The Kentucky Caver Quarterly Proceedings of the
Bluegrass Grotto: the North Central Kentucky Area Chapter of the National Speleological Society
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 vol. 41. iss. 3, September 2006
enough to allow three WCCSG survey trips beyond the sump.  Northbore and Eastbore were surveyed on these trips, as well as the most significant discovery since Northbore itself.  Eastbore fails to live up to its name for long, quickly becoming a wet crawl terminating in a permanent sump.  However, near its end, a small lead was pushed by Pat Mudd who squeezed through a passage now called the Corkscrew into virgin, upper level walking passage creatively named Upper Eastbore.  This was significant for several reasons.  First of all, Webster cave is very horizontal so for the Webster caver, the Corkscrew is big time vertical (20ft of gain or so).  Secondly, this upper level passage was dry (a rare and beautiful thing in Webster).  More significantly, this passage leads to a crawl through breakdown that eventually opens back up in what was named Holmes Hall (in honor of Webster Cave explorer, Bill Holmes).  Holmes hall is the most significant upper level development currently known in the cave, and survey in this area is far from complete.  The extent of upper-level development in this area is still unknown, but it also suggests that high leads elsewhere in the cave deserve close scrutiny.  Holmes Hall also leads to Holmes Grotto - the nicest formations in Webster Cave, including columns, sodastraws, bacon, and beautiful white stalagtites.  Currently, about 1000ft has been surveyed in and above the Corkscrew, with numerous leads remaining including the continuation of Holmes Hall itself.  Unfortunately, after the third survey trip, rain caused the sump to close, and it hasn’t been open since.  Bypassing the sump via an in-cave connection or a new entrance is

Chris Anderson at Epitome Lake in Webster Avenue.  Photo: Chris Anderson

Jeff Gillette in Holmes Grotto at the current end of Holmes Avenue (not the actual end)

a current priority for the WCCSG.  Ridgewalking has yielded potential digs, and leads in the cave also need to be pushed.
   Despite the inaccessibility of what will no doubt be several miles of cave beyond the sump, there 

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