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    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Wind Cave Trip Reports - 1996

January/February 1996

At the beginning of January, the surveyed length of Wind Cave was 77.65 miles. By the end of February, Wind Cave's length was increased to 78.0 miles. The total amount of new survey accumulated during this two month period was 0.35 miles. A total of 0.4 miles of previously surveyed cave was inventoried. In addition 0.35 miles was inventoried in conjunction with the new survey.

The January Wind Cave weekend was canceled due to the recent government shutdown.

Wind Cave Weekend 02/10/1996

Rich Wolfort, June Golaz, Emma Rainforth, and Nancy Ortolain
Rich Wolfort led June Golaz, Emma Rainforth and Nancy Ortolani out to the Xerox Room where they inventoried 12 stations in the AD and ADA surveys.

Tim Moreland, Ted Lappin, Vi Schweiker, and Dan Benner
Tim Moreland led Ted Lappin, Vi Schweiker and Dan Benner to the southern end of the Club Room. They surveyed 449.5 feet in the BBF and ZBB surveys. In addition they inventoried 7 previously surveyed stations.

Rene Singer, Sherry McClure,and Todd Durhan
Rene Singer led Sherry McClure and Todd Durham out to the BV and BW surveys where they inventoried 19 stations.

Mike Wiles, Kelly Mathis, and Noan Daniels
Mike Wiles led Kelly Mathis and Noah Daniels out to the BW survey where they inventoried 20 stations.

Jim Wilson, Walt Pickett, Sandy Kraemer, and Skip Withrow
Jim Wilson led Walt Pickett, Sandy Kraemer and Skip Withrow to the Half-Mile Hall Zone where they surveyed 440 feet along the KEG survey.

Evan Anderson, Hazel Barton, and Paul Burger
Evan Anderson led Hazel Barton and Paul Burger out to the Lunatic Fringe where they surveyed 238 feet in the WFD26, WFF4 and WFK surveys.

Kevin Smith, Steve Smith, and Robert Phillips
Kevin Smith led Steve Smith and Robert Phillips out near the Elks Room where they inventoried 22 stations in the UY survey.

Mike Hanson, Chad Bowman, and Steve Baldwin
Mike Hanson led Chad Bowman and Steve Baldwin out to the Blue Bayou Avenue where they surveyed 261 feet in the AZB survey.

Jim Clark, Veronica Stahl, and Bruce Albright
Jim Clark led Veronica Stahl and Bruce Albright out to the Dreamland area where they oriented themselves for future trips and pushed leads.

02/24/1996
Myk Coughlin, Mike Wiles, Virgil Armijo, and Noah Daniels
Myk Coughlin led Mike Wiles, Virgil Armijo and Noah Daniels out to the north end of Half-Mile Hall. They surveyed 467 feet in the KK58 survey. Near the end of their survey they found a room that was 40 feet wide, 20 feet high and 170 feet long. It has excellent popcorn and frostwork up to 3 inches thick!

March/April 1996

At the beginning of March, the surveyed length of Wind Cave was 78.0 miles. By the end of April, Wind Cave's length was increased to 78.2 miles. The total amount of new survey accumulated during this two month period was 0.2 miles. A total of 0.6 miles of previously surveyed cave was inventoried. In addition 0.2 miles was inventoried in conjunction with the new survey.

Wind Cave Weekend 03/09/1996

Kathy Petty, Sandy Kraemer, Jamie and Ron Sherer
Kathy Petty led Sandy Kraemer, Jamie and Ron Sherer out to the Pub. They inventoried 73 stations in the AQ, NV, NVG, NVF, NVD, and NVE.

Rich Wolfert, Dave Lester, Emma Rainforth, and Bob Stucklen
Rich Wolfert led Dave Lester, Emma Rainforth and Bob Stucklen out to the Xerox Room where they surveyed 345 feet in the EM survey.

Clarence Williams, Jim Wilson, and Skip Withrow
Clarence Williams led Jim Wilson and Skip Withrow out to the KEG survey. As two members of the party could not fit through a tight squeeze they were unable to make their destination.

Jim Clark, Vee Stahl, and Amy Bernard
Jim Clark led Vee Stahl and Amy Bernard out to the Cakewalk where they surveyed 94 feet in the DIB survey. In addition they located a blowing 6 inch lead in the Pink Slug.

04/01/1996
Jim Nepstad and Stan Allison
Jim Nepstad and Stan Allison went out to the Pink Slug to check out the blowing lead found in March. The amount of airflow from this 6 inch hole led them to believe that it had a high potential for leading to more cave.

Wind Cave Weekend 04/13/1996

Jim Clark, Vee Stahl, Bruce Albright and Jim Nepstad
Jim Clark led Vee Stahl, Bruce Albright and Jim Nepstad back to the Pink Slug. After enlarging the 6 inch hole they followed the air 30 feet farther to where the passage became a 5 inch high bedding plane, with no hope of further exploration.

Robert Phillips, Linda Gentile, Dan Benner, and Steve Smith
Robert Phillips led Linda Gentile, Dan Benner and Steve Smith to the SCB, GW, DS and XX' surveys. They inventoried 36 stations.

Evan Anderson, Hazel Barton, and Mark McVey
Evan Anderson led Hazel Barton and Mark McVey out to the KF, KK and KB surveys where they inventoried 18 stations. They also surveyed 465.5 feet in the KRP and KKM surveys.

04/16-17/1996
Twere 3 NOLS trips with 13 students in the Rainbow Falls area. These trips were for the purpose of education.

May/June 1996

At the beginning of May, the surveyed length of Wind Cave was 78.2 miles. By the end of June, Wind Cave's length was increased to 78.5 miles. The total amount of new survey accumulated during this two month period was 0.3 miles. A total of 0.4 miles of previously surveyed cave was inventoried. In addition 0.3 miles was inventoried in conjunction with the new survey.

Wind Cave Weekend 05/11/1996

Ed LaRock, Mike Behn, and Chuck Hoffman
Ed LaRock led Mike Behn and Chuck Hoffman to the JD survey were they surveyed 281 feet. At the end of their survey the cave still continues.

Rich Wolfert, Linda Gentile, Jamie and Ron Sherer
Rich Wolfert led Linda Gentile, Jamie and Ron Sherer out to the City Sewers area where they surveyed 174 feet in the EMA survey.

Evan Anderson, Hazel Barton, and Shawn Kramer
Evan Anderson led Hazel Barton and Shawn Kramer to the north end of Half-Mile Hall where they surveyed 561 feet in the SIK and UM surveys. This area had numerous gypsum formations in it.

05/23/1996
Abby Wines, Sarah Billig, Don Frankfort, and Marcy Morgan
Abby Wines led an after work trip consisting of Sarah Billig, Don Frankfort and Marcy Morgan. They inventoried 12 stations along the BI survey.

05/30/1996
Abby Wines, Dawn Cardace, and Dennis Shreves
Abby Wines led Dawn Cardace and Dennis Shreves to the BI survey where they inventoried 10 stations.

06/07/1996
Abby Wines and Mike Bray
On June 7, Abby Wines led Mike Bray to the BI survey where they inventoried 4 stations.

Wind Cave Weekend 06/08/1996

Jim Wilson, Dan Wray, Danny Wray, and Jim McFarlin
Jim Wilson led Dan Wray, Danny Wray and John McFarlin out towards the Half-Mile Hall Zone. The trip was aborted at the Chinese Mushroom due to sickness.

Tim Moreland, Dennis Laird, Leo Thompson, and Bruce Albright
Tim Moreland led Dennis Laird, Leo Thompson and Bruce Albright to the North Zone where they surveyed 406 feet in the KIE survey and inventoried 15 stations along the KY survey.

Marc Ohms, Kelly Mathis, Scott Sieverton, and Matt Reece
Marc Ohms led Kelly Mathis, Scott Sievertson and Matt Reece to a lower level of the Club Room Zone. They surveyed 203 feet in the ZC survey.

Mike Wiles, Rachel Bosch, Michelle Karle, and Chris Long
Mike Wiles led Rachel Bosch, Michelle Karle and Chris Long to the ZC survey where they inventoried 23 stations of previously surveyed cave.

06/12/1996
Abby Wines, Garnet Goodrich,and Rachel Bosch
Abby Wines led Garnet Goodrich and Rachel Bosch to the BI survey where they inventoried 22 stations.

July/August 1996

At the beginning of July, the surveyed length of Wind Cave was 78.5 miles. By the end of August, Wind Cave's length was increased to 78.5 miles. The total amount of new survey accumulated during this two month period was .04 miles. A total of .3 miles of previously surveyed cave was inventoried. In addition .04 miles was inventoried in conjunction with the new survey.

07/12/1996
Abby Wines, Don Frankfort, and Linda Gentile
On July 12, Abby Wines led Don Frankfort and Linda Gentile on an inventory trip to the BG survey. They inventoried 10 stations including an area with beautiful gypsum needles.

Wind Cave Weekend 07/13/1996

Kevin Smith, Steve Smith, Carol Teckenbrock and Josh Kanaplue
The Wind Cave Weekend was July 13. Kevin Smith led Steve Smith, Carol Teckenbrock and Josh Kanaplue to the BD survey where they inventoried 31 stations.

Rich Wolfert, Susan Herpin, Libby Overholt, and Linda Gentile
Rich Wolfert led Susan Herpin, Libby Overholt and Linda Gentile to the BGA survey where they surveyed 64.1 feet.

07/16/1996
Abby Wines, Garnet Goodrich, Rachel Bosch, and Sarah Wedge
Abby Wines led Garnet Goodrich, Rachel Bosch and Sarah Wedge to the BL survey where they surveyed 55 feet.

07/18/1996
Abby Wines, Sarah Billig, and Sarah Wedge
On July 18, Abby Wines led Sarah Billig and Sarah Wedge to the KR survey where they inventoried 21 stations.

Also on July 18, a routine trip down to the Lakes area to check the water levels led to the discovery of a new pool. This pool filled within the last month and is located near RB7. It is triangular in shape, 8’x 8’ x 10’ and 18 inches deep in the middle. The source of the water is 50 feet upstream from the pool, contributing a steady trickle of water.

07/26/1996
Abby Wines, Sarah Wedge, Don Frankfort, and Rachel Bosch
Abby Wines led Sarah Wedge, Don Frankfort and Rachel Bosch out to the TR survey where they surveyed 108.6 feet.

The August Wind Cave Weekend was canceled due to the National Speleological Convention being held in Colorado at the same time.

An August 19 trip to the recently formed pool en route to the Lakes found it to have a new south extension going an additional 50 feet past where it terminated last month.

A return trip to the new pool on August 29 found that the pool had risen 1 foot! If it continues at this rate, it is possible that the route to the Lakes may sump shut within a few months.

September/October 1996

At the beginning of September, the surveyed length of Wind Cave was 78.5 miles. By the end of October, Wind Cave's length was increased to 78.9 miles. The total amount of new survey accumulated during this two month period was .4 miles. A total of 0 miles of previously surveyed cave was inventoried. In addition .4 miles was inventoried in conjunction with the new survey.

Wind Cave Weekend 09/14/1996

Jim Wilson, Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson, and Tim Moreland
Jim Wilson led Hazel Barton, Evan Anderson and Tim Moreland to the Half-Mile Hall Zone where they surveyed 745 feet in the KEG survey.

Mike Wiles, Marc Ohms, Noah Daniels, and Kelly Mathis
Mike Wiles led Marc Ohms, Noah Daniels and Kelly Mathis out to the Half-Mile Hall Zone where they surveyed 408.5 feet in the BX61 survey.

Wind Cave Weekend 10/12/1996

Jim Wilson, Bruce Albright, and Dennis Laird
Jim Wilson led Bruce Albright and Dennis Laird out to the Half-Mile Hall Zone where they surveyed 725 feet in the KEG201 and KE55 surveys.

Mike Wiles, Chris Long, Noah Daniels, and Matt Reece
Mike Wiles led Chris Long, Noah Daniels and Matt Reece out to the Half-Mile Hall Zone. They surveyed 343.2 feet in the BV69 and BX37 surveys.

November/December 1996

At the beginning of November, the surveyed length of Wind Cave was 78.9 miles. By the end of December, Wind Cave's length was increased to 79.3 miles. The total amount of new survey accumulated during this two month period was .4 miles. A total of .4 miles of previously surveyed cave was inventoried. In addition .4 miles was inventoried in conjunction with the new survey.

Wind Cave Weekend 11/09/1996

Skip Withrow and Evan Anderson
Skip Withrow led Evan Anderson out to the Bubble in the Historic Zone where they surveyed 375 feet in the HB’ survey.

Sandy Kraemer, Kathy Petty, Jamie and Ron Sherer
Sandy Kraemer led Kathy Petty, Jamie and Ron Sherer to the Fairgrounds in the Historic Zone. They inventoried 58 stations, mainly in the AT survey.

Clarence Williams, Keith Smith, and John Allison
Clarence Williams led Keith Smith and John Allison to the Spillway vicinity. They inventoried 29 stations in the AI and UZ surveys.

Mike Wiles, Marc Ohms, and Noah Daniels
Mike Wiles led Marc Ohms and Noah Daniels to the Elephant Trunk area in the Half-Mile Hall Zone. They surveyed 384 feet in the BX37 survey.

12/07/1996
Stan Allison, Mike Wiles, Noah Daniels, and Kelly Mathis
Stan Allison led Mike Wiles, Noah Daniels and Kelly Mathis out to the Southern Comfort Zone. They found a short-cut from Northwest Territory to The Other Side. This route bypasses the old Playground route and should save approximately 20 to 30 minutes round trip. A total of 420 feet of cave was surveyed in the LTE7, LTE43 and LTK3 surveys.

Wind Cave Weekend 12/14/1996

Evan Anderson, Skip Withrow, and Shawn Kramer
Evan Anderson led Skip Withrow and Shawn Kramer to the Half-Mile Hall Zone. They surveyed 547 feet in the KEG survey.

1996 Summary

The survey total for 1996 was 1.65 miles. 2.1 miles of previously surveyed cave was inventoried in 1996.

Two Wind Cave weekends were canceled in 1996, one due to the Federal Government shut down in January and another due to a conflict with the National Speleological Society Convention in August. Although the volume of survey and inventory has slowed down in the past few years, the overall quality of survey and inventory data is much improved over previous years.

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