• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Wind Cave Trip Reports - 1992

January/February 1992

At the beginning of January, the surveyed length of Wind Cave was 64.6 miles. By the end of February, Wind Cave's length was increased to 65.5 miles. The total amount of new survey accumulated during this two month period was 0.9 miles. Approximately 1 mile of previously surveyed passage was inventoried along with the 0.9 miles of inventory accomplished in conjunction with the new survey.

01/04/1992
Jim Nepstad, Mike Wiles and Dave Springhetti
Jim Nepstad, Mike Wiles and Dave Springhetti made a trip out to the Gypsy Road area. They surveyed 524 feet, noting a small room with what seemed to be an abnormally high temperature.

01/10/1992
Rick Bogue, Marc Lamphere, Lon Sharp, Kevin Smith and Dave Anderson
Paha Sapa Grotto members, Rick Bogue, Marc Lamphere, Lon Sharp and Dave Anderson surveyed 190 feet in the YUK survey. Kevin Smith inventoried 15 stations along the Candlelight tour.

Wind Cave Weekend 01/11/1992

Rich Wolfert, Dave Lester, Randy Brown and Bob Stucklen
Rich Wolfert, Dave Lester, Randy Brown and Bob Stucklen surveyed 343.5 feet of new cave in the FT survey. They reported leaving leads and airflow in this area.

Tim Johnson, Christian George, Randy Macan and Eric David
Tim Johnson, Christian George, Randy Macan and Eric David inventoried 24 stations in the BX survey near Deep Confusion.

Jim Clark, Veronica Stahl, Kirk Haley and Jerry Hassemer
Jim Clark, Veronica Stahl, Kirk Haley and Jerry Hassemer surveyed 491 feet in the YG and EE surveys. They surveyed the Flapjack Room, a room with a fairly large aerial extent, but only 2 feet tall!

Jim Wilson, Skip Withrow, Dennis Kendrick and Peter Wilson
Jim Wilson, Skip Withrow, Dennis Kendrick and Peter Wilson surveyed approximately 400 feet in the KPA survey near Mystic Hall.

Clarence Williams and Pat Jablonsky
Clarence Williams and Pat Jablonsky inventoried 18 stations in the Snowdrift Avenue area. While checking a high lead in the upper-middle level of cave, Pat had a handhold break. She fell about 3 feet and hit her jaw on the wall, fracturing her jaw and loosening some teeth. This is another reminder to be careful when climbing in the loose, upper-middle level of cave.

Carl Pagano, Amy Johnson, Tim Moreland, Brian Smith and Jim Myers
Carl Pagano, Amy Johnson, Tim Moreland, Brian Smith and Jim Myers surveyed 165 feet in the PIT survey near Mammoth Canyon.

Robert Phillips, Vern Carlson, Bill Hawn, Murray Vogal and Steve Huck
Robert Phillips, Vern Carlson, Bill Hawn, Murray Vogal and Steve Huck surveyed 580 feet in the MH survey, leaving leads.

Kevin Smith, Steve Smith and Stuart Marlatt
Kevin Smith, Steve Smith and Stuart Marlatt surveyed 288.8 feet of cave in the OFF survey near Selenite Avenue. They also inventoried 21 stations in the OF survey.

Paul Burger, Dawn Reed and Jon Turnbull
Paul Burger, Dawn Reed and Jon Turnbull went out to Gypsy Road to survey. Unable to locate the survey tape left previously, they pushed the LOK survey 200 feet further west.

01/18/1992
Darren Ressler and Michelle Youngquist
On January 18, Darren Ressler and Michelle Youngquist surveyed 221.1 feet in the DM survey near the Citadel.

Wind Cave Weekend 02/08/1992

Skip Withrow, Kevin Reynolds, Steve Posey and Brian Smith
Skip Withrow, Kevin Reynolds, Steve Posey and Brian Smith went out to the Colorado Grotto section and surveyed a connection between two surveys.

Ted Lappin, Vi Allured and Pat Seiser
Ted Lappin, Vi Allured and Pat Seiser surveyed 300 feet in the BED survey, near the north end of Half-Mile Hall.

Robert Phillips, Bill Hawn and Dirk Haley
Robert Phillips, Bill Hawn and Dirk Haley surveyed 174.6 feet in the VC survey near the Rescue Pit.

Doug Kent, Alan Williams, Mike Behn and Ed LaRock
Doug Kent, Alan Williams, Mike Behn and Ed LaRock surveyed 218 feet in the OJ survey near the north end of Half-Mile Hall.

Margo Butner, Nancy Houdeshell and Carol Boyles
Margo Butner, Nancy Houdeshell and Carol Boyles inventoried 22 stations in the NP survey.

Bill Yett, Charles Lawrence and Cam Seibolt
Bill Yett, Charles Lawrence and Cam Seibolt pushed cave near CM23 but were unable to find much cave.

Christian George, Chris Sodergen, Tim Johnson and Doug Hansen
Christian George, Chris Sodergen, Tim Johnson and Doug Hansen inventoried 31 stations in the DD, DF and KD surveys.

Mike Frazier, John Peters-Cambell, Erin Zumpf and Max Mauer
Mike Frazier, John Peters-Cambell, Erin Zumpf and Max Mauer inventoried 33 stations in the SD and RF surveys near the Lakes.

Pat Jablonsky, Frank Leskinen, Clarence Williams and Sandy Kraemer
Pat Jablonsky, Frank Leskinen, Clarence Williams and Sandy Kraemer inventoried 6 stations near Snowdrift Avenue.

Dave Lester, Rich Wolfert, Amy Johnson and Bob Stucklen
Dave Lester, Rich Wolfert, Amy Johnson and Bob Stucklen surveyed 355 feet, continuing the FT survey, leaving leads.

Kevin Smith, Steve Smith and Becky Ward
Kevin Smith, Steve Smith and Becky Ward inventoried 33 stations in the OF and MR surveys near the Master Room.

02/29/1992
Paul Burger, Pat Seiser and Dave Springhetti
Paul Burger, Pat Seiser and Dave Springhetti surveyed 100 feet near Deep Confusion.

March/April 1992

At the beginning of March, the surveyed length of Wind Cave was 65.5 miles. By the end of April, Wind Cave's length was increased to 66.4 miles. The total amount of new survey accumulated during this two month period was 0.9 miles. Approximately 0.25 miles of previously surveyed passage was inventoried along with the 0.9 miles of inventory accomplished in conjunction with the new survey.

Wind Cave Weekend 03/14/1992

Randy Macan, David Coles, Chris Collins, Wes and Max Mazur
Randy Macan, David Coles, Chris Collins, Wes and Max Mazur surveyed 321.7 feet in the DZ and DZA surveys near Jarbidge Pool.

Doug Kent, Barry Berg and Cheryl
Doug Kent, Barry Berg and Cheryl pushed leads off of Martels' Madhouse, surveying 352 feet in the BEB survey.

Carl Pagano, Brian Smith, June Golaz and Tim Moreland
Carl Pagano, Brian Smith, June Golaz and Tim Moreland surveyed 327 feet in the BIG and FX surveys. These surveys are in the Atlas Underground Hempworks area.

Dave Lester, Rich Wolfert, Randy Brown
Dave Lester, Rich Wolfert, Randy Brown and Dave White surveyed 359.7 feet in the FKJ and FB surveys east of the Hempworks area.

Bill Hawn, Steve Huck, Bob Phillips and Murray Vogel
Bill Hawn, Steve Huck, Bob Phillips and Murray Vogel surveyed 244.7 feet in the LP' survey near the Blue Bayou.

James Wilson, Clarence Williams, Frank Leskinen, Pat Jablonsky and Kathy Petty
James Wilson, Clarence Williams, Frank Leskinen, Pat Jablonsky and Kathy Petty surveyed 97 feet in the NS_H survey.

Jim Clark, Kirk Haley, John Peters-Campbell and Ian Peters-Campbell
Jim Clark, Kirk Haley, John Peters-Campbell and Ian Peters-Campbell resurveyed the erroneous RB survey.

Kevin Smith, Steve Smith, Becky Ward and Vern Carlson
Kevin Smith, Steve Smith, Becky Ward and Vern Carlson surveyed 538.1 feet in the GK survey north of the Master Room.

Bob Kobza, Jim Nepstad, Stan Allison and Harry Burgess
Bob Kobza, Jim Nepstad, Stan Allison and Harry Burgess went out to the Southern Comfort Zone to push the maze at the end of Delusions of Grandeur. Continuing the LOL survey, they pushed through the tight maze and into a passage 30 feet tall and 30 to 70 feet wide. Since the cave passed 66 miles while surveying this passage they named it Route 66. Following the air down this passage pushed the cave further south to a small, mazy zone with no easy way on. A total of 1168 feet of cave was surveyed.

Wind Cave Weekend 04/11/1992

Bill Hawn, Murray Vogel and Eric Dutton
Bill Hawn, Murray Vogel and Eric Dutton inventoried an impressive amount in the SB survey, 46 stations from the Magic Hole to the Lunar Tubes.

Dave Lester, Rich Wolfert, Brian Smith and Bob Stucklen
Dave Lester, Rich Wolfert, Brian Smith and Bob Stucklen surveyed 659.2 feet in the XI surveys near the Wretched Hole.

Becky Ward, David Coles, Max Mazur and Wes Allen
Becky Ward, David Coles, Max Mazur and Wes Allen surveyed 175.8 feet in the NH survey near the Master Room.

Steve Smith, Kevin Smith, Jeff Fowler and James Fair
Steve Smith, Kevin Smith, Jeff Fowler and James Fair surveyed 394 feet off of Christmas Tree Park in the BBA survey.

Pat Seiser, Vi Schweiker and Ted Lappin
Pat Seiser, Vi Schweiker and Ted Lappin resurveyed the XX survey in the Colorado Grotto Zone. They reported airflow and lots of leads.

Jon Hollman, Ryntha Johnson, Aaron Birenboim and Randy Winans
Jon Hollman, Ryntha Johnson, Aaron Birenboim and Randy Winans surveyed 127.5 feet in the XXA survey.

04/27/1992
Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza and Stan Allison
On April 27, 1992 Jim Nepstad located a blowing hole near Cold Brook Canyon. This hole may be related to Wind Cave as it breathes in accordance with the Wind Cave winds. Its location along the contact of the Minnelusa and Paha Sapa formations if also promising as that is where both the Snake Pit and Blowhole entrances are located. Bob Kobza and Stan Allison returned with Jim only to find that the hole is home to a 50 foot long, vicious, rattlesnake (well at least that's what it looked like to me!).

May/June 1992

At the beginning of May, the surveyed length of Wind Cave was 66.4 miles. By the end of June Wind Cave's length was increased to 67.5 miles. The total amount of new survey accumulated during this two month period was 1.2 miles. One survey was eliminated from the cave, as it had a 10% loop closure error; this resulted in a 0.1 mile loss in length. Approximately 0.38 miles of previously surveyed passage was inventoried along with the 1.2 miles of inventory accomplished in conjunction with the new survey.

05/02/1992

Paul Burger, Stan Allison, Myk Coughlyn and Mike Wiles
Paul Burger, Stan Allison, Myk Coughlyn and Mike Wiles made a trip to the far end of the Southern Comfort zone near Route 66. After mopping up a few leads, Paul led them into a mazy, walking section of cave called Toon Town. Total survey was 1189 feet in the LLB, LDL and LWD surveys. In addition, the cave was pushed approximately 350 feet further south.

John Scheltens, Andy Flurky, Ed LaRock and Mike Behn
John Scheltens, Andy Flurky, Ed LaRock and Mike Behn surveyed 536 feet of cave in the BT area. They reported that the area had beautiful aragonite and flowstone.

Wind Cave Weekend 05/09/1992

Margo Butner and Nancy Houdeshell
Margo Butner and Nancy Houdeshell inventoried 11 stations in the UQ survey off of the Model Room.

Steve Smith, Kevin Smith and Robert Phillips
Steve Smith, Kevin Smith and Robert Phillips surveyed 212.5 feet in the BBAA survey near Christmas Tree Park.

Bob Kobza, Stan Allison and Paul Burger
Bob Kobza, Stan Allison and Paul Burger surveyed 1263 feet in the LOS, LTG and LTO surveys off of Gypsy Road. One passage they surveyed, Barnacle Straights, had calcite coating on the wall similar to Jewel Cave!

Mike Frazier, Martin Smith, Bill Koershner, Win Wright and Carol Boyles
Mike Frazier, Martin Smith, Bill Koershner, Win Wright and Carol Boyles surveyed 321.7 feet in the SEZ and SEY surveys off of the Silent Expressway.

Christian George, Eric Show and Don Denton
Christian George, Eric Show and Don Denton surveyed 420.1 feet into the HH and HI surveys in lower level cave off of the DD survey.

Dave Lester, Bill Yett, Randy Brown and Dawn Reed
Dave Lester, Bill Yett, Randy Brown and Dawn Reed surveyed 187.4 feet in the FTA, FTB and FTC surveys in the Colorado Grotto section.

Max Mazur, Randy Macan, David Coles, John Williams and Becky Ward
Max Mazur, Randy Macan, David Coles, John Williams and Becky Ward surveyed 427.5 feet of lower level cave in the DZB, DZ and DY surveys.

Jon Hollman, Shane Zumpf and Al Pangburn
Jon Hollman, Shane Zumpf and Al Pangburn surveyed 246.5 feet in the XXA and XXB surveys off the XX survey in the Colorado Grotto Zone.

05/30/1992
Jim Nepstad, Stan Allison, Mike Wiles and Myk Coughlyn
Jim Nepstad, Stan Allison, Mike Wiles and Myk Coughlyn surveyed 1063.8 feet of cave in the Route 66 area. Survey designations from this trip were LDL3, LDL10, LLL, LOL62 and KIK51B. Most of their time was spent pushing in the Toon Town area attempting to follow the air. The air was left going into a mazy area, but they managed to push the cave 100 feet further south.

Wind Cave Weekend 06/13/1992

Dan Hansen, Rich Wolfert, Pat Seiser, Steve Mosberg and Steve Parks
Dan Hansen, Rich Wolfert, Pat Seiser, Steve Mosberg and Steve Parks surveyed 216.5 feet in the DR survey near the Xerox Room.

Nancy Houdeshell and Tim Moreland
Nancy Houdeshell and Tim Moreland inventoried 20 stations in the UQ survey.

John Hollman, John Mitchell and Randy Brown
John Hollman, John Mitchell and Randy Brown surveyed 242.9 feet in the FSH, SVP and SCP surveys in the SH area of tight North Zone.

Bill Hawn, Bob Phillips, Jurray Vogel, Steve Huck and James Fair
Bill Hawn, Bob Phillips, Jurray Vogel, Steve Huck and James Fair inventoried 6 stations along the travel corridor in the Elephant Trunk area.

Kevin Smith, Steve Smith and Becky Ward
Kevin Smith, Steve Smith and Becky Ward surveyed 190.9 feet in the DIE survey heading south from the Master Room. They also inventoried 23 stations of the OF survey.

06/18/1992
Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, Stan Allison and Paul Wightman
Two radio location trips were done in June with the help of Paul Wightman's radio expertise. On June 18, Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza and Stan Allison did radio locations at the Pile-Up, Southern Comfort and Blind Faith. All three locations were between 300 and 400 feet deep.

06/24/1992
Mike Paulick (Binky), Bob Kobza and Stan Allison
Mike Paulick (Binky), Bob Kobza and Stan Allison did a radio location at the Root Cellar in the North Zone. This room proved to be only 18 feet beneath the survey, and rock pounding could be heard between the surface and the cave!

July/August 1992

At the beginning of July, the surveyed length of Wind Cave was 67.5 miles. By the end of August, Wind Cave's length was increased to 68.3 miles. The total amount of new survey accumulated during this two month period was 0.8 miles. Approximately 0.18 miles of previously surveyed passage was inventoried along with the 0.8 miles of inventory accomplished in conjunction with the new survey.

Wind Cave Weekend 07/11/1992

Bill Hawn, Bob Phillips and Steve Smith
Bill Hawn, Bob Phillips and Steve Smith inventoried 37 stations in the Silent Expressway, along the SE survey.

Kirth Haley, Randy Winans, David Wright and Eric Simonds
Kirth Haley, Randy Winans, David Wright and Eric Simonds surveyed 105.5 feet in the PE survey. This area is located off of the PD survey.

Dave Lester, Kevin Smith, Becky Ward, Steve Lester and Linda Gentitle
Dave Lester, Kevin Smith, Becky Ward, Steve Lester and Linda Gentitle surveyed 203.3 feet in the LG survey in the Windy City Lake area. They also inventoried 6 stations along the L* survey.

Jim Wilson, Bill Yett, Aaron Birenboim and Dina Venezky
Jim Wilson, Bill Yett, Aaron Birenboim and Dina Venezky surveyed 601 feet in the JX survey. They discovered a large room with a very low ceiling.

Vi Schweiker, Ted Lappin and Rod Horrocks
Vi Schweiker, Ted Lappin and Rod Horrocks surveyed 180 feet in the BEN survey. Airflow was reported going into a dangerous dig in this area located off of Martels' Madhouse.

Dan Hansen, Rich Wolfert, Mike Goar, Doug Kent and Alan Williams
Dan Hansen, Rich Wolfert, Mike Goar, Doug Kent and Alan Williams surveyed 129 feet in the FKJ3 and SKJ1 surveys. They were attempting to push east of the Atlas Underground Hempworks area, but were unable to find much.

Jim Meyers, Jamie Meyers, Brian Raven and Pat Smith
Jim Meyers, Jamie Meyers, Brian Raven and Pat Smith surveyed 192.9 feet in the JBM and BRR surveys. They reported that this area contained extensive frostwork formations.

Stan Allison, Paul Burger and Skip Withrow
Stan Allison, Paul Burger and Skip Withrow surveyed 904.7 feet of upper level cave off of Blind Faith in the LTK survey. Bat scratches were noted along this survey which is over two miles away form the Natural Entrance.

07/15/1992
Art and Peg Palmer, Bob Kobza, Brice Leech and Stan Allison
Art and Peg Palmer, Bob Kobza, Brice Leech and Stan Allison made a trip to photograph and make geologic observations in the recent discoveries of the Southern Comfort Zone.

Wind Cave Weekend 08/08/1992

Due to the conflict with the National Speleological Society convention, few trips occurred.

Bill Hawn, Robert Phillips, Steve Huck and Murray Vogel
Bill Hawn, Robert Phillips, Steve Huck and Murray Vogel found an area with several interesting forms of quartz. They surveyed 266.3 feet of cave finding an easy route into the Toxic Waste area.

Tim Moreland, Ingar Abarzua, Carl Pagano and Bruce Albright
Tim Moreland, Ingar Abarzua, Carl Pagano and Bruce Albright surveyed 95.3 feet in the KCA survey near the Xerox Room.

Bryan Smith, Linda Gentile, Stacy Smyth, Randy Brown and Kim Dreyfuss
Bryan Smith, Linda Gentile, Stacy Smyth, Randy Brown and Kim Dreyfuss surveyed 718 feet in the QP, FO and FU surveys. This area is just off of the Fairgrounds Tour route.

08/11/1992
Smyth, Randy Brown, Mary and Mike Laycock, Linda Gentile and Lisa Engleman
Stacy Smyth, Randy Brown, Mary and Mike Laycock, Linda Gentile and Lisa Engleman survey 500 feet in the FU survey. They found newspapers from the 1890s' as well as other historical items.

08/12/1992
Stacy Smyth and Randy Brown
Stacy Smyth and Randy Brown surveyed 45.1 feet tying in surveys in the FU area.

08/13/1992
Yri Dublyansky, Katalin Takacs Bolner, Sandov Kraus, Wolfgang Dreybrodt, Derek Ford, Susan Fuyedy, Craig Malis, John Scheltens and Marc Lamphere
Several visiting cave scientists made a trip down to the Lakes. Yri Dublyansky from Siberia, Katalin Takacs Bolner and Sandov Kraus from Hungaria, Wolfgang Dreybrodt from Germany, Derek Ford, Susan Fuyedy and Craig Malis form Canada all are involved in the study of hydro-thermal cave formation. John Scheltens and Marc Lamphere led this trip.

08/28/1992
Linda Gentile and Linda Chandler
Linda Gentile and Linda Chandler surveyed 141.6 feet in the NB survey. They report there is more to survey in this area.

08/31/1992
Stacy Smyth, Keri Yankus and Darryl Maleike
Stacy Smyth, Keri Yankus and Darryl Maleike surveyed 80 feet in the PO survey off of the Dreamland area.

September/October 1992

At the beginning of September, the surveyed length of Wind Cave was 68.3 miles. By the end of October, Wind Cave's length was increased to 69.6 miles. The total amount of new survey accumulated during this two month period was 1.3 miles. Approximately 0.6 miles of previously surveyed passage was inventoried along with the 1.3 miles of inventory accomplished in conjunction with the new survey.

09/05/1992
Stacy Smyth, Nate Fairchild and Meg Lamm
Stacy Smyth, Nate Fairchild and Meg Lamm did an after work trip to the Dreamland area. They surveyed 130 feet in the Dreamland area. On another evening trip Stacy Smyth, Nate Fairchild and Diana Wiggan surveyed an additional 114 feet in the PO survey. This survey has not been entered as there are loop closure problems in this section of cave.

Wind Cave Weekend 09/12/1992

Dave Lester, Randy Brown, Steve Lester and Kirk Haley
Dave Lester, Randy Brown, Steve Lester and Kirk Haley surveyed 397.9 feet in the PM survey off of Snowdrift Avenue. "Extremely nice aragonite formations" were found in this area.

Alaric Strauss, John Mitchell, Christian George, Bruce Albright and John Miller
Alaric Strauss, John Mitchell, Christian George, Bruce Albright and John Miller inventoried 61 stations along the B survey. This is the Snake Pit Entrance 800 foot long belly crawl.

Bryan Smith, Dan Hansen and Norm Thompson Bryan Smith, Dan Hansen and Norm Thompson surveyed 211 feet in the XC' and CB surveys in the Colorado Grotto Zone.

Jim Clark, Veronica Stahl and Bill Yett
Jim Clark, Veronica Stahl and Bill Yett inventoried 21 stations along the KK survey in Half-Mile Hall.

Kevin Smith, Becky Ward and Tim Moreland
Kevin Smith, Becky Ward and Tim Moreland inventoried 41 stations along the FC, NO and TL surveys in the Land of 10,000 Lakes area.

Robert Phillips, Murray Vogal, Bill Hawn and Steve Smith
Robert Phillips, Murray Vogal, Bill Hawn and Steve Smith found an area with multi-colored crystals in their CWS survey. They surveyed 431.7 feet in this area above the Wind Gate.

Aaron Birenboim, Rich Wolfert and June Golaz
Aaron Birenboim, Rich Wolfert and June Golaz spent time pushing beyond the Wind Tunnel, looking for a connection to the North Zone. Nothing of note was found, but 37.9 feet were surveyed in the NWU survey.

Paul Burger, Harry Burgess, Dave Springhetti and Stan Allison
Paul Burger, Harry Burgess, Dave Springhetti and Stan Allison surveyed 936 feet in the LRUD and LO surveys off of Toon Town. Harry found a wonderful 10 foot wide, 8-9 inch high, 70 foot long crawlway. Named Pervert Alley, this sharp crawl led south to Vega, a good sized room under Highway 385. Vega contains nice calcite rafts, and is the southernmost point in Wind Cave.

Wind Cave Weekend 10/09-10/1992

Bill Hawn, Steve Huck and Murray Vogel
Bill Hawn, Steve Huck and Murray Vogel surveyed 53 feet in the TD survey. An interesting historical resource was found in this survey, a 1937 silver dime! They estimated that another 200 feet of survey could be done in this area right off of the Fairgrounds Tour.

Dave Lester, Melissa Lester, Randy Brown and Steve Lester
Dave Lester, Melissa Lester, Randy Brown and Steve Lester surveyed 339.8 feet in the CAA and CM' surveys. They reported this area off of Snowdrift Avenue as promising, and containing bat scratches.

Robert Phillips, Jan Prendergast, Steve Huck and Murray Vogel
Robert Phillips, Jan Prendergast, Steve Huck and Murray Vogel, surveyed 203 feet, continuing the VA survey south of the Frostline.

Christian George, Tim Johnson and Chris Sodergen
Christian George, Tim Johnson and Chris Sodergen went to inventory an area that they had previously surveyed in the DF area. They inventoried 16 stations.

Steve Smith, Kevin Smith and Bill Hawn
Steve Smith, Kevin Smith and Bill Hawn surveyed 166.4 feet in the UO survey. They were looking for a connection between the Janine's Pitfall area and the Methodist Church area, but did not have any luck.

Dough Kent, John Lane, John Pollack and Tom Volkers
Dough Kent, John Lane, John Pollack and Tom Volkers went to an area north-west of the Figure 8 Room. They surveyed 177 feet in the ZZA survey and reported that most things ended in this area.

Bryan Smith, Dan Hansen, Greg Glazner, Dan Wray and Jim Meyers
Bryan Smith, Dan Hansen, Greg Glazner, Dan Wray and Jim Meyers mapped 713 feet in the AO survey. They found many historical items in this area right off of the Fairgrounds Tours Route.

Eric Dutton, Bob Evans, Janet Harms and Sean Durrum
Eric Dutton, Bob Evans, Janet Harms and Sean Durrum surveyed 149.6 feet northwest of the Graveyard in the TS survey.

Myk Coughlin, Mike Wiles, Stan Allison and Paul Burger
Myk Coughlin, Mike Wiles, Stan Allison and Paul Burger surveyed 1179 feet west of Gypsy Road in the LTN4, LOG4 and LTP surveys. One passage they were surveying, the OK Coral, pushed Wind Cave farther west.

10/24/1992
Stan Allison, Harry Burgess, Mike Wiles and Myk Coughlin
Stan Allison, Harry Burgess, Mike Wiles and Myk Coughlin traveled to Vega, the southern-most point of Wind Cave. Pushing east, they pooped through a tight Crawl (named Eughx!), that led to Cosmos. Cosmos is an area of square-shaped passages that average 15-20 feet wide and 10-12 feet high. Small pools were found, and walking leads were left going in all four directions. Most importantly, good airflow was observed in this area. 2003 feet was surveyed in LO25-69 before Mike's compass stuck, approximately 1000+ feet of cave was seen but not surveyed. Parts of this new discovery extend under Highway 385.

November/December 1992

At the beginning of November, the surveyed length of Wind Cave was 69.6 miles. By the end of December, Wind Cave's length was increased to 70.8 miles. The total amount of new survey accumulated during this two month period was 1.2 miles. The total amount of new survey done in 1992 was 6.12 miles. 131 stations of previously surveyed passage were inventoried (approximately 0.6 miles). In addition, 1.2 miles of inventory was accomplished in conjunction with new survey. The total amount of old passage inventoried in 1992 was approximately 3.0 miles.

11/07/1992
Jim Nepstad, Paul Burger, Bob Kobza and Stan Allison
Jim Nepstad, Paul Burger, Bob Kobza and Stan Allison surveyed 1574.5 feet in the LO70-78, LO55A-M, LO49A-D, LO51A-D and LO64A-E surveys. Early in the trip a connection was found between Toon Town and Cosmos, this connection saves 15-30 minutes of tight cave. At the end of the trip, Stan found a tight lead going south that lead to walking cave.

Wind Cave Weekend 11/14/1992

Myk Coughlin, Stan Allison and Mike Wiles
Myk Coughlin, Stan Allison and Mike Wiles surveyed 1305 feet in the TM survey and in spurs off of LO36-49. The TM survey went out through the Strait Jacket, the tight crawl pushed the week before. The Strait Jacket led to the Asylum, an area of walking passages. The airflow in the Asylum seemed to be going into breakdown chokes.

Max Mazur, Mike Mazur and Monte Buchanon
Max Mazur, Mike Mazur and Monte Buchanon surveyed 144 feet in the BU14A-D survey.

Skip Withrow, Ed LaRock and Mike Behn
Skip Withrow, Ed LaRock and Mike Behn surveyed 330 feet in the KYG survey. The KYG is north of the Coke Room.

Eric Dutton, Sean Durrum, Bob Evans, June Golaz and Carl Pagano
Eric Dutton, Sean Durrum, Bob Evans, June Golaz and Carl Pagano surveyed 203 feet, continuing their TS survey they started in October. Apparently they pushed all leads in their survey off of the Graveyard area.

Steve Smith, Bill Hawn, Vern Carlson and Steve Lester
Steve Smith, Bill Hawn, Vern Carlson and Steve Lester surveyed 369.4 feet in the VH survey near Janines' Pitfall.

Kevin Smith, Pat Malone and John Mitchell
Kevin Smith, Pat Malone and John Mitchell inventoried 64 stations from Santas' Frosted Forest to the Chimera Room.

John Hollman, Bruce Albright and Phil Molzer
John Hollman, Bruce Albright and Phil Molzer surveyed 181.4 feet in the FSH area.

Dave Lester, Randy Brown and Kirk Haley
Dave Lester, Randy Brown and Kirk Haley surveyed 521.2 feet in the CM'10, CO and UT1 surveys. These surveys are in the Snowdrift Avenue area.

11/22/1992
Carol Boyles
Carol Boyles led a group of Explorer Scouts to do inventory near Snowmans' Heaven. They inventoried 17 stations along the E survey.

Wind Cave Weekend 12/12/1992

Steve Smith, Kevin Smith, Bill Hawn, Robert Phillips, Steve Huck and Steve Lester
Steve Smith, Kevin Smith, Bill Hawn, Robert Phillips, Steve Huck and Steve Lester surveyed 562 feet in the VH4 and AI34 surveys. This is in the Janines' Pitfall area.

Dave Lester, Randy Brown, Kirk Haley and Jim Wilson
Dave Lester, Randy Brown, Kirk Haley and Jim Wilson surveyed 506.9 feet in the UL and UP surveys. Several pits ere found that dropped approximately 30 feet into Snowdrift Avenue.

Rich Wolfert, Bob Stucklen, Clarence Williams and Tim Moreland
Rich Wolfert, Bob Stucklen, Clarence Williams and Tim Moreland surveyed 161.1 feet in the NM25 and NWB surveys, near the Wind Tunnel.

Doug Kent, Sean Durrum and John Lane
Doug Kent, Sean Durrum and John Lane surveyed 317 feet in the OFA survey off f OH55.

Bill Yett, Louise Hose and Carl Pagano
Bill Yett, Louise Hose and Carl Pagano inventoried 50 stations in the AE, CG and UD surveys in the Colorado Grotto Zone. They also worked on checking several surveys determining that the VD survey should be surveyed.

Stan Allison, Myk Coughlin and Mike Wiles
Stan Allison, Myk Coughlin and Mike Wiles surveyed 418.2 feet in the NG survey off of Cosmos. They checked many leads between Cosmos and Gotham City, but could not find anything going.

Did You Know?

fire on the prairie

Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.