28 minutes. Produced in 2006.
Grand Caverns in Grottoes, Virginia was discovered by Bernard Weyer in 1804. Because of its beauty and many unusual shield formations, Grand was one of the first caves to be commercialized in the United States. As of 2003, there were 3800 feet of surveyed passage, most of it on the commercial trail.
In the spring of 2004 a new section of Grand Caverns, all virgin, was discovered by VAR cavers while mopping up the resurvey of the commercial cave. By the end of 2005, an additional 2.8 miles of virgin passage was added to the length of the cave bringing Grand Caverns to a total of 3.82 miles long.
This program is about the discoveries that were made in the past 2 years, the challenges that confronted the cavers as they probed and mapped the new areas of the cave, and the fantastic formations that were found around every corner. Because of the fragile nature of the new discovery, and the difficulty in reaching it, many cavers, and especially the public, will never see these beautifully decorated rooms and passages in person. This program will attempt to show what lies beyond the "tight crawl" and small squeezes, and let viewers appreciate the wonders and beauty of the 'other' Grand Caverns.