in America

Photo of Lehman Caves courtesy of http://www.nps.gov/grba/index.htm

Any given spelunking aficionado could undoubtedly debate the merits of these with the 250+ grottos in America registered with the National Speleological Society: the features and qualities of each as diverse as America’s landscapes. Nonetheless, our attempt to outline a relatively diverse collection of well-known American spelunking locales follows:

  1. Mammoth Cave National Park (Kentucky): Explored by Martel himself, the Mammoth Cave system is definitively mammoth, featuring 390 miles of explored caves, by far the world’s longest. Consisting primarily of Limestone, Mammoth Cave features many stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, travertine dams, and the otherworldly “gypsum flowers” formation.
  2. Caverns of Sonora (Texas): Regarded as the “most beautiful cave in Texas,” this spelunking destination offers guided tours for the faint-hearted explorer and gemstone panning. The co-founder of the National Speleological Society, Bill Stephenson, once said: “Its beauty cannot be exaggerated, even by Texans,” and in fact, the Caverns are among the most active caves in the world as 95% of its formations continue to grow.
  3. Wind Cave National Park (South Dakota): Located in the rolling Black Hills of South Dakota, there is, in fact, a wind that greets visits at the opening of the cave, as its founders were actually attracted to the cave by a whistling noise. Wind Cave is also known for its rare boxwork formations, which are among the most defined in the world.
  4. Oregon Caves National Monument (Oregon): More descriptively known as the Marble Halls of Oregon, these caves were formed as rainwater from ancient forests dissolved the below marble over time. Located within the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains, the region home to the Marble Halls of Oregon is among the most bio diverse in the world.
  5. Lehman Caves (Nevada): Located within the Great Basin National Park, the Lehman Caves are also marble caves, arguably among the most beautiful in the world, and were discovered by Absalom Lehman. The entrance of the caves features a collection of apricot trees thought to have been planted by Lehman over 100 years ago.
  6. Carlsbad Caverns National Park (New Mexico): The harsh New Mexico landscape gives way to 117 known limestone caves.  The rock home to the caves features fossilized ocean plants and animals from before the dinosaurs. Over time, the rock was eroded by sulfuric acid forming these caves around 250 million years ago.
  7. The Private Caves of Pennsylvania: While the previously discussed National Park “show caves” offer safe, guided tours for the rookie spelunker, privately owned caves across the country offer a more rugged and remote exploration for the veteran caver. Pennsylvania, in particular, is a hot bed of privately owned caves as the state’s many limestone formations have been infiltrated by water over time. The water expanded forming room-sized cracks ripe for exploration. The National Speleological Society offers lists of these privately owned caves accessible to spelunking pros.

Have you caught the spelunking fever yet? Pelican’s extensive range of headlamps is ideal for spelunkers—from beginners to experts. The Pelican 2620 HeadsUp Lite, for instance, lets you switch from Xenon light or LED, while a special lens alters the color spectrum, making the 2620 NVG the perfect night vision headlamp for dark caves and twilight spelunking.

Will you be heading to a spelunking destination anytime soon?

 

 

A Brief History of Spelunking

September 6, 2012 – 4:52 am | No Comment
A Brief History of Spelunking

Spelunking, also known as caving, is the recreational exploration of earth’s natural cave systems. Of course, humans have sought shelter in caves for as long as they’ve walked the earth. So, when did this survival …

The Art of Packing for a Weekend in the Woods

August 16, 2012 – 9:32 am | 2 Comments
The Art of Packing for a Weekend in the Woods

In 2011, approximately 26 million bags were lost on international airline flights. No fun. Want to take a weekend trip with less risk of losing your stuff? Try camping! Since you’re solely responsible for your …

5 Activities for Backyard Camping Family Fun

August 7, 2012 – 6:20 am | No Comment
5 Activities for Backyard Camping Family Fun

Want a simple way to have fun with the whole family this weekend? Try camping! Simply grab the tent, a bag of marshmallows, ditch the cell phones, and hit the lawn for some outdoor family …

The Perfect Fit: What You Need to Know About Our Case Calculator

May 10, 2012 – 1:29 pm | No Comment
The Perfect Fit: What You Need to Know About Our Case Calculator

Here at Pelican, we continue to develop a wide range of case sizes, regardless of the application. Our cases protect an incredible range of items from iPods, tablet computers and laptop to Stinger missiles. With …

How to: Keep Your New Tablet Safe

May 8, 2012 – 1:34 pm | No Comment
How to: Keep Your New Tablet Safe

As technology continually advances, new forms of tablets are being introduced into a variety of home and office spaces. From the new iPad to the Kindle Fire and beyond, these technological advancements are a quite …

Enjoy Winter Activities While Protecting Your Devices

January 4, 2012 – 10:40 am | No Comment
Enjoy Winter Activities While Protecting Your Devices

We love to spend time skiing, snowboarding or simply enjoying the outdoors, but our favorite gadgets aren’t necessarily built to survive our winter activities. Enter the Pelican i1010 and i1015 – virtually indestructible phone and iPod …

Top 5 Mobile Apps for the Outdoor Enthusiast

December 7, 2011 – 6:41 am | No Comment
Top 5 Mobile Apps for the Outdoor Enthusiast

With apps on every platform and new ones being created every day, there truly is an app for everything under the sun. Today, we’re offering our top five apps for the outdoor enthusiast.
Park Maps. Hikers and …

Top 10 Ways to be a Camping Pro

October 23, 2011 – 8:01 am | No Comment
Top 10 Ways to be a Camping Pro

Ah, the wilderness – fending off the land; living with the animals. Okay, so maybe that’s not exactly what camping is today, but our team wants to ensure that your trip is as authentic as …

Be Prepared with Pelican: Emergency Supply Kit Essentials

October 1, 2011 – 9:06 am | 3 Comments
Be Prepared with Pelican: Emergency Supply Kit Essentials

With the recent devastating floods, storms and tornadoes affecting much of the Midwestern and Southern states, it’s important to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way.
Having an emergency supply kit is the first …

Pelican 1075 HardBack™ Case Protects Netbooks and Tablet Computers

September 29, 2011 – 5:57 am | No Comment
Pelican 1075 HardBack™ Case Protects Netbooks and Tablet Computers

TORRANCE, CA  —July 20, 2011 –As the popularity of netbook and tablet devices continues to grow in the mobile computing market, they are projected to account for roughly 35% of the global market by 2014.  …