|Mark Jonard ascends Conley Hole while Andrew Mengele watches. March 2016|
Fog was from a recent rainstorm.
|Andrew Mengele at the entrance, March 2016|
The entrance is 20ft in diameter and has many rig points, all are fairly easy. Pad the lips well, the lower most ledges before the free drop have eaten ropes, including mine. Over any lips one is on the wall for about 30ft before the final 140ft free drop. And this drop is free. Several dozen feet from one wall and a couple hundred feet from the other wall. In the spring and summer following rainstorms a fog layer collects in the middle of the pit and can obscure the floor. On sunny days a beam can shoot all the way to the floor. Formations, some over 100ft tall, have built up on breakdown piles below. When the fog moves in, these formations stick out of the fog giving an unearthy look of islands on an ocean.
|Emily Deaver (left) and Jessi Lowman (right) watch Cassandra Mosley ascend from the pit. March 2017|
Despite a hike of over a mile and half, including a final climb of over 500ft, this pit is a must do for anyone going to south-central Tennessee.