Meet Bill Steele in San Antonio

Bill Steele - Modern Explorer

photo courtesy of Bill Steele

Into the Deep at Sistema Huautla 2015 with Bill Steele

Tuesday June 16th Dallas Mockingbird at 7 pm ~ cancelled

Thursday June 18th San Antonio Quarry Market at 7 pm

Bill Steele is a genuine explorer. He truly goes where no one has gone before – into unexplored caves deep within the Earth. He’s co-leader of Proyecto Espeleológico de Sistema Huautla or PESH, a ten year project to map and explore the largest cave system in the Western Hemisphere, Sistema Huautla. The 2015 expedition ended in May, and Steele will be coming to the Mockingbird Dallas and San Antonio Whole Earth stores to share stories and spectacular photos from this year’s campaign.

First explored in the 1960s, Sistema Huautla is now known to have 22 entrances and over 40 miles of interconnecting passageways reaching a depth of 5,069 feet. This year’s expedition pushed into unexplored portions of the cave system, hoping to add to its record depth. But there was more to the expedition than the quest for new records. PESH has undertaken the ten year program of exploration to expand and refine the map of Sistema Huautla as well as study the geology, hydrology, archaeology and paleontology of the caverns and the biology of creatures and organisms living deep within the earth. This year Steele brought a group of outstanding photographers with him into the caves and their photos reveal a stunningly beautiful world hidden away in the depths of the Earth.

Just before he left for this year’s expedition, Bill Steele sat down with Whole Earth’s Reid Kinslow for a conversation on Steele’s career as a caver and a preview of this year’s campaign. We hope you’ll enjoy the interview and then come to Steele’s Huautla 2015 presentation at our Mockingbird or San Antonio stores. It’s a rare opportunity to meet a true explorer.

Read more about the 2015 Huautla expedition here