FV| KNOX CAVE / TOWN OF KNOX, ALTAMONT, NEW YORK
FV| END OF GULCH CAVE / DRY GULCH CAVE, FEURA BUSH, NEW YORK
FV| EAGLE CAVE, CHIMNEY MOUNTAIN, INDIAN LAKE, NEW YORK
FV| BEARS (PORCUPINE) DEN, NORTH OF STEPHENSTOWN, NEW YORK
FV| MONK-MADE / CALENDAR II / STONE CHAMBERS OF THE NORTHEAST
"Yeah, it’s sensory deprivation is what it is. Imagine going into a world that consists nothing but blacks and browns and some occasional tans and maybe, if you’re really lucky, you know, a dash of white here and there by, you know, calcite in a vein of a rock or something like that. So it’s monotonous color accompanied by the low rumble or hiss of water. Ubiquitous, it’s just kind of rattling around sonically through all these chambers, because the river is always there. You can be a level or two above it or you can be right into it. If you’re into it, it’s loud.
It’s loud enough that it’s shaking the walls as if you were standing beside a locomotive. You can physically feel the acoustic, you know, resonates. And so the longer you spend down there, the more you get acclimated to that sensory deprived environment, such that when you come back to the surface, there’s a period of about 15 to 20 minutes where you’re in sensory overload. Colors that are hot colors just leap out, almost in 3D. You can hear things like buzzing insects from farther away. And the other thing is you can usually smell the entrance from within anywhere from 500 meters to 800 meters inside, just because the wind is carrying that subtle scent down into the cave. It’s this heightened state of sense until you reach the point of saturation." - Bill Stone, Cave Explorer