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Squeezing through the Airblower
More fun IN the mountains, in this case, squeezing through the dreaded Airblower in Hamilton Cave, WV. It's about 30' long and angled slightly downward. The tightest part is about ten inches wide and triangular in cross-section. THIS is the scariest thing I have ever done. June, 2002.

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Rob AIn case..

Rob A

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...you did not know, YOU ARE FREAKIN NUTS!!!! What awesome picture. Nice P.O.T.H.
Posted Feb 19, 2006 4:47 am

CharlesDRe: In case..

CharlesD

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Yeah, well, you know... The webbing is there to haul Tom out if he got stuck. ;-)
Posted Feb 19, 2006 4:55 pm

gimpilatorClaustrophobia

gimpilator

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That must of been a real adrenaline rush. Pretty far out but I wouldn't do it.
Posted Feb 19, 2006 4:56 am

CharlesDRe: Claustrophobia

CharlesD

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Not so much an adrenaline rush as complete slow terror. That's the thing about caving; it puts you in a position where you simply _have_ to deal and work through the problem. There is no other alternative. A little claustrophobia is a good thing sometimes.
Posted Feb 19, 2006 4:55 pm

hagertyp30 feet!!

hagertyp

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I've done a very short section that was pretty tight, but 30 friggin feet with a 10" squeeze--that's unbelievable!
Posted Feb 19, 2006 5:40 am

CharlesDRe: 30 feet!!

CharlesD

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Yeah, did I mention it was slightly uphill on the way back? That's the problem, once you get through, you have to get through _again_. I no longer go through squeezes where you have to exhale all the way to fit the tightest parts.
Posted Feb 19, 2006 5:06 pm

tjarvelayes!

tjarvela

Voted 10/10

That's the stuff i love! I worked at Wind Cave National park for two years and found some nice tight stuff.
Posted Feb 19, 2006 6:53 am

CharlesDRe: yes!

CharlesD

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Actually, that's the stuff I hate! When it comes to caving, I'm definitely a monkey-boy, not a squeeze freak or mud puppy (previous photos of mine notwithstanding). Haven't done any caving recently, but for a long time it was my life.
Posted Feb 19, 2006 4:53 pm

ChrisYou are nuts.

Chris

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No way in hell would I try that (nor would I fit!). Very cool though.
Posted Feb 19, 2006 10:21 pm

tphubbardSick

tphubbard

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makes me feel sick and panicked just looking at it!
Posted Nov 13, 2006 2:00 pm

DustianoSo...

Dustiano

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...imagine being the first one ever having done it here - not knowing if you'd get stuck or be able to turn around...
Posted Nov 13, 2006 3:20 pm

CharlesDRe: So...

CharlesD

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Well, it's a little less unbelievable knowing the first guy who did it. He's about 110# soaking wet and could probably go through that thing on hands and knees! He's also certifiably nuts... definite a plus in cavers ;-)
Posted Nov 14, 2006 8:20 pm

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