Caves of Washington

Caves of Washington

Book - 1963
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Publisher: Olympia : State Print. Plant, 1963
Branch Call Number: R551.44 HAL
Characteristics: xiv, 132 p. : illus., maps (7 fold. in pocket) ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Washington (State)

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Weyes2Wonder
Aug 05, 2017

Two weeks ago (from the above date) I posted what I thought was an informative comment here. However, I believe the insight I offered about the book's history, may have prompted a more controlled access to its content. (?) It is now changed to an "in-Library use only" availability status .....and my previous comment & rating were purged from this page.
I complimented the author's State-wide comprehensiveness and cautioned readers about what to expect of the now 54 year-old Cave location descriptions. Many of them are no longer valid. I'm familiar with several Cave approaches that as written in the book, no longer exist. There wasn't even a trace of the old roads that were originally noted.
I suggested the technique I used to locate the now "lost" Caves, by roughly triangulating the book's listed descriptions onto a topographic map, then orienteering an overland route to the vicinity of their entrances. Then it's just a matter of a local hunt for the applicable Geological features.
Please, this is only for those experienced in wilderness travel by map & compass...and especially concerning the entire book....only for those well-experienced in Spelunking!
Cave exploring can be extremely claustrophobic and...deadly....in so many unexpected ways, I can't list them all. Perhaps that's why this book was banned from any further editions, after its initial publishing?
Though woefully outdated, "Caves of Washington" is still the only "guide" of its kind.
(Oops! Did I write that out loud?)

UPDATE (Sept. 15)-This book's availability is now back to a regular-loan status!
And go figure? My above comment is still here too!

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