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Baltimore-Based caver Dr. Lewis A. Bicking, Jr., was exceptionally bright-some would have said "brilliant." He was valedictorian of his high school class and earned a Ph.D. at a relatively young age. Bicking was a scientist and, in his spare time, he was also a cave explorer. Lew worked and studied in the Biophysics Department at Johns Hopkins University during nearly the entirety of his caving career. Lew was the first caver to consistently, energetically, enthusiastically, and repeatedly unravel some of the mysteries of what is now the world-class Friar's Hole Cave System, West Virginia. Diminutive in physical stature, Bicking seems to have possessed that critical intangible attribute-desire-in generous abundance. Lew's explorations in Friars Hole are legion, and the man himself is an American caving legend.
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A native of Pennsylvania, David W. Hughes began serious cave exploring while an undergraduate at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Over ensuing decades he has pursued various speleological interests in many states, and several foreign countries. Dave works in the general field of semiconductor electronics, including the related intellectual property issues, for a small engineering firm headquartered near Atlanta, Georgia. This is his third book about cave exploration.
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