HOWES CAVE, N.Y. (AP) - Cave explorers from three Northeast states are getting the opportunity to map and photograph rarely seen underground passages in upstate New York.
Organizers of Saturday's event at Howe Caverns in Schoharie County tell the Daily Gazette of Schenectady that 20 expert cavers from New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey have paid $100 each to explore parts of the massive cave system that aren't open to the public for tours.
The proceeds will be donated to local food relief efforts. Parts of the rural county located 30 miles southwest of Albany were devastated by flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene last August.
The cavers plan to explore what's known as the Mystery Passage, a section of the cave system known to have been explored only a half-dozen times.
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