Cave Trip Report: Bone-Norman

Cave: Bone-Norman
Location: West Virginia
Date: March 9, 1968
By: Charles Williams
Netherworld News: April 1969
Personnel: Ray Povirk and Charles Williams

Previous to this trip we had both been with groups that had made the Bone-Norman connection and had explored Norman Cave from the Norman entrance. Now we wanted to look over Norman Cave by way of the Bone entrance.

Going through the connecting squeeze and crawlway was as miserable and dusty as ever. About two hours and one mile from the Bone entrance we came to a side passage along the main stream. This passage, although fairly obvious, has not been visited too often. Even though the passage is at least 15 feet above the main stream almost all of the footprints of previous visitors have been washed out.

This passage was crossed often by other passages. Several holes in the floor led to a stream running beneath it. Almost the entire length of this passage was covered in mud. About a mile in from the main stream we came upon a high section where previous footprints had not been washed out. It was quite evident less than 5 people have ever been to this section of the cave. One-quarter of a mile further on we were well rewarded for our trouble. Having seen no formations since the beginning of the passages, we came across formations which are probably the best we have ever seen. Pure white and almost impossible to describe, they are the finest I have seen in over 70 cave trips.

I personally think they are better than Cass or Elkhorn Mountain though not as large in area. At the end of the passage just past the pure white formations was another well decorated section. This section had, among other things, crystal edged rimstone pools and many soda straws (some of which were three feet long). All of this virtually unvisited by man.

On the way out of this passage we checked out five or six hundred feet of virgin passage which contained nothing but a small stream.

Even considering the misery of the dusty crawling the trip was more than worthwhile. We saw at least 1 miles of virtually unexplored and probably unmapped passage. There were many leads we did not have time to check out. The formations, which were better than the "Great White Way", will most certainly be the object of a future photographic trip.

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