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Wind Cave Trip Reports - 2005

January and February 2005

During January and February of 2005, 19 survey trips were taken into the off-trail portions of the following sections of Wind Cave: Historic (13 trips), Club Room (3 trips), North (2 trips), and Southern Comfort (1 trip). During these trips, and one lake monitoring trip were some survey was also completed, cavers surveyed and inventoried a total of 7,683 feet or 1.45 miles of passage, with an average survey length of 399 feet per survey. This new survey raised the length of Wind Cave from 113.65 to 115.10 miles. With the additional survey obtained during the January Wind Cave Weekend, Wind Cave passed Lechuguilla Cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park to become the fifth longest cave in the world. In addition to these survey trips, there were six resurvey trips to the Historic Section where 1,112 feet of problem surveys were resurveyed and one trip to the Lakes to check on the lake levels.

01/04/2005

Jason Walz, Larry Shaffer, & Matt Busch
Jason led a survey trip to the Historic Section to survey leads off the NK survey. They found an area with hundreds of bat scratches while surveying 150 feet.

Jason Walz, Ben Tobin, & Heather Veerkamp
Jason led a resurvey trip to the Kilroy’s Bridge area in the Historic Section. They resurveyed 41 feet.

Ben Tobin, Andrea Croskrey, Ryan Sprouse, & Ben Hutchins
Ben led a survey trip to the Star Cafe area in the Historic Section to push leads. They surveyed several small leads for 120 feet.

01/05/2005

Jason Walz, Heather Veercamp, & Andrea Croskrey
Jason led a resurvey trip to the Wall Street area in the Historic Section. They resurveyed 298 feet and found several leads for a later trip.

Ben Tobin, Ben Hutchins, Carrie Musick
Ben led a resurvey trip back to the Kilroy’s Bridge area in the Historic Section. They resurveyed 146 feet and found leads for a future trip.

Wind Cave Weekend 01/08/2005

Ben Tobin, Andrea Croskrey, Carrie Musick
Ben led a group of Kentucky cavers back to the Wall Street area in the Historic Section. They named one junction the Chocolate Sprinkle Junction after the wood rat pellets scattered around the area. That lead eventually connected to the bottom of Quicksilver Pit (the NM4 survey). They mapped 460 feet for the day, leaving several leads for a future trip.

Marc Ohms, Rene Ohms, & Larry Shaffer
Marc led a survey trip to the House of the Fallen Snurd area in the North Section. They surveyed several leads in the area for a total of 832 feet. They discovered a small helictite bush of about 10 inches high.

Jason Walz, Ben Hutchins, & Sara Booth
Jason led a survey trip to the Base Camp area in the Club Room Section to continue pushing lower level leads. They surveyed 633 feet, including a 77-foot shot, and left a few leads to return to.

Jim Wilson, Tim Moreland, & Greg Glazner
Jim led a survey trip back to the new area he discovered in December in the Historic Section off of the Elbow Room (the VW survey). He finished up the gnarly area, mapping 394 feet in the process.

Rod Horrocks, Ryan Sprouse, Ben Shouse, and Duff McCafferty
Accompanied by a reporter from the Argus Leader of Sioux Falls named Ben Shouse, Rod led a trip to the E’ survey in the Historic Section to continue pushing leads off of that route. They surveyed 378 feet, essentially finishing up the area in the process.

01/18/2005

Rod Horrocks, Alexis Brooks, Ari Juhala, and Amy Juhala
Rod led a trip to finish resurveying the G survey in the Historic Section. They named a couple of unnamed rooms the Globe Theater and Dusty Bottoms while resurveying 141 feet of the G survey and mapping an additional 233 feet of associated passages.

Jason Walz & Larry Shaffer
Jason led a survey trip to continue pushing leads off of the NK survey in the Historic Section. They found some blast rubble from trail construction activities and an old unused survey designation (Z survey) while mapping 242 feet. They left several leads to return to.

01/26/2005
Marc Ohms & Jason Walz
Marc led a resurvey trip to the NP survey in the Historic Section. They resurveyed 164 feet while adding 40 feet of new survey.

02/1/2005
Rod Horrocks, John Scheltens, & Steve Baldwin
Rod led a survey trip to the Garden of Eden area in the Historic Section to continue pushing leads where the trio had left off on their last trip to the area (February of 04). They mapped a parallel passage at GE3 for seven shots, leaving a tight bellycrawl that doubled back over the Garden of Eden. They mapped 148 feet for the evening.

02/01/2005
Jason Walz, Larry Shaffer, & Vickie Siegel
Jason led a survey trip to the Suburbia area in the Club Room Section where they pushed the western edge of that lower level cave while surveying 630 feet.

02/03/2005
Marc Ohms, Larry Shaffer, & Jason Walz
Marc led a trip to the Lakes in the Lakes Section to check on the level of Calcite Lake. He found that the lake was down 1.1 feet since the December trip. While in the area, they also surveyed 96 feet off of the NO survey.

Wind Cave Weekend 02/12/2005

Marc Ohms, Rene Ohms, & Larry Shaffer
Marc led a trip back to the House of the Fallen Snurd in the North Section to continue surveying the leads in that area. They discovered a new area where they left numerous leads to return to on a future trip. They surveyed 720 feet.

Jason Walz, Tim Moreland, & Sara Booth
Jason led a trip back to the Base Camp area in the Club Room Section to continue pushing lower level leads. They surveyed 688 feet, leaving leads to return to on a future trip.

Carl Bern, Mike Wiles, & Peggy Renwick
Carl led a trip through the Skinner in the Southern Comfort Section to continue pushing that area. They found a lead on the edge of the cave that blew significantly but was a little too tight. They mapped 221 feet before finding a lead that kept going at the end of the day.

Christa Schneider, Jeff Goben, Beth Carbone, & Rick Speaect
Christa led a trip to the Colorado Grotto Section to push the Mud Flats area near Red Crystal Canyon. They surveyed 239 feet, essentially finishing the area.

Karla Whittenburg, Kim McVey, Tomas Dawson, & Dan Wray
Karla led a trip to the Fireball Hall area in the Historic Section to push leads. They mapped 114 feet.

Jim Wilson, Skip Withrow, & Howard Bartlet
Jim led a trip to the Elbow Room in the Historic Section to continue pushing that area. They surveyed some previously scooped passages for 475 feet, leaving a few leads to return too.

Rod Horrocks, Eric Kurth, and Dean Faust
Rod led a couple of Paha Sapa Grotto cavers on a survey training trip to the Quicksilver Pit area to wrap up some leads he had left from an evening trip four years previous. They surveyed 242 feet and left a couple of small leads for a future trip.

02/15/2005

Jason Walz & Larry Shaffer
Jason led a trip back to the NK survey in the Historic Section to continue pushing that area. They found some heavily trafficked passages with evidence of historic digging. In one relatively pristine lead, they found a room with a deep fissure pit that went down to lower level cave that is located just north of the Monument Hall area. They surveyed 323 feet for the day, leaving several leads for a future trip.

Rod Horrocks, John Scheltens, Steve Baldwin, & Alexis Brooks
Rod led an evening trip back to the Garden of Eden area in the Historic Section to push the dome leads they found on their first trip in February. They documented an Alvin and Elmer McDonald signature in the previously unsurveyed Cathedral Dome. Surveying a 45-foot shot up another dome in the Garden of Eden, they surveyed the highest point in the whole area outside of Plummer’s Pit. They surveyed a total of 305 feet while leaving a few leads for a future trip.

02/28/2005
Jason Walz & Larry Shaffer
Jason led a resurvey trip to the NP and NF areas in the western part of the Historic Section. They resurveyed the worst loop in the cave and a room located near the Guide’s Discovery, naming it the Land Bridge after a 15-foot long natural bridge in the middle of the room. They resurveyed 322 feet for the day.

March and April 2005

March and April of 2005 saw 6,143 feet (1.16 miles) of new survey added to Wind Cave, raising the total survey from 115.10 to 116.26 miles. There also was 1,103 feet resurveyed due to data problems with the former surveys.

03/01/2005

Jason Walz, Larry Shaffer, & Chris Dale
Jason Walz led Larry Shaffer and Chris Dale to the NK survey in the Historic Section. They surveyed 434 feet of popcorn lined passage. They named one room the Popcorn Ranch and another the Holding Tank.

Rod Horrocks & Alexis Brooks
Rod Horrocks led Alexis Brooks to the CU survey near the Roman Catacombs in the Historic Section. They surveyed 410 feet, in which 210 feet was resurvey to correct loop closure problems.

Rod Horrocks, Dan and Tonia Foster
Later that day Rod Horrocks led another trip with Dan and Tonia Foster to the Apian Way in the Historic Section. They surveyed 90 feet.

03/12/2005 Wind Cave Weekend

Rod Horrocks, Sara Booth, Duff McCafferty, & Eric Kurth
Rod Horrocks led Sara Booth, Duff McCafferty, and Eric Kurth to the Lost Carbide Fissure in the Historic Section. They surveyed 277 feet off of the ZF and CT’ surveys and named one moonmilk lined passage the Moondrift Crawl.

Marc and Rene Ohms, & Larry Shaffer
Marc Ohms led Rene Ohms and Larry Shaffer back to the EX survey near the House of the Fallen Snurd in the North Section. They surveyed 925 feet and lefts plenty of leads to return to.

Jason Walz, Peggy Renwick, & Chris Amidon
Jason Walz led Peggy Renwick and Chris Amidon to the area of Petey’s Puddle in the Club Room Section. They surveyed 561 feet off of the CC survey and named one thinly false-floored passage the Catwalk.

03/15/2005
Rod Horrocks & Alexis Brooks
Rod Horrocks led Alexis Brooks to the Roman Catacombs in the Historic Section. They surveyed 273 feet off of the CU survey and found a crawl lined with cobbles that connected to the Garden of Eden Tour Route.

03/16/2005
Marc Ohms & Jashon Walz
Marc Ohms led Jason Walz to Room Draculum in the Historic Section to finish resurveying the NP survey from there to the Cataract Room for a total of 367 feet.

03/17/2005
March Ohms & Jason Walz
Marc Ohms led Jason Walz in through the Snake Pit entrance to the Chimera Room and then out of the cave via the pink trail to the elevator. They flagged the route from the Snake Pit to the Chimera Room with pink flagging. They discovered mountain lion scat in the Snake Pit Entrance.

Wind Cave Weekend 04/09/2005

Jim Wilson, Tim Moreland, Dan Bryce, & Skip Withrow
Jim Wilson led Tim Moreland, Dan Bryce, and Skip Withrow to the Lackagluten Room in the Historic Section. They surveyed 510 feet off of the PV survey and named a passage that went up for a ways, mostly in paleofill, the Jenga Tower.

Mike Hanson, Cory Wagner, & Dave Springhetti
Mike Hanson led Cory Wagner and Dave Springhetti along the Candlelight Tour to continue working on retaking of old stereo photographs.

Rod Horrocks, Sara Booth, Eric Kurth, & Duff McCafferty
Rod Horrocks led Sara Booth, Eric Kurth, and Duff McCafferty to the Chamber de Norcutt in the Historic Section. They surveyed 715 feet off of the IU survey and named passages the Looking Glass Fissure, Mirror Fissure, and The Big Fish.

Larry Shaffer, Rene Ohms, & Dean Faust
Larry Shaffer led Rene Ohms and Dean Faust into the Snake Pit Entrance to the WT survey in the North Section. They surveyed 480 feet. Dean states from his experience that 6’4” is the tallest you can be to make it through the Snake Pit.

Amy Bern, Barbara Smith, Marty Morey, & Richard Dieter
Amy Bern led Barbara Smith, Marty Morey, and Richard Dieter in through the Snake Pit Entrance to the Pail-of-Fill in the North Section. They surveyed 206 feet off of the LQ survey.

Jason Walz, Dan and Sean Foster, & Peggy Renwick
Jason Walz led Dan and Sean Foster and Peggy Renwick to the Petey’s Puddle area in the Club Room Section. They surveyed 741 feet off of the DA, CC, DE, and LL surveys.

04/14/2005
Peggy Renwick, Marc Ohms, & Jason Walz
Peggy Renwick led Marc Ohms and Jason Walz to the Basement in the Historic Section to resurvey the A and UX surveys. They resurveyed 362 feet replacing both surveys with the continuation of the NF survey.

04/19/2005

Jason Walz, Larry Shaffer, Sara Booth, & Chris Dale
Jason Walz led Larry Shaffer, Sara Booth, and Chris Dale to the Basement in the Historic Section. They surveyed 586 feet and left many leads.

Rod Horrocks & Alexis Brooks
Rod Horrocks led Alexis Brooks to the RSV Trail in the Historic Section where they surveyed 145 feet.

04/26/2005
Marc Ohms & Jason Walz
Marc Ohms led Jason Walz to the Juice Room in the Historic Section to resurvey the numerous tie-ins throughout the room. They resurveyed 164 feet and removed some redundant survey.

May and June 2005

During May and June of 2005, 13 survey trips were taken into off-trail portions of Wind Cave, including ten trips to the Historic and three trips to the North Sections. During these trips, cavers surveyed and inventoried a total of 3,051 feet or 0.57 miles of passage, with an average survey length of 234 feet per survey. This new survey raised the length of Wind Cave from 116.26 to 116.83 miles. In addition to these survey trips, there were two works trips; one research trip and one resurvey trip to the Historic Section, where 104 feet of problem survey was resurveyed.

05/02/2005
Marc Ohms & Jason Walz
Marc led a trip to lower level cave in the Club Room Section to collect a sample of the “pink stuff on moonmilk” found by Jason Walz. The sample is being examined for DNA by Dr. John Moore at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

05/03/2005
Chris Amidon & Ajax (B. Dalman)
Chris led a survey trip back to the QC survey in the Historic Section to finish a lead from an earlier trip. They named several things, including Something Crunchy, Doorway to Delights, and Just Say No to Crack; while surveying 282 feet.

05/03/2005
Larry Shaffer, Jason Walz, & Sara Booth
Larry led a survey trip to continue the NF survey in the Historic Section. While surveying, Jason rediscovered a lead that went into a large blank area on the map between the Historic and North Sections. The strange thing, is that the passage had survey in it but the survey is not used nor does the park have any record of it. They named one sandy-floored room along this route the Make-out Room. They surveyed 535 feet and left numerous leads for another trip.

Wind Cave Weekend 05/14/2005

Tim Moreland, Rick Speaect, & Mary Klaus
Tim led a survey trip to the GR survey in the North Section to push leads. They surveyed a couple of leads for 227 feet.

Sandy Kramer & Mary Laycock
Sandy led a trip to check side leads along the Natural Entrance Tour Route. They surveyed 140 feet of gnarly tight cave.

Rod Horrocks, Duff McCafferty, & Melissa Johnston
Rod led a survey trip to the old BG survey in the Historic Section. After not being able to find any of the old stations, they resurveyed 104 feet of the BG and then 240 feet of side passages off of those new stations, leaving many leads for a future trip.

05/17/2005
Rod Horrocks, Ajax (B. Dalman), & Vickie Siegel
Rod led a survey trip back to the BG area in the Historic Section to survey some of the side leads they found on their last trip. They mapped 350 feet in an incredibly complex area made up of four interconnected parallel fissures. They left numerous leads for a future trip.

06/07/2005
Larry Shaffer, Vickie Siegel, & Ajax (B. Dalman)
Larry led a survey trip to some leads off of the PK survey in the Historic Section. They surveyed in a swiss-cheese type of maze, finishing with 185 feet of survey.

Wind Cave Weekend 06/11/2005

Jim Wilson, Tim Moreland, & Howard Bartlett
Jim led a trip in the Historic Section to attempt to push the UK survey, due to the lack of side leads in that area. They surveyed a few small leads for 231 feet, leaving one tight fissure lead for the next generation.

Marc & Rene Ohms
After getting rained out of a Snake Pit Entrance trip, Marc led a survey trip to the NP survey area in the Historic Section. They surveyed 426 feet and left several leads for a future trip.

Rod Horrocks, Melissa & Misty Johnston
Not being able to print a line plot (due to computer problems); Rod led a trip to an area he knew well enough not to need one, Room Draculum in the Historic Section. They pushed the north and west walls of the room, finding some pretty formations and then a small area underneath a calcified, sediment-covered breakdown block. They surveyed 100 feet and left a good pit lead along the west wall for a later trip.

Sandy Kramer & Pat Jablonsky
Sandy led a trip to check leads off of the Rookery along the Natural Entrance Tour Route. They checked several leads but didn’t survey anything.

06/21/2005
Marc Ohms, Andy & Bonny Armstrong, Jenny Whitby
Marc led a survey trip back to the leads he left from the 6/11/2005 trip to the NP survey in the Historic Section. They mopped up 139 feet and left a few leads for another trip.

06/21/2005
Larry Shaffer, Gary Whitby, & Darren Dowler
Larry led a trip to the Santa’s Frosted Forest area via the Snake Pit Entrance. They checked all of the leads in the first two rooms while surveying a total of 196 feet.

 

July and August 2005

During July and August of 2005, five survey trips were taken into off-trail portions of Wind Cave, including four trips to the Historic Section and one trip to the North Section. During these trips, cavers surveyed and inventoried a total of 888 feet or 0.17 miles of passage, with an average survey length of 177 feet per survey. This new survey raised the length of Wind Cave from 116.83 to 117.0 miles. In addition to these survey trips, six work trips were taken; including one lake monitoring trip and five resurvey trips, where 721 feet of problem survey was resurveyed.

07/19/2005
Larry Shaffer, Ajax (B. Dalman), Andy & Bonnie Armstrong
Larry led a survey trip to the WT survey in the North Section. While climbing up a slippery sloping series of ledges, Andy fell and sprained his wrist on the same climb that Rod Horrocks fell and tore his rotator cuff in 2001. They were able to continue their survey, adding 187 feet of hard-fought-for survey to the length of Wind Cave.

07/20/2005
Marc Ohms & Karen Henker
Marc led a lake monitoring and data logger placement trip to What the Hell and Calcite Lakes in the Lakes Section. Both lakes were down slightly, with What the Hell falling 0.03’ and Calcite falling 0.68’.

07/30/2005
Seth Spoelman, Ajax (B. Dalman), & Erin Nieduinghaus
Seth led a resurvey trip to the UY survey in the Historic Section. Seth found a real mess and was only able to resurvey 38 feet on that initial trip.

07/27/2005
Seth Spoelman, Vickie Siegel, & Erin Nieduinghaus
Seth led a return trip to continue the resurvey of the UY survey in the Historic Section. They were able to resurvey 145 feet this time.

08/02/2005
Rod Horrocks, Peter & Ann Bosted
Rod led a survey trip to Room Draculum in the Historic Section. They found a fissure/pit that hadn’t been entered before and were able to survey 234 feet in a lead along the west edge of the room.

08/06/2005
Rod Horrocks, Karen Henker, & Billie Myers
Rod led an evening trip to the New Beginnings Room area in the Historic Section. They named a 7” squeeze that Karen was able to just slide into, New Proportions. They surveyed 89 feet.

08/08/2005

Seth Spoelman, Karen Henker, Nathan Parker, & Erin Nieduinghaus
Seth led a trip back to the UY survey in the Historic Section to continue his resurvey project. They were able to resurvey 195 feet of that problem survey, nearly completing their project.

Seth Spoelman, Vickie Siegel, & Erin Nieduinghaus
Seth led a final resurvey trip to the UY survey in the Historic Section. They surveyed 44 feet, finishing that project. They were able to fix some bad tie-ins and correct 14 bad loops in the process.

08/10/2005
Marc Ohms, Karen Henker, & Tom Jarvella
Marc led a resurvey trip to the NV survey in the Historic Section. They found an Alvin McDonald signature while resurveying 299 feet. On their way out of the cave they discovered a paleontological site.

Wind Cave Weekend 08/13/2005

Rod Horrocks, Bonnie Armstrong, & Tom Jarvella
Rod led a survey trip to the BG and IU surveys in the Historic Section. They closed several loops while wrapping up the remaining leads in this area and bringing the four-trip total to 1,761 feet. They were able to survey 168 feet.

08/16/2005
Rod Horrocks, Andy & Bonnie Armstrong
Rod led a trip to the Terra Cotta Trail area in the Historic Section in an attempt to mop up all of the remaining leads in the CQ survey. The Armstrong’s were able to survey several leads too tight for Rod and in the process accumulated 210 feet of difficult survey. This brought the total survey in this area to over 3,000 feet, almost all of which was previously unentered.

September and October 2005

During September and October of 2005, 7 survey trips were taken into off-trail portions of Wind Cave, including 4 trips to the Historic Section and 3 trips to the North Section. During these trips, cavers surveyed and inventoried a total of 2,327 feet or 0.44 miles of passage, with an average survey length of 387 feet per survey. This new survey raised the length of Wind Cave from 117.0 to 117.44 miles. In addition to these survey trips, 2 work trips were taken; including 1 rescue cache maintenance trip and 1 resurvey trip, where 160 feet of problem survey was resurveyed.

Wind Cave Weekend 09/10/2005

Marc Ohms, Vickie Seigel, & Larry Shaffer
Marc led a trip to some leads south of the Key Room in the North Section. They found an extensive new area and left many leads for a future trip. They surveyed 806 feet during this very productive trip.

Rod Horrocks, Duff McCafferty, & Ken Geu
Rod led a trip to the Amphitheater area in the Historic Section to mop up a bunch of miscellaneous leads. They surveyed several loops and left a few leads while surveying 588 feet.

Karla Whittenburg, Kim McVey, & Tom Dotter
Karla led a trip to the Lost Paradise area along the western edge of the Historic Section. They resurveyed the B’ survey a complex area. They resurveyed 160 feet of problem survey and found lots of leads for a future trip.

Sandy Kramer & Pat Jablonsky
Sandy led a survey trip to the Natural Entrance Tour Route to push leads near the Post Office. They surveyed 87 feet in some small passages and left several leads for a future trip.

09/20/2005
Larry Shaffer, Karen Henker, & Braden Barkholder
Larry led a trip to push leads off of the JJ survey in the Club Room Section. They mopped up a few small leads for 181 feet and left a tight lead with air at JJ23L.

Wind Cave Weekend 10/08/2005

Tim Moreland, Jim Wilson, & Howard Bartlett
Tim led a trip to the GR survey in the North Section to push leads along the north edge of the cave. They found a room they named the Otis Room, but all of their leads died. They surveyed 395 feet for the day.

Rod Horrocks, Steve Baldwin, & Don Anderson
Rod led a trip to the Cobblestone Crawl area off of the Garden of Eden Tour Route. Unfortunately, they did not meet the objectives of their trip and find the source of the stream-rounded cobbles? In order to wash their tracks off of a flowstone-covered floor in one dome they surveyed, they had to use a spray bottle to collect cave water from Silent Lake and then cleaned the floor as they exited the passage. Next, they went to the Snowy Arch area, originally named by Alvin McDonald in 1893, and started pushing leads off of the BF survey, which was surveyed in 1981. They surveyed 270 feet and left a tight lead at BF9 for a future trip.

10/31/2005
Marc Ohms, Bob Kobza, Karen Henker, & Braden Barkholder
Marc led a work trip out to Half Mile Hall to recover the PVC pipes that used to hold that rescue cache. They found that someone had drank the two spare quarts of water at the rescue cache and had not told the Cave Management staff that they needed to be replaced.

November and December 2005

During November and December of 2005, 18 survey trips were taken into off-trail portions of Wind Cave, including 12 trips to the Historic Section, 2 trips to the Club Room Section, 2 trips to the Half Mile Hall Section, 1 trip to the Southern Comfort Section, and 1 trip to the North Section. During these trips, cavers surveyed and inventoried a total of 5,010 feet or 0.95 miles of passage, with an average survey length of 278 feet per survey. This new survey raised the length of Wind Cave from 117.44 to 118.38 miles. In addition to these survey trips, 2 work trips were taken; including one biological sampling trip and one resurvey trip, where 129 feet of problem survey was resurveyed.

Wind Cave Weekend 11/12/2005

Amy Bern, Marc Ohms, & Rene Ohms
Amy led a trip to the EX survey in the North Section to continue pushing a new area that the Ohm’s have been working. Entering through the Snake Pit Entrance, they were able to clean up most of the leads in the northern part of the EX survey while racking up 632 feet of survey. They left several leads in the southern section of the EX survey for a future trip.

Carl Bern, Tom Dawson, Chris Vaiante, & Nate Fuller
Carl led a trip through the Skinner in the Southern Comfort Section to push some leads on the western edge of the cave off of the LLB survey. This was the first trip into the Southern Comfort Section for three of the four surveyors. They found a complex area with lots of airflow, where they were able to survey 319 feet. They left numerous leads for a future trip.

Randy Macan, Jim Lawton, Rob McFarland, & Pete Graham
Randy led a lead pushing trip to the BH and BX surveys near the start of the Green Trail in the Half Mile Hall Section. They mopped up a couple of leads for 365 feet.

Jeff Goben, Christa Schneider, Rick Speaect, & Mary Klaus
Jeff led a trip to the BB survey in the Club Room to push some leads off of the Red and White Trail. They surveyed two leads, one at BB8 and another at BB19 for a total of 288 feet. They left some good going leads for a future trip.

Jim Wilson, Skip Withrow, Howard Bartlett, & Ken Geu
Jim led a survey trip to the UJ and VW surveys along the western edge of the Historic Section. They mapped several loops off of those surveys, arriving at 223 feet for the day.

Tom Dotter, Karla Whittenburg, & John McLean
Tom led a trip back to the Lost Paradise area along the western edge of the Historic Section. After surveying a lead off of BA3 for 80 feet, they spent the rest of the day in an unmarked lead at BA2. They surveyed a total of 317 feet and left a couple of tight leads for a future trip.

Evan Anderson, Owen Leeper, & Andy Poczobutt
Evan led a trip, via the Snake Pit Entrance, to Half Mile Hall to check some leads he remembered from a past trip. They didn’t go and they didn’t survey anything.

12/06/2005

Rod Horrocks & Alexis Brooks
Rod led a trip to the BI survey off of the Natural Entrance Tour Route, to push leads in an area that no one had been back to since 1981. They surveyed 256 feet before having to call the trip when Alexis felt ill. They determined that the BI survey was likely the “Geode Hall” area that Alvin McDonald describes in his 1893 journal.

Marc Ohms, Jason Walz, & Larry Shaffer
Marc led a trip to the Make Out Room area that Jason Walz had rediscovered in May. Located along the western edge of the Historic Section, they found that everything in this extensive area had been previously scooped, but the Park had no idea of its existence until Jason relocated the area. They surveyed 335 feet and left numerous leads for future trips.

Larry Shaffer, Andy Armstrong, & Bonnie Armstrong
Larry led an evening trip back out Make Out Room area along the western edge of the Historic Section. They surveyed 329 feet and extended the upper middle level to within 90 feet of the North Section, with going leads headed in that direction.

12/08/2005
Marc Ohms, Dr. John Moore, & Megan Quirk
Marc led a biological sampling trip to Rainbow Falls in the Historic Section.

 

Wind Cave Weekend 12/10/2005

Jason Walz, Larry Shaffer, Cheryl Mayer, & Darryl Stisser
Jason led a trip to the lower level in the Club Room Section to push the northwestern edge of that level. They mopped up a few side leads off of the CC and JA surveys before surveying a vertical fissure with lots of climbing off of ST6. They surveyed 439 feet, named one white fissure the White Zinfindel, and left some leads for a future trip.

Rod Horrocks, Sara Booth, & Ken Gue
Rod led a trip back to Mercedes Pit, a pit located next to Rome in the Historic Section that he had first surveyed in 1999. They surveyed some passages that started 10-feet off of the floor of the pit and reconnected to the Caving Tour Route and then to the RO survey. They then climbed up to the BF survey to continue pushing the Snowy Arch area. They surveyed several passages, one of which reconnected to Mercedes Pit, but 40 feet off of the floor. They could see that the dome pit still continued upwards from that vantage point. They surveyed 409 feet for the day.

Jim Wilson, Tim Moreland, & Greg Glazner
Jim led a trip back to the VA survey in the Historic Section to pick up some leads left from his November trip. They mopped up a few grabby passages for 229 feet.

Ben Tobin & Heather Veerkamp
Ben led a short trip to the NYY survey in the Wall Street area in the northern Historic Section. They mapped 72 feet and left a pit lead for a future trip.

12/14/2005
Rod Horrocks & Derek Marohn
Rod led a resurvey trip back to the Geode Hall area in the Historic Section. They resurveyed BI1-7 for 129 feet and then mopped up some side leads for an additional 192 feet of new survey. They found an Elmer McDonald signature from the 1890’s, some passages covered with flood debris and charcoal, and a blocked passage that headed right towards the Assembly Room but was choked with old discarded wood from dismantled stairs.

12/14/2005
Jason Walz & Chris Dale
Jason led a trip back to the Make Out Room area along the western edge of the Historic Section to continue pushing that area. They surveyed 283 feet, but missed their checkout time by 3 hours, which initiated a search and rescue response.

12/20/2005
Steve Baldwin, Rod Horrocks, John Scheltens, & Derek Marohn
Steve led a trip to the BF survey in the Historic Section to push the lead they had left at BF9D on their last trip. They surveyed 129 feet in some really tight stuff, only to find a Roy and Elmer McDonald signatures in the last room. They gained a new appreciation for those candle-wielding 1890’s cavers.

12/20/2005
Larry Shaffer, Bonny Armstrong, & Kelly Brownson
Larry led a trip back to the Make Out Room area on the western edge of the Historic Section. They surveyed 193 feet, but lost a pair of instruments down a tight hole. This trip raised the total survey in this area to 1,675 feet.

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