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    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Wind Cave Trip Reports - 1995

January/February 1995

At the beginning of January, the surveyed length of Wind Cave was 76.1 miles. By the end of February, Wind Cave's length was increased to 76.3 miles. The total amount of new survey accumulated during this two month period was 0.2 miles. A total of 1.6 miles of previously surveyed cave was inventoried. In addition 0.2 miles was inventoried in conjunction with the new survey.

Wind Cave Weekend 01/14/1995

Jim Nepstad, Bob Kobza, and Mike Paulick
Jim Nepstad led Bob Kobza and Mike Paulick out to the Elephant Trunk area. They found a connection between the BW and the BX surveys. Later they surveyed part of a route that connects from the Elephant Trunk to the Museum. This route was originally discovered in 1992. It is a more difficult alternative to the Magic Hole/Pasta Pulverizer route. Their BXX survey added 303 feet.

Rich Wolfert, Bob Stucklen, Stu Marlatt, and Jim Gaiser
Rich Wolfert led Bob Stucklen, Stu Marlatt, and Jim Gaiser out to the Colorado Grotto Zone. They surveyed 75 feet in the CSB survey near Independence Hall.

Jim Wilson, Clarence Williams, Eric Dutton, and Skip Withrow
Jim Wilson led Clarence Williams, Eric Dutton, and Skip Withrow out to the Titanic Room area. They inventoried stations BY1-28.

Doug Kent, Evan Anderson, Lee Blazek, and Steve Lester
Doug Kent led Evan Anderson, Lee Blazek, and Steve Lester to the New Lakes area where they surveyed 89 feet in the WZ117 survey. In addition they inventoried 27 stations in the WZ survey, completing the inventory of everything on the far side of Windy City lake.

Stan Allison, Paul Burger, and Myk Coughlin
Stan Allison led Paul Burger and Myk Coughlin to the lead that Mike Wiles had found in Blind Faith during an October 1994 trip. They surveyed 697 feet of cave in the LTQ survey. This area has some nice flowstone and small calcite raft line pools. They ended up connecting to the PH survey by finding a water bottle that Stan had lost down a fissure there in 1991!

Steve Smith, Robert Phillips, Mark McVey, and Kim Rowland
Steve Smith led Robert Phillips, Mark McVey and Kim Rowland to the Happy Route, which in reality is a tight crawly, unhappy area. They inventoried a record 127 stations! Most of their inventory was done in the WQ survey, with some in the KY survey.

Sandy Kraemer and Kathy Petty
Sandy Kraemer and Kathy Petty inventoried 30 stations in the NM, UG, and UGA surveys.

Tim Moreland, Dan Hansen, Dennis Laird, and Rene Singer
Tim Moreland led Dan Hansen, Dennis Laird, and Rene Singer to the Cheese Factory where they inventoried 31 stations in the KY survey.

Wind Cave Weekend 02/11/1995

Wind Cave weekend was not very well attended due to a snowstorm in Colorado that prevented many of the cavers from making the trip.

Steve Smith, Kevin Smith, Evan Anderson, and Dennis Laird
Steve Smith led Kevin Smith, Evan Anderson, and Dennis Laird to the Land of Oz where they inventoried 78 stations in the OZ survey and checked the area thoroughly for leads finding none.

02/24/1995

After the trip leader training session on February 24, two short trips were taken into the cave. Jim Wilson and Skip Withrow went out to the Club Room to remove survey tags left from a re-sketch of the room. Kathy Petty led Sandy Kraemer and Kirk Haley on an inventory trip to the UG survey where they inventoried 11 stations.

March/April 1995

At the beginning of March, the surveyed length of Wind Cave was 76.3 miles. By the end of April, Wind Cave's length was increased to 76.5 miles. The total amount of new survey accumulated during this two month period was 0.2 miles. A total of 0.7 miles of previously surveyed cave was inventoried. In addition 0.2 miles was inventoried in conjunction with the new survey.

Wind Cave Weekend 03/11/1995

Dave Lester, Louise Hose, and John Peters-Campbell
Dave Lester led Louise Hose, and John Peters-Campbell out to the Archimedes Pool area. They surveyed 247 feet off of KY258, GR58, and KYD3.

Paul Burger, Cori Gianuzzi, Evan Anderson, and Steve Lester
Paul Burger led Cori Gianuzzi, Evan Anderson, and Steve Lester to Delusions of Grandeur. They surveyed 341 feet in an area near the Thigh Master. Most of the survey was in crawling cave, but they left several leads going.

Jim Clark, Veronica Stahl, Bruce Albright, and Damian Invereigh
Jim Clark led Veronica Stahl, Bruce Albright, and Damian Invereigh to the Western Fringe Zone. They surveyed 164 feet in the WFV and WFU surveys.

Myk Coughlin, George Fredericks, and Eric Miles
Myk Coughlin, George Fredericks, and Eric Miles inventoried 48 stations in the SZ survey in the Half-Mile Hall Zone.

Sandy Kraemer, Kathy Petty, and Mita Das
Sandy Kraemer led Kathy Petty, and Mita Das to the UF9-24 area where they inventoried 16 stations. They noted some historic signatures from Alvin and Elmer McDonald, as well as John Stabler.

Steve Smith and Robert Phillips
Steve Smith and Robert Phillips did some maintenance on the yellow/black tape trail between the Post Office and Rainbow Falls.

Rich Wolfert, Dan Hansen, Mike Zawada, Ed Clarson
Rich Wolfert led Dan Hansen, Mike Zawada and Ed Clarkson out past the Wind Tunnel where they surveyed 216 feet in the NWA4 and NWA5 surveys.

Skip Withrow, Jim Wilson, Paul Fowler, and Frank Leskinen
Skip Withrow, Jim Wilson, Paul Fowler and Frank Leskinen surveyed 264 feet from BY11. This route involved a short, roped drop.

Stan Allison, Barry Brown, Steve Baldwin, and Cory Baldwin
Stan Allison led Barry Brown, Steve Baldwin and Cory Baldwin to NB40 where they surveyed 139 feet in upper level cave.

03/25/1995
Myk Coughlin, Marc Ohms, and Greg Hanson
Myk Coughlin led Marc Ohms and Greg Hanson on a trip where they make a large loop. They traveled up Half-Mile Hall to Andy's Ice Box where they inventoried 44 stations in the BX survey arriving at the Elephant Trunk. They then followed the green tape trail back, completing their loop at Half-Mile Hall.

Wind Cave Weekend 04/08/1995

Tim Moreland, Ingar Abarzua, Bruce Albright, Dennis Laird
Tim Moreland led Ingar Abarzua, Bruce Albright, and Dennis Laird out to the KIL survey where they surveyed 193 feet in the KIL20-25 and KID1-11 surveys. At KIL23 they found some new helictite bushes! These bushes are within several hundred feet of the previously known Bush Gardens and Bushed helictite sites and are in the same line that all but one of the known bush sites are located along.

Rich Wolfert, June Golaz, Bob Stucklen,and Dan Hansen
Rich Wolfert, June Golaz, Bob Stucklen and Dan Hansen surveyed 132 feet in the UYA survey off of the Bachelors' Quarters. They noticed interesting non-limestone stream cobbles in their survey Sandy Kraemer and Kathy Petty inventoried 26 stations in the UF25-26 and F'1-9 surveys. These are located in the Historic Zone.

May/June 1995

At the beginning of May, the surveyed length of Wind Cave was 76.5 miles. By the end of June, Wind Cave's length was increased to 76.85 miles. The total amount of new survey accumulated during this two month period was 0.35 miles. A total of 0.6 miles of previously surveyed cave was inventoried. In addition 0.35 miles was inventoried in conjunction with the new survey.

Wind Cave Weekend 05/13/1995

Sandy Kraemer, Jamie Sherer, Keen Butterworth, and Steve Petruniak
Sandy Kraemer led Jamie Sherer, Keen Butterworth and Steve Petruniak out to the NY, NM and NN surveys where they inventoried 50 stations of previously surveyed cave in the Historic Zone.

Ed LaRock, Rene Singer, Andy Flurkey, and Dan Hansen
Ed LaRock led Rene Singer, Andy Flurkey and Dan Hansen to the UK survey north of the Elbow Room. They surveyed 516 feet of mostly walking cave in the UKA survey. One of the rooms they discovered was 100 feet long and 25-35 feet wide, with ceiling heights averaging 10 feet. Another room they found called Sculpture Gardens contained clean thin-bedded limestone bedrock in interesting shapes.

Myk Coughlin, Virgil Armajo,and Cori Gianuzzi
Myk Coughlin led Virgil Armajo and Cori Gianuzzi to the YT survey near the Club Room where they inventoried 39 stations of cave.

Paul Burger, Steve Lester, Bruce Albright, and Dennis Laird
Paul Burger led Steve Lester, Bruce Albright and Dennis Laird out to the Lunatic Fringe where they surveyed 320 feet of cave in the WFH and WFJ surveys.

Wind Cave Weekend 06/10/1995

Tim Moreland, Ingar Abarzua, and Dennis Laird
Tim Moreland led Ingar Abarzua and Dennis Laird to BBB4 near the Club Room where they surveyed 521 feet in the BBD survey.

Doug Kent, Rene Singer, and Amy Bernard
Doug Kent led Rene Singer and Amy Bernard to the H survey in the Historic Zone. They surveyed 281 feet in the HB survey finding a waterfall dropping approximately 10 gallons per minute at HB13. This waterfall is probably due to the extremely wet spring this year.

Steve Smith, Robert Phillips, and Ed O'Connor
Steve Smith led Robert Phillips and Ed O'Connor out to Deep Confusion where they inventoried 19 stations from BX159 to BX177. At BX164 they found a dome that has surveyable passage.

Paul Burger, Evan Anderson, Cori Gianuzzi, and Steve Lester
Paul Burger, Evan Anderson, Cori Gianuzzi and Steve Lester pushed the lead going north near the Snake Pit. They noted that approximately one-third of the air going into the Snake Pit Entrance seemed to be going up the north lead. Cori being the smallest member of the trip, managed to push the crawl to the point where it became breakdown choked with air going into the breakdown.

Jim Wilson, Clarence Williams, Dan Hanson, and Dan Wray
Jim Wilson led Clarence Williams, Dan Hanson and Dan Wray to the Titanic Room where they inventoried 14 stations.

06/24/1995

After the trip leader training on June 24, two trips were taken. Randy Brown led Evan Anderson, Rene Singer and Doug Kent to the HB survey where they surveyed 203 feet from HB20 through HB44. At HB40 small roots were found. Abby Wines led Jeff Wolin, Steffani Cleaves and Sarah Billig out to the Dreamland area.

July/August 1995

At the beginning of July, the surveyed length of Wind Cave was 76.85 miles. By the end of August, Wind Cave's length was increased to 76.95 miles. The total amount of new survey accumulated during this two month period was 0.1 mile. A total of 0.1 mile of previously surveyed cave was inventoried. In addition 0.1 mile was inventoried in conjunction with the new survey.

Wind Cave Weekend 07/08/1995

Rich Wolfert, Cyndi Mosch, Mike Goar,and Dan Hansen
The July Wind Cave weekend was the 8th. Rich Wolfert led Cyndi Mosch, Mike Goar and Dan Hansen to the north end of the Club Room where they surveyed 231 feet in the BUT survey. At BUT4 the group found Hoods, calcite caps that form on dogtooth spar. Hoods are not commonly found in Wind Cave.

Kathy Petty, Sandy Kraemer, and Ed O'Connor
Kathy Petty led Sandy Kraemer and Ed O'Connor to the Historic Zone where they inventoried 18 stations. Their inventory was done in the NM10M-Q, G1-7 and H surveys.

07/13/1995
Abby Wines, Don Frankfort, Dave Schifsky, and Terry Rich
On July 13, Abby Wines led an evening trip consisting of Don Frankfort, Dave Schifsky and Terry Rich. They surveyed 111.8 feet in the TR survey. Their survey ended in a dripstone area that was too delicate to travel through.

08/04/1995
Abby Wines, Jeff Wolin, C.J. Grimes, and Ed O'Connor
Abby Wines led Jeff Wolin, C.J. Grimes and Ed O'Connor out to the Dreamland area. They inventoried 11 stations, DL1-11.

Wind Cave Weekend 08/12/1995

Steve Smith, Robert Phillips, and Virgil Armajo
Steve Smith led Robert Phillips and Virgil Armajo out to Deep Confusion. They surveyed 248 feet in the VV survey.

Abby Wines, Sarah Wines, Dave Schifsky, and Don Frankfort
Abby Wines led Sarah Wines, Dave Schifsky and Don Frankfort back to the TR survey on August 24. They did a couple of survey shots to tie the TR survey into the BFL survey.

September/October 1995

At the beginning of September, the surveyed length of Wind Cave was 76.95 miles. By the end of October, Wind Cave's length was increased to 77.2 miles. The total amount of new survey accumulated during this two month period was 0.3 miles. A total of 0.1 miles of previously surveyed cave was inventoried. In addition 0.2 miles was inventoried in conjunction with the new survey.

Wind Cave Weekend 09/09/1995

Tim Moreland, Dennis Laird, Keene Butterwork, and Zig Appelt
Tim Moreland led Dennis Laird, Keene Butterworth and Zig Appelt to KID12. They continued the survey to KID21 were they stopped because the continuing passage was completely coated with white aragonite and calcite. They then surveyed KIE1-13 ending their day with a total of 428 feet of survey.

Louise Hose, Dave Lester, Jodie Cottier, and Michael Bush
Louise Hose led Dave Lester, Jodie Cottier and Michael Bush surveyed 194.5 feet in the KYD25-37 survey.

Rich Wolfert, June Golaz, Bob Stucklen, and Terry Sherman
Rich Wolfert led June Golaz, Bob Stucklen and Terry Sherman to the Bachelor's Quarters area where they surveyed 180 feet in the WXA survey.

Steve Smith, Gary Kirchberg, and Forest Weller
Steve Smith led Gary Kirchberg and Forest Weller past Rainbow Falls to the T, UH, UHA and WA surveys where they inventoried 41 stations.

Paul Burger, Cori Giannuzzi, and Evan Anderson
Paul Burger led Cori Giannuzzi and Evan Anderson to Blind Faith where they determined that the high leads in the room would require technical climbing to enter. They then traveled to the Thigh Master area where they surveyed 252 feet in the LE21-31 survey, leaving some leads to be checked in the future.

Wind Cave Weekend 10/14/1995

Rich Wolfert, June Golaz, Kathy Petty, and Sandy Kraemer
Rich Wolfert led June Golaz, Kathy Petty and Sandy Kraemer to the WXA survey where they surveyed 300 feet in the WXB survey. Along the WXB survey they found an Alvin McDonald signature dated 1891.

Paul Burger, Hazel Barton, and Bruce Albright
Paul Burger led Hazel Barton and Bruce Albright to the Chamber Pot Room area where they surveyed 272 feet in the NJPA, NCP9 and NCP3 surveys. The NCP3 area had several hundred feet of previously untravelled cave with more to look at in the future!

10/21/1995
Stan Allison, Marc Ohms, and Kelly Mathis
On October 21, Stan Allison led Marc Ohms and Kelly Mathis in via the Snake Pit Entrance to the House of the Fallen Snurd and on to the KY-155 area. They thoroughly pushed north leads from KY155 to 165 closing off several leads and surveying 118 feet in the KY159A-H survey.

November/December 1995

At the beginning of November, the surveyed length of Wind Cave was 77.25 miles. By the end of December, Wind Cave's length was increased to 77.7 miles. The total amount of new survey accumulated during this two month period was 0.45 miles. A total of 0.3 miles of previously surveyed cave was inventoried. In addition 0.45 miles was inventoried in conjunction with the new survey.

Wind Cave Weekend 11/11/1995

Tim Moreland, Dan Hansen, Randy Macan, and Henk van Beek
The November Wind Cave weekend was the eleventh. Tim Moreland led Dan Hansen, Randy Macan and Henk van Beek in the survey of 500 feet in the BBB6 and BBE surveys. This area is near the Club Room.

Jim Wilson, Skip Withrow, Dan Wray, and Danny Doty
Jim Wilson led Skip Withrow, Dan Wray and Danny Doty out to the DF survey in the Half-Mile Hall Zone where they closed some leads off of DF5.

Sandy Kraemer, Rich Wolfert, Bob Stucklen, and Aron Macan
Sandy Kraemer led Rich Wolfert, Bob Stucklen and Aron Macan to an area just off of the Garden of Eden elevator landing. They surveyed 403.3 feet in the WXC and WXD surveys.

Myk Coughlin and Cori Giannuzzi
Myk Coughlin led Cori Giannuzzi out to JD31 where they found approximately 200 feet of explored, but unsurveyed cave.

Paul Burger, Evan Anderson, and Hazel Barton
Paul Burger led Evan Anderson and Hazel Barton to the Baker Street area where they surveyed 394.3 feet in the NCA and NCP3 surveys.

Wind Cave Weekend 12/9/1995

Evan Anderson, Hazel Barton, Paul Burger, and Bruce Albright
The December Wind Cave weekend was on the ninth. Evan Anderson led Hazel Barton, Paul Burger and Bruce Albright out past the Necessary Evil pit where they surveyed 482.7 feet in the WOB, WLF and WLE surveys.

Rene Singer, Vi Schweiker, and Ted Lappin
Rene Singer led Vi Schweiker and Ted Lappin out to the Canal Zone. They inventoried 51 stations and checked leads out beyond the Wind Tunnel.

Skip Withrow, Clarence Williams, and Jim Wilson
Skip Withrow led Clarence Williams and Jim Wilson out to the KD and KE surveys where they inventoried 19 stations.

Andy Flurkey, Ed LaRock, and Mike Behn
Andy Flurkey led Ed LaRock and Mike Behn out to the Li'l Bubble area where they surveyed 389.2 feet in the UKB survey.

12/16/1995
Stan Allison, Cori Giannuzzi, Mike Wiles, and Marc Ohms
Stan Allison led Cori Giannuzzi, Mike Wiles and Marc Ohms out to the XH survey in the Colorado Grotto Zone. They surveyed 218.9 feet in XHA survey. In addition to finding bat scratches, the team left several passages to survey in the future.

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