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Wind Cave Trip Reports - 2008

Wind Cave Happenings, January/February 2008

By Rod Horrocks 4/9/2008
During January and February of 2008, 13 trips were taken into off-trail portions of Wind Cave; including 5 trips to the Historic Section, 3 trips to the Club Room Section, 2 trips to the Half Mile Hall Section, 1 trip to the North Section, 1 trip to the Lakes Section, and 1 trip to the Southern Comfort Section. During 10 survey and inventory trips, cavers surveyed a total of 4,277 feet or 0.81 miles of passage, with an average survey length of 427 feet per trip. This new survey raised the length of Wind Cave from 126.59 to 127.40 miles. In addition to the 10 survey trips, 1 lake monitoring trip and 2 resurvey trips where taken, where 272 feet of problem survey was resurveyed.

Jason Walz & Hy-ung Lee 1/9/2008
Jason led a survey trip to the Natural Entrance Tour Route in the Historic Section to survey a cut-around along the tour route where some cables for the new cave lighting system were to be placed. They surveyed 52 feet.

Wind Cave Weekend I
1/12-13/2008

Rod Horrocks, Ken Geu, & Duff McCafferty
Rod led a survey trip to the IJ survey in the Historic Section to continue pushing leads left from a previous trip. They were able to survey 360 feet, when Duff dropped the laser Disto down a 40-foot deep unclimbable pit, which they subsequently named Disto Pit. Noticing on the lineplot that they were 40 feet above the TT survey off of Browns Canyon, the group took the long route down to the TT, where they found the Disto laying in a pocket at floor level. Since the Disto still worked, they continued surveying leads off of the TT survey. They mapped another 222 feet before calling it a day, giving them a total of 582 feet of survey for the day. They left several leads in both areas.


Jim Wilson, Howard Bartlett, Tim Moreland, & Skip Withrow
Jim led a survey trip to the PC survey in the Club Room Section. However, they got distracted by an unmarked virgin lead they found just after the Woodpile. They spent the day surveying some miserable crawls before popping out into good going passage at the end of the day. Before heading home, they climbed down a fissure to the lower level, where they found a SCB survey station underneath the unobvious lead in the ceiling that they had just climbed out of. They left some great leads in the new area for a future trip. They surveyed 530 feet for the day’s effort.

Carl Bern, Larry Shaffer, & Andrew Blackstock
Carl led a trip to the Cosmos area in the Southern Comfort Section to look for a potential camp site. They found a candidate area and were able to map 132 feet before calling it a day.

Jason Walz, Hy-ung Lee, & Jill Jaworski
Jason led a resurvey trip to the NWT survey on the northern edge of the Historic Section. While resurveying 74 feet, they named two places, one the Fitness Room and the other Super Junction. They left several leads for a future trip.

Wind Cave Weekend II
1/26-27/2008

Marc Ohms, Rene Ohms, & Bonny Armstrong
Marc led a survey trip to the KQ survey in the Half Mile Hall Section. They surveyed the Snow Room, which has some of the most spectacular frostwork in the whole cave. They surveyed 471 feet and finished the known leads off of the first section of the KQ survey.

Jason Walz
Jason led a survey trip to the Rescue Pit area in the Club Room Section. They surveyed leads off of the RT and RP surveys, where they surveyed 374 feet.

Amy Bern, David Lambert, & Keith Kuhlman
Amy led a survey trip to the Ghostriders Gulch area in the North Section. They found a lead not on the map and spent the day surveying 215 feet in it. They left lots of leads for a return trip.

Wind Cave Weekend
2/9-10/2008

Jim Wilson, Howard Bartlett, Tim Moreland, & Skip Withrow
Jim led a survey trip back to the virgin area he found on his last trip in the Club Room Section. They accessed the area, which was located between the Lower Level and the Middle Level, by climbing up a fissure from the SCB survey. Then named the whole area the Fourteeners and the fissure pit connection the Coulair. They finished all of the leads in the area, surveying 837 feet for the day.

Rod Horrocks, Roger Harris, & Duff McCafferty
Rod led a survey trip in the Historic Section to finish the leads on the TD survey and then to look for leads along the WB survey, which had not seen any trips in 20 years. They found a fourth paleofilled dome that had been excavated in the early 1930’s, which they named Rubble Stope. After surveying 239 feet in the area, they moved to the WB survey, where they found a fissure that dropped into going passage and an extensive virgin area with lots of deep fissures. They named the largest room they found the Box Cutter Room, the second the Tiller Room, and the whole area Fissure Kingdom. They surveyed 801 feet for the day and left lots of leads for a return trip.

Marc Ohms, Rene Ohms, & Jason Walz
Marc led a survey trip back to the KQ survey in the Half Mile Hall Section to continue pushing leads. They took pictures of the Snow Room and surveyed 555 feet for the day.


Jason Walz & Cassie Nelson 2/15/2008
Jason led a resurvey trip to the NWT survey along the north edge of the Historic Section. They resurveyed 198 feet.

Jason Walz, Rene Ohms, Andy Armstrong, Ken Buhler, Charles Michael Ray, & Joel Rische 2/26/2008
Jason led a work trip to the Lakes Section to dump Flourscene dye in What the Hell and to monitor the level of the lakes. He took along the State Hydrology Engineer and a PBS reporter and cameraman that wanted to do a story on the water issues in the park.

Wind Cave Happenings, March/April 2008

By Rod Horrocks 5/29/2008

During March and April of 2008, 17 caving trips were taken into off-trail portions of Wind Cave; including 8 trips to the Historic Section, 2 trips to the Club Room Section, 2 trip to the North Section, 2 trips to the Southern Comfort Section, 2 trips to the Half Mile Hall Section, and 1 trip to the Lakes Section. During 11 survey and inventory trips, cavers surveyed a total of 3,940 feet or 0.74 miles of passage, with an average survey length of 394 feet per trip. This new survey raised the length of Wind Cave from 127.4 to 128.14 miles. In addition to the 11 survey trips, there were 6 work trips, including: 2 Cosmos Camp set up trips, 1 drip collector repair trip, 1 lake monitoring trip, and 2 resurvey trips, where 504 feet of problem survey was resurveyed.

Wind Cave Weekend I
3/8-9/2008

Rod Horrocks & Duff McCafferty
Rod led a survey trip to the TD and WB surveys in the Historic Section. They surveyed a couple of historic areas near the Frostworks Ledge that had never been surveyed, but had been named Jack Frosts Grotto and Blackmers Slide (named by Alvin McDonald in 1893). Declaring the TD survey finished, they jumped down to the WB survey underneath the Fairgrounds Tour Route, where they surveyed a room they named Avens Court and then a side passage they named Mud Peel Flats. They surveyed 506’ feet for the day, leaving several leads for a future survey.

Tim Moreland, Jim Wilson, & Dave Lambert
Tim led a survey trip to the Loose Screw Room in the Club Room Section to push leads. They named a room the Tennessee Room after the new survey designation they were using, the TN survey. They surveyed 304 feet for the day.

Sandy Kramer, Greg Glazner, & Pat Jablonsky
Sandy led a survey trip to the IZ survey in the Historic Section. They surveyed 185 feet.

Carl Bern, Larry Shaffer, Evan Blackstock, & Andrew Blackstock
Carl led a work trip to the Cosmos Camp in the Southern Comfort Section to install a water collector at Route 66 for his upcoming camp trip. They installed the water collector and partially stocked the camp.

Marc Ohms, Jason Walz, & Marie Curtin 3/12/08
Marc led a work trip to Room Draculum in the Historic Section to reset the water collector.

Marc Ohms & Jason Walz 3/14/08
Marc led a work trip to the Half Mile Hall water collector to replace all of the old equipment.

Chris Amidon, Neal Hines, Tim Deady, & Eric Amidon 3/20/08
Chris led a resurvey trip to the NQ survey in the Historic Section. They resurveyed 304 feet and found numerous leads for a future trip.

Chris Amidon, Neal Hines, Tim Deady, & Eric Amidon 3/21/08
Chris led a resurvey trip to finish the NQ survey in the Historic Section. They resurveyed 200 feet and added 95 feet of new survey in a very mazy area.

Wind Cave Weekend II
3/22-23/2008

Rod Horrocks, William Harris, & Jeremy Cook
Rod led a survey trip to the WB survey in the Historic Section. They found a 55-foot deep fissure that had some great fossils in it. They named it the Filimental Fissure. They then began mopping up side leads off of the WK survey, eventually surveying 459 feet for the day. They left numerous leads to return to on a later trip.


Chris Amidon, Neal Hines, & Eric Amidon
Chris led a survey trip to the KY survey in the North Section via the Happy Route. He found that he cut his travel time in half after his last route finding trip to the area. They named the Hazard-Z-Dome and the Happy Zipper while surveying 345 feet. They left some leads for a future trip.

Amy Bern, Andrea Croskrey, & Dave Lambert
Amy led a survey trip to the Foggy Mountain Room in the North Section to push leads. They surveyed 294 feet and left leads for a future trip.

Carl Bern, Andy Armstrong, & Jason Walz
Carl led a work trip to the Cosmos Camp in the Southern Comfort Section to complete the stocking of the new camp. They had to rebuild and strengthen the water collector, which had partially collapsed. They also flagged off the camp in preparation for the upcoming June camp.

Marc Ohms, Jason Walz 3/26/08
Marc led a work trip to the Lakes to retrieve the dye bugs placed in Rebel River and Calcite Lake the month before. They found that the Rebel River was bright green and Calcite Lake was slightly green, confirming the suspected connection between What the Hell, Rebel River, and Calcite Lake.


Jason Walz, Roger Harris, & Cassie Nelson
Jason led a survey trip to the BB survey in the Club Room Section to push a tight fissure lead. Because Jason got stuck in the slot for awhile, they only ended up surveying 84 feet for the day.


Wind Cave Weekend I
4/12-13/2008

Rod Horrocks, Roger Harris, & Duff McCafferty
Rod led a survey trip back to the Fissure Kingdom area in the Historic Section. They surveyed down a virgin bellycrawl until it got too tight for most of the group. Turning their attention to some virgin leads off of the Boxcutter and Tiller Rooms, they surveyed down some fissures until they belled out in the ceiling of the Candlelight Tour Route. They left survey stations at the bottom lip of these fissures where the opened into the ceiling of the Candlelight Tour. Returning to Fissure Kingdom, they discovered seven gastropods, identifying that area as the second best gastropod area known in the cave. They then surveyed into several more fissures off of that room which also connected into the Candlelight Tour Route. They left tags that could be tied into from below. The surveyors then took the long route down to the Candlelight Tour, where they connected all of the fissures into the lower surveys with their Disto laser. Rod had always wondered about the fissures that couldn’t be climbed too that are in the ceiling of the Candlelight Tour. He now knew where they went. The group had a blast while surveying 725 feet for the day and leaving some leads for a future trip.

Wind Cave Weekend II 4/26-27/2008

Jason Walz, Andy Armstrong, & Merrell Hoveskeland
Jason led a survey trip to the Master Room in the Half Mile Hall Section to push leads. They surveyed some virgin passages above the Master Room and closed some walking sized cut-a-rounds and loops near the room for a total of 668 feet. They left some tight leads for someone else to push.

 

Wind Cave Happenings, May/June 2008
By Rod Horrocks 7/31/2008

During May and June of 2008, 16 caving trips were taken into off-trail portions of Wind Cave; including 8 trips to the Historic Section, 3 trip to the North Section, 2 trips to the Club Room Section, and 1 trip each to the Half Mile Hall, Southern Comfort, & Lakes Sections. During 13 survey and inventory trips, cavers surveyed a total of 4,993 feet or 0.94 miles of passage, with an average survey length of 384 feet per trip. This new survey raised the length of the Wind Cave survey from 128.04 to 128.98 miles. The first cave camp in nearly 36 years took place at the newly established Camp Cosmos during June. In addition to the 13 survey trips, 3 photo research and 1 lake monitoring trips were taken.

Chris Amidon, Alyson Carlyle, & Scott Babinowich 5/6/08
Chris led a survey trip to the NZ survey in the Historic Section to mop up side leads. They named a dome the AC Dome after the noticeable air currents. They found some graffiti carved into a wall of a room parallel to Rainbow Falls that said, “East Room”. They surveyed 235 feet for the day and left one lead for a future trip.

Jason Walz, Nikki Fox, & Chris Coates 5/6/08
Jason led an evening survey trip to the NWT survey along the north edge of the Historic Section. They surveyed 219 feet for the evening and left some leads for a future trip.

Wind Cave Weekend I
5/10-11/2008

Rod Horrocks & Roger Harris
Rod led a survey trip to the WK survey area in the Historic Section to continue pushing side leads. Moving a chockstone out of a hole in the floor near WE2, they surveyed down into a series of virgin fissure passages that they named Gypsong, Gypthin, and Gypfang Fissures. They surveyed 400 feet of new cave before moving on to Omaha Avenue where they surveyed an additional 121 feet in a complex spongework maze. They left numerous leads for a future trip.

Tim Moreland, Howard Bartlett, & Barbara Smith
Tim led a survey trip to the Ghost Riders Gulch area in the North Section to push leads. They pushed some leads off of the GR survey for 365 feet for the day.

Jeff Goben, Mary Klaus, & Mike Boyes
Jeff led a survey trip to push leads off of the CI survey in the Club Room Section. They surveyed 190 feet.

Wind Cave Weekend II
5/24-25/2008
Marc Ohms, Rene Ohms, Bonny Armstrong, & Kelly Mathis
Marc led a survey trip to the KK survey in the Half Mile Hall Section to push leads. They surveyed two Upper Middle Level leads for 563 feet.

Marc Ohms, Jason Walz, & Bonny Armstrong
Marc led a work trip to the Lakes to retrieve the dye bugs left in Rebel River and Calcite Lake. Calcite Lake was noticeably green.

Chris Amidon, Alison Carlyle, Scott Babinowich, & Adam Newkirk 6/3/08
Chris led an evening survey trip to the UH survey in the Historic Section to push leads. After being stopped by a 7-inch squeeze, they moved on to the T and NQ surveys where they mopped up 141 feet of passage and loops. Chris promised to return with a non-claustrophobic crew to survey past the squeeze.

Wind Cave Weekend I
6/13-14/2008
Carl Bern, Andrew Blackstock, Evan Blackstock, & Larry Shaffer
Carl led the first camp trip in over 30 years in Wind Cave, to the newly established Camp Cosmos in the Southern Comfort Section. After 8 hours of travel time, they arrived at the camp and surveyed a nearby virgin crawl for 102 feet before calling it a night. The next morning they went out past the Skinner, which they actually found tolerable after a good night sleep, and started surveying leads off of the ER survey. They surveyed some leads heading in a promising direction that had air, but they eventually got too tight. They also found some pools that might represent the water table. The best leads were found near station LLB29B. These had air and led to a fairly complex area. Running out of time, they left numerous leads and their 100-foot tape for the next day. They had surveyed 472 feet for the days efforts. The next morning, Andrew woke up at 4:00 AM because he was violently sick. Carl and Evan volunteered to go through the Skinner and retrieve the 100-foot tape, since it was obvious they wouldn’t be surveying past the Skinner any more on that camp trip. Once back in camp after a quick 1:20 hour jaunt, Larry joined them and they started surveying leads near camp. At 2:00 PM, they picked up Andrew, who was feeling a lot better, and continued pushing nearby leads. All the leads quickly ended until they went to the DOH Room, where they found some unmarked leads. They were able to take a 46 and 56-foot shot in those leads, which helped bring the days total to 591 feet. The next day, they were able to make it out of the cave in 6.5 hours. For the four-day camp, they surveyed a total of 1,165 feet of passage and they are looking forward to their next camp trip this upcoming winter.

Amy Bern, Andrea Croskrey, Dave Lambert, & Philip Bohlmann
Amy led a survey trip to the Foggy Mountain Room in the North Section from the Snakepit Entrance. They named a passage Impeetience Boulevard while surveying 355 feet.

Chris Amidon, Vickie Siegel, & Bill Stone
Chris led a survey trip to the Swiss Cheese Connection area in the North Section to push leads. After making his second trip through the Happy Route, they surveyed 318 feet in some big passages in a very complex area. They named one room Hotel Zebra because one whole wall of the room was zebra rock.

Art & Peg Palmer and Roger Harris
Art led a photo trip to the Club Room to photograph interesting geologic features.

Art & Peg Palmer6/16/08
Art led a geologic research trip to Dynamite Stope in the Historic Section. They mapped and photodocumented paleofill and breccia distribution in the area.

Art & Peg Palmer6/19/08
Art led a geologic research trip to continue mapping and photodocumenting paleofill in the Dynamite Stope area.

Wind Cave Weekend II
6/28-29/2008
Rod Horrocks, Ken Geu, & Roger Haris
Rod led a survey trip to a lead that Ken had found on a previous trip along the WE survey in the Historic Section. Starting at WE3, they surveyed underneath a breakdown block to a fissure lead that was not on the map. Surveying to the NW, they were able to connect with a station in Gypthin Fissure from their 5/10/08 survey trip. Backtracking to the start of the fissure they dropped down to the SE where they intersected the ceiling of the Candlelight Tour Route. Roger scared a ranger half to death who happened to be leading a candlelight tour underneath him as he made that connection. After 232 feet of survey, they returned to the spongework maze from their 5/10/08 trip to continue mopping up that complex area for another 181 feet. They found some spectacular paleofill breccia, which they photographed. Moving on to Omaha Avenue, they surveyed up into a large room that had only been partially surveyed. They named the room the Dental Parlor, after an article they found in an 1895 newspaper that was laying on the floor. They surveyed up an exposed 45-foot high dome, where they were surprised to find evidence of 1895 specimen collecting at the top. They then moved down Omaha Avenue, where they surveyed into another high dome. They were only able to partially survey that dome, leaving a large lead for a future team with climbing gear. They then surveyed a cut-a-round loop before calling it a day. They surveyed 701 feet for the day.

Chris Amidon, Diane Broyhill, Janet Hofman, & Jen Spinelli
Chris led an evening survey training trip to the NP survey to mop up side leads. They mapped 220 feet and named the Curve Cutter and Churtle.

Wind Cave Happenings, July/August 2008

By Rod Horrocks 11/14/2008

During July and August of 2008, 15 caving trips were taken into off-trail portions of Wind Cave; including 9 trips to the Historic Section, 2 trips to the North Section, 2 trips to the Club Room Section, and 2 trips to the Lakes Section. During 10 survey and inventory trips, cavers surveyed a total of 3,026 feet or 0.57 miles of passage, with an average survey length of 275 feet per trip. This new survey raised the length of the Wind Cave survey from 128.98 to 129.55 miles. In addition to the 10 survey trips, 3 recreation trips, and 2 lake monitoring trips were taken.

Chris Amidon & Janet Hofman 7/1/08
Chris led a survey trip to the UV & WU surveys on the western edge of the Historic Section. Chris was able to find a shortcut out to the Happy Route that will shave up to 30 minutes of travel time when traveling to the North Section. However, this new route does involve a couple of tight squeezes. They were able to mop of several side leads in the area for a total of 170 feet.

Marc Ohms & Tom Jarvela 7/9/08
Marc led a work trip to the Lakes to download the dataloggers in the What the Hell. They found that the lake was down slightly while Calcite Lake was up slightly.

Wind Cave Weekend I
7/12-13/2008

Rod Horrocks, Roger Harris, & Kevin Miller
Rod led a survey trip to the Omaha Avenue area to look for leads along the PGD survey in the Historic Section. They surveyed a boneyard maze that they named KATIES ENTANGLEMENT, after an 1896 Katie Stabler signature they found. They then surveyed to the top of a wide 55-foot deep fissure, that they decided must be the top of Big Fish Canyon, but left a going lead they felt would be better entered with rope protection. Returning to the WK survey, they surveyed into a tight fissure for a couple of shots before Roger dropped his digital camera down a 45-foot deep slot. They wrote the camera off and left some going leads when they called it a night. They surveyed 659 feet for the day.

Chris Amidon, Kali Leitheiser, & Tom Jarevla
Chris led a survey trip to push leads past the very tight Brunnhildes Delight squeeze in the Historic Section. They found that the N.O.L.S. group that had originally discovered the area had left carbide arrows absolutely everywhere. They named the largest room HOLLOW EARTH and surveyed 252 feet of side passage off of this room, leaving several leads for a future trip.

Chris Amidon, Tom Jarvela, Lindsay Heinrich, Andreas Keodora, Scott Babinowich, & Ingrid Sensor 7/18/08
Chris led a recreation trip to the Bishop Fowlers Loop.

Chris Amidon, Marvin Achtenby, Janet Hofman, Jen Spinelli, Whitney Reary, & Kali Leitheiser 7/21/08
Chris led a recreation trip to the Bishop Fowlers Loop.

Marc Ohms & Scott Caesar 7/30/08
Marc led a work trip to the lakes to install an In-Situ multi-probe logger in What the Hell lake. This probe will continuously record Temperature, water level, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, turbidity, and pH. They found What the Hell up slightly since the previous trip.

Wind Cave Weekend II
7/26-27/2008

Chris Amidon, Janet Hofman, Jen Spinelli, & Courtney Lloyd
Chris led an evening survey trip to the Drool Cave and Swiss Cheese Connection areas in the North Section. They found lots of zebra rock in a complex area. They surveyed 206 feet for the evening and left some leads for a later trip.

Rod Horrocks, Alison Caryle, tom Schneller, & Billy bob Reef 7/1/08
Rod led a survey training trip to the PGB survey just off the Candlelight Tour Route in the Historic Section. While on their way to the first lead, they found Roger Harris’ camera that he had dropped down a 45-foot fissure on a 7/12/08 trip. They were surprised to find that it still worked. They spent the afternoon surveying side leads in an area that had lots of gypsum formations. They surveyed 298 feet and left a couple difficult and delicate fissure climbing leads.

Chris Amidon, Tom Jarvela, Adam Newkirk, Tammy Wright, Adria Brown, & Marvin Achtenbey 8/1/08
Chris led a recreation trip to the Club Room Route.

Chris Amidon, Tom Jarvela, Kali Leitheiser, & April Oesterling 8/5/08
Chris led a survey trip back to the Swiss Cheese Connection area in the North Section. They traveled through the Happy Route to the North Section, which took them 1.5 hours to arrive at their destination. Surveying into a climb, they found a large room they named the Rite of Spring, which had virgin passages radiating in all directions. They surveyed a pit lead that eventually connected into the KY survey. They survey 576 feet for the day and left lots of leads for a future trip.

Wind Cave Weekend I
8/9-10/2008

Sandy Kramer & Pat Jablonsky
Sandy led a survey trip to the Chert Room in the Historic Section where they surveyed a fissure they named the Depression Room after they found a 1929 signature. They surveyed 91 feet for the day.

Chris Amidon, Meredith Rice, Charlie Baker, & Diane Broyhill
Chris led a survey trip to the Star Café area in the Historic Section. They mopped up several small leads for 191 feet.

Wind Cave Weekend II
8/23-24/2008

Christa Schneider, Dave Lambert, Rick Speaect, & Talon Speaect
Christa led a survey trip to the BBA survey in the Club Room Section. They surveyed 73 feet and took a 360 degree photo of the Club Room.

Rod Horrocks & Ken Geu
Rod led an afternoon survey trip to the WK survey in the Historic Section. They started surveying passages at the end of the WK survey that dropped down and reconnected to the Candlelight Tour Route. They found one nice virgin area that surprisingly ended after 97 feet. They surveyed a total of 255 feet for the day, leaving a few leads for a future trip.

 

During November and December of 2008, 12 caving trips were taken into off-trail portions of Wind Cave; including 7 trips to the Historic Section, 2 trips to the Lakes Section, 1 trip to the Club Room Section, 1 trip to the North Section, and 1 trip to the Half Mile Hall Section. During 6 survey and inventory trips, cavers surveyed a total of 1,985 feet or 0.37 miles of previously unsurveyed passage, with an average survey length of 331 feet per trip. During two of those survey trips, 385 feet of problem survey was also resurveyed. The new survey raised the length of the Wind Cave survey from 129.77 to 130.14 miles.

Jason Walz, Dan Austin, Jean Krejca, & Peter Sprouse 11/05/2008
Jason led a group of biologists to the lakes in Wind Cave to conduct a biotic inventory that was looking for macroinvertebrates.

Jason Walz, Jean Krejca, & Peter Sprouse 11/07/2008
Jason led the group of biologists back to the lakes in Wind Cave to continue their biotic inventories.

Wind Cave Weekend I 11/08-09/2008

Jim Wilson, Tim Moreland, Joeff Goben, & Dave Schmitz
Jim led a survey trip to the GB and MZ surveys south of the Coke Room in the North Section. They mopped up several leads for 328 feet and left a couple of tight leads for the future generation.

Rod Horrocks, Ken Geu, & Dan Austin
Rod led a photography trip to do multi-flash photos in some of the big rooms in the Historic Section of Wind Cave. The group took numerous photos in the Tabernacle, Pearly Gates, Amphitheater, and the Red Clay Room.

Marc Ohms & Dan Austin 11/20/2008
Marc led a resurvey trip to the RO survey in Rome in the Historic Section. They resurveyed 230 feet of the former 1973 survey.

Wind Cave Weekend II 11/23/2008

Jason Walz, Sara Booth, Larry Shaffer, & Tami Motif
Jason led a survey trip to the Disappointment Chamber in the Historic Section where they resurveyed part of the NWT survey for 155 feet and surveyed an additional 186 feet of unsurveyed passages.

Jason Walz, Jason Rhodes, Curtis Coker, Aaron Nellen, Brian Smith, & Leroy Olson 12/12/2008
Jason Walz led the remainder of the cave lighting crew on another Bishop Fowlers Loop to orient them with off-trail travel in Wind Cave.

Wind Cave Weekend I 12/13/2008

Jason Walz, Dan Austin, & Nick Smith
Jason led a survey trip to the Master Room in the Half Mile Hall Section. Their goal was to push the edge of the cave to the south. They surveyed a series of previously scooped leads, some of which were not shown on the map for 802 feet. They left going leads for a future trip.

Rod Horrocks, Roger Harris, & Duff McCafferty
Rod led a survey trip to Browns Canyon in the Historic Section to push side leads. Beginning at TT8, they found several previously unentered middle level fissures and belly crawls off of this well traveled canyon. They surveyed 548 feet for the day, leaving a going walking lead to come back to for their next trip.

Dave Lambert, Jim Wilson, & Amy Englert
Dave led a survey trip to the MP survey in the Coke Room area in the North Section. They surveyed 121 feet and left a going lead at a tear-dropped shaped constriction that was too tight for anyone on the group.

Jason Walz, Marc Ohms, Dan Austin, Jill Jaworski, Lou Jahrling, & Matthew Chuvarsky 12/17/2008
Jason led members of the Interpretation and Visitor Protection Divisions on the Wild Cave Tour to introduce them to cave search and rescue work in Wind Cave.

Jason Walz, Dan Austin, Jamie Yellowthunder, & Jim Petro 12/18/2008
Jason led the cave lighting maintenance crew on the Bishop Fowlers Loop to orient them with off-trail travel in Wind Cave.

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