Update: Breakthrough at Hessenhauhöhle
After the breakthrough at Hessenhauhöhle two weekends ago, cavers from Arbeitsgemeinschaft Blaukarst returned this past weekend for a more thorough peek around.
The group of cavers attempted to follow the water southward toward Blautopf, but after 50 meters (164 feet) they were unable to continue because the passage led underwater, though there may yet be a way around it.
Going the opposite direction toward the town of Laichingen, the cavers resorted to using inflatable boats or swimming across deeper areas in the water and were able to successfully penetrate approximately 300 meters (984 feet). It was in a high passageway this direction that they discovered stalactites up to 3 meters (10 feet) wide and 10 meters (33 feet) high.
After this past weekends trips to survey the cave, the total depth of Hessenhauhöhle is now 136 meters (446 feet), with the length now 700 meters (2296 feet). An enormous echo gives hope that the cave will prove to be a large one.
Be sure to check out the link below for a great photo from inside.
Wunderbarer Tropfsteingang an der Nordblau [Südwest Presse]