Wind Cave Happenings, January-June 2010
By Rod Horrocks 6/7/2010
From January through June of 2010, 21 caving trips were taken into off-trail portions of Wind Cave; including 12 trips to the Historic Section, 3 trips to the North Section, 2 trips to the Club Room Section, 2 trips to the Lakes Section, and 2 trips to the Half Mile Hall Section. During 14 survey and inventory trips, cavers surveyed a total of 4,175 feet or 0.79 miles of previously unsurveyed passage, with an average survey length of 298 feet per trip. During 2 resurvey trips, 314 feet of problem surveys was also resurveyed, with an average length of 157 feet per trip. The new survey raised the length of the Wind Cave survey from 133.24 to 134.03 miles.
Wind Cave Weekend I 1/9/2010
Dave Lambert, Matthew Luckwitz, & Derek Bristol
Dave led a survey trip to the SD survey in the North Section. They surveyed 472 feet while wrapping up several leads and left one lead for a later trip.
Marc Ohms and Jason Walz 1/15/2010
Marc led a resurvey trip to the Capitol Hall climb in the Historic Section. The resurveyed 178 feet of the C* survey, tying into the Bishop Fowlers Loop.
Rod Horrocks, Matthew Chuvarsky, & Josh Nelson 1/20/10
Rod led a resurvey trip to the WB and AW surveys in the Historic Section. They named a large unnamed room along the AW survey Barnacle Heights while resurveying 136 feet and adding 110 feet of new survey to those two surveys.
Wind Cave Weekend II 1/23/2010
Jason Walz, Matthew Chuvarsky, Julie Rice, & Kelly Brownson
Jason led a survey trip to the north edge of the Historic Section to continue surveying side leads. They named the Duty Belt and the Keeper while surveying 206 feet. They left leads to return to.
Marc Ohms, Andy Long & Joel Petersen 2/3/2010
Marc led a work trip to the Wild Cave Tour Route and Room Draculum in the Historic Section to install rain gauges drip loggers with some USGS folks.
Wind Cave Weekend I 2/13/2010
Dave Lambert, Andrew Blackstock, Dan Mottinger, & Noah Walcutt
Dave led a survey trip to the Boob Room area and the KYL survey in the North Section to push leads. They wrapped up several for 342 feet of survey, leaving several leads for a future trip.
Jim Wilson, Tim Moreland, Skip Withrow, & Geoff Chilcot
Jim led a survey trip to the Hornets Nest area in the Club Room Section to push leads. They surveyed some tight previously unentered leads for 157 feet.
Jason Walz 2/17/2010
Jason worked on a resketch of the Bishop Fowlers Loop in the Historic Section for a new map of that route.
Wind Cave Weekend II 2/27/2010
Rod Horrocks, Roger Harris, Ken Geu, & Janice Tucker
Rod led a survey trip to the PRC survey in the Historic Section to push the eastern edge of Wind Cave. They named the area the Peoples Republic of China and pushed everything that was enterable. After surveying 97 feet, they moved on to the AT survey and surveyed a lower level crawl to a large unnamed room they named the Dagger Room. They discovered a 19th century script specimen label written in pencil that was very interesting. They then finished surveying a room that they named the Sewing Room and then mapped several side passages. They surveyed an additional 613 feet in a couple of areas, leaving leads to return to on their next trip.
Jason Walz, Dean Faust, Nick Smith, & Matthew Chuvarsky
Jason led a survey trip to the Masters Room in the Half Mile Hall Section. They surveyed 455 feet and left several climbing leads.
Marc Ohms, Jason Walz, and Tami Motif 3/9/2010
Marc led a work trip to the Lakes Section to record lake levels and collect water samples for Dr. Hazel Barton's microbiology project.
Wind Cave Weekend I 3/13/2010
Andrea Croskrey, Derek Bristol, & Mary Klaus
Andrea led a survey trip to the Cactus Patch area in the Half Mile Hall Section to push a series of nine previously identified leads. They surveyed 344 feet and completed all of their leads.
Jim Wilson, Tim Moreland, & Geoff Chilcott
Jim led a survey trip back to the Hornets Nest area in the Club Room Section to continue pushing leads. They found that the connection passage was too tight, but they were able to survey 223 feet in a few leads.
Jason Walz and Tami Motif 3/24/2010
Jason led a work trip to complete the sketch of the Bishop Fowlers Loop.
Wind Cave Weekend II 3/27/2010
Rod Horrocks, Mike Hartwig, Carolyn Zalewske, & Tera Bouchard
Rod led a survey training trip to the AT and LK surveys in the vicinity of the Golden Rope Room in the Historic Section. They named a nice canyon area they found the Blue Light District while surveying 419 feet.
Jason Walz and Tami Motif
Jason led a survey trip to the Wind Tunnel area in the Historic Section. They named a low room the Pancake Matrix while surveying 213 feet.
Marc Ohms & Jason Walz 5/3/2010
Marc led a work trip to the Lakes Section to record lake levels and grab Dr. Andreas Pflitsch's data loggers.
Wind Cave Weekend I 5/8/2010
Dave Lambert, Matthew Luckwitz, & Eric Blood
Dave led a survey trip back to the Boob Room area in the North Section to continue pushing the leads left from their last trip. They surveyed 254 feet.
Jason Walz, Tami Motif, Adam Weaver, & Matthew Pence
Jason led a survey trip to the Way Back Room in the Historic Section. They named a room Janice Palace while surveying 156 feet.
Wind Cave Weekend II 5/24/2010
Jason Walz, Tami Motif, & Adam Weaver
Jason led a survey trip back to the Way Back Room in the Historic Section. They named an area of crawls Central Air while surveying 124 feet.
Marc Ohms & Andy Long 5/27/2010
Marc led a work trip to the Wild Cave Tour and Room Draculum in the Historic Section to download dataloggers. The cave was dripping an impressive amount of water after the 100-year rain event.