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In Deep: Bill Steele’s Journey to the Hidden World Beneath Our Feet

  • 06:00 PM

In Deep: Bill Steele’s Journey to the Hidden World Beneath Our Feet

Unlimited Adventure

with Bill Steele

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; program from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Donovan Pavilion | Vail

Bill Steele explores the unexplored: the vast underground reaches of cave systems snaking underground throughout the world. Join Steele on a journey to the dark depths beneath the earth’s surface and discover the fascinating and unique sights found only there while learning more about caves as an important piece of our planet’s puzzle.
Sistema Huautla was discovered by cavers in the mid-1960s. It is the deepest known cave in the Western Hemisphere, located in the remote Sierra Mazateca mountains of southern Mexico. Steele has been participating in and leading expeditions there since the mid-70s, with a total of 23 expeditions to that cave. He organizes and leads annual expeditions in April, the driest month of the year in that part of Mexico, with as many as 40 participants from six countries.
“Caveman” will speak about the 2018 expedition to Sistema Huautla which included significant discoveries and a surprise flood which trapped a team in a deep underground camp for a week. He will also discuss what it takes to organize an international expedition in modern times including team selection, setting objectives, seeking support, dealing with emergencies as they arise and local public relations, which may include sensitivity regarding indigenous spiritual beliefs.
“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.
This program is presented in partnership with the Vail Public Library.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.; program will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude by 7:30 p.m.

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