A few months ago I was invited to join a five-person team of explorers and scientists and spend a week camped underground inside arguably the prettiest and most decorated cave ever discovered. For almost twenty years I've dreamed of taking my camera inside Lechuguilla in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. Finally, in January/February this year, I got that chance and now I'm excited to share the photographs with you all.
Finally, after over 8 hours of caving, negotiating all the many squeezes, climbs, traverses, rappels, and lakes, we reached the Big Sky camp in Lechuguilla. Located in the southwestern branch of the cave, close to the Voids and Pearlsian Gulf, this was to be our base for the next week. First things first, we boiled up a pan of water on the stove and made a brew for everyone. Pictured here is Dr. Gina Moseley (@NEGreenland_Caves) enjoying a well deserved mug of tea, after reaching this point deep in the cave and having carried in so much weight in her bag.
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