“Caveman” Bill Steele’s earliest memory in life is of the first cave he went into at age four. His family’s lore says he never let it go, that he’s always been driven to see another cave, to go where no human has gone before; he’s done a lot of that.
Steele has explored more than 2,700 caves and has taken more than 10,000 trips underground. He’s well known around the world by others with like interest. He’s written two books, “Yochib: The River Cave” and “Huautla: Thirty Years in One of the World’s Deepest Caves” and many magazine articles, chapters for books and journal articles. He speaks regularly on cruise ships around the world, is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and received the Citation of Merit from The Explorers Club, of which he is a Fellow Emeritus member.
Steele has explored caves in 21 states of the USA, in several areas of Mexico, in Belize and China. Besides Sistema Huautla in Mexico, he is currently leading the continuing exploration of the longest caves in Texas and participates annually in the long-term exploration of Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, the longest cave in the world at 413 miles long and counting.