Defy Death at Glasgow, KY's Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave National Park near Glasgow, KY
Mammoth Cave National Park near Glasgow, KY

Long before James Franco grossed out moviegoers portraying an actual mountaineer's adventure gone wrong in 127 Hours, another real-life explorer found himself between a rock and a hard place with even more gruesome results. In 1925, cave explorer Floyd Collins got trapped 55 feet underground with his leg pinned under a boulder in Sand Cave, located near Mammoth Cave in Glasgow, KY. Attempts to rescue him created a media sensation, but Collins died after about 14 days underground.

Modern-day explorers can crawl, climb and squeeze more safely through the world's longest cave system on a variety of tours. Even the tour for non-death-defyers includes a segment known as "Fat Man's Misery," but thrill-seekers will want to go all out for the Wild Cave Tour, a 5 1/2-mile, "extremely strenuous" trip through the cave system's small passages and openings that are off limits on traditional tour routes.

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