By Dwight Livingston & Mark Minton

During a 2019 survey expedition in the Mystery Room section of Carlsbad Caverns, a team noted a couple of technical leads above the Mabels Room drop, measured nearby ceiling windows topping out well over a hundred feet high, and figured these might all connect. In March 2020, an expedition pushed these leads; made the hoped-for connections; surveyed nearly 900 feet of ledges, domes, and passages; and reached 192 feet above their starting point on the Mystery Room floor. Using Olympus TG and Zebralight photography, the team captured the sights along Calla Lily Ledge, up Saints Garden, out High Adventure, and into the Sharps Container, all of them decorated in the abundance one expects in Carlsbad.

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