Two South Dakotans reclaim caving world record

Dominik Dausch Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Two long-time South Dakota caving enthusiasts reclaimed a world record they set years ago.

Adam Weaver and Rene Ohms, who live in the Rapid City area, are again the record-holders for longest length of cave traveled in a single trip.

It’s not a Guinness record, but the feat has been verified by the National Speleological Society, a cave exploration organization formed in 1941, according to Nick Anderson, the group’s internal organizations co-chair.

The pair joined Coloradan caver Derek Wolfe and New Mexican geomorphologist Garrett Jorgenson on a 13-mile expedition at Fort Stanton Cave, the 10th-longest cave in the U.S. The cave is in Lincoln County, New Mexico. Snowy River, a formation inside of the cave, is the longest in the world.

Weaver, who is also operations manager for the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, said the group spent 60 hours underground between July 1 and 3.

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He explained that the record is actually broken into two different metrics: miles surveyed and miles traveled. Cavers routinely use laser equipment to survey and map their route through a cave. The equipment measures and details the

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