• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Fourteeners Discovery

Tim Moreland on a survey trip in the Fourteeners area.

Tim Moreland on a survey trip in the Fourteeners area.

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1st Trip: On 1/12/08, Jim Wilson led Howard Bartlett, Tim Moreland, & Skip Withrow on a survey trip to the PC survey in the Club Room Section where they discovered the Fourteeners area.

Trip Report: We were heading to the PC survey just past the Woodpile when we found a small hole at SL5 that was not marked as a lead on the map. It kept us busy all day. The survey was in small, gnarly, virgin passages until the end of the day when it opened into a large room with several leads. We named it the Fourteeners, after the 14,000+ peaks in Colorado. We climbed down a deep pit in the floor to SCB5 and DK43A. The lead we climbed out of in the ceiling was totally unobvious from below. We surveyed 530 feet for the day's effort and many leads remain up high.

2nd Trip: On 2/9/08, Jim Wilson led Howard Bartlett, Tim Moreland, & Skip Withrow on a survey trip back to the Fourteeners area.

Trip Report: Returned to the QJ survey via the Boxwork Chimney and the SCB survey. The climb up into this area is exposed. We named the fissure pit connection the Coulair. The Founteeners is located between the Lower Level and the Middle Levels. We surveyed all leads out of the large room we found last time- all dead-ended. We surveyed 837 feet for the day, bringing the two trip total for this area to 1,267 feet.

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