Jewel Cave Explorer Herb Conn Dies at 91

The Jewel Cave Adventure: Fifty Miles of DiscoveryCavers are mourning the loss of iconic adventurer Herb Conn, who died this past Wednesday, February 1st at the age of 91.

Together with his wife Jan, Herb was heavily involved in the exploration of Jewel Cave throughout the 1960’s and 70’s. As a testament, the pair are attributed with discovering and surveying over 100 kilometers (62.36 miles) of passage.

In addition to discovering and helping to plan the popular Scenic Tour route, Herb was also involved with its construction, installing the electric light system.

In 1977, the Conn’s co-authored a book on their experiences at the cave. Entitled ‘The Jewel Cave Adventure: Fifty Mile of Discovery Under South Dakota‘, the book has become a classic.

Although retired from caving since the 1980’s Herb and Jan continued to be active in the local area, still giving talks about their experiences as recently as a few years ago.

With Jewel Cave recently reaching 256.27 kilometers (159.24 miles) his legacy continues.

Herbert William Conn & Jewel Cave pioneer Herb Conn dies [Rapid City Journal]

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