Paperback. Stephen Reames, Lawrence Fish, Paul Burger, Patricia Kambesis. 1999. 16 color, 52 b/w photos, 16 maps. 381 pp. 61/2 x 91/2 In 1986, a devoted group of explorers dug through the floor of a small cave in the New Mexico desert to discover one of the most spectacular caves in the world. Lechuguilla Cave quickly gained national attention for its stunningly beautiful passages, deep pits, and scientific wonders. This is the story of discovery, danger, and adventure, and of the cavers who explored the cave. It is also a story of politics, conflicts, and intrigues as various individuals vied to control the exploration. In the midst of all this, a falling boul- der broke the leg of an explorer while she was over a mile underground. More than a hundred cavers cooperated to complete four days of stretcher-transport through narrow crawlways and up immense pits to remove her from the cave. Here, for the first time, is the complete story of the trials and triumphs of the Lechuguilla Cave explorers.