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Alaskan Caver
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Alaskan Caver
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Pease, Chuck
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Contents: Glacier Caving -- President's Corner -- Cavers Visit Cave Lake -- Ice Cave Glory Melting Away -- IGS Team Reaches Dome -- Glacier Grotto Officers -- Cave Legislation is on Hold -- Newsbriefs -- Additions to Membership List -- Meeting Notes -- Roaring Road Cave -- Illusion Pit -- Conk Canyon Cave -- Divorce Cave -- Little Helictite Cave -- Pull the Plug Cave -- Three Princesses Cave -- Snowhole -- Kit 'n' Kaboodle Cave -- Savage Shaft -- Lakeview Cave -- No-See-Um Cave -- Goose Chase Cave.
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Vol. 13, no. 4 (1993)
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The Alaskan Caver published by the Glacier Grottoo 192 1 Congress Circle, Apt. B, Anchorage AK 99507 Dalene T. Perrigo Editor 0 Copywrite 1993 Volume 13 Number 4 October 1993 Table of Contents 3...,..GLACIER CAVING 3...,.PRESIDENT'S CORNER 4...,..CAVERS VISIT CAVE LAKE 5 ....... ICE CAVE GLORY MECLTING AWAY 6...,..IGS TEAM RUCHES DOME 7...,.,GLACIER GROTTO OFFICERS 8 ....... CAVE LEGISLATION IS ON HOLD 9 ....... NEWSBRIEFS lO,......ADDITTONS to MEMBERSHIP LIST lQ.......MEETING NOTES 11 ....... ROARING ROAD CAVE f 2.,,...FLLUSION PIT I3 ....... CONK CANYON CAW 14 ....... DTVORCE CAVE f 4 ....... LITTLE HELICT'ITE CAVE lS.......PWLL THE PLUG CAVE 15 ....... THREE PRINCESSES CAVE 16 ....... SNOWHOLE 18 ....... KIT 'N' KAROODLE CAVE 20 ....... SAVAGE SmFT ZO..,....LAREVTEW CAVE 2 1 ....... NO-SEE-UM CAVE 2l,...,GOOSE CHASE CAVE CoverP~oto:FmrnGlacier Photocredit:JayRockwell rhe ALASKAN CAVER (ISSN 0735-048 1) is the intermittent publication of the Glacier Grotto of the National Speleological Society (NSS). Back issues are available from the Glacier Grotto secretary for 52 each. Materials not copyrighted by individuals or by other groups may be used by NSS publications provided credit is given to the author and The Alaskan Caver. Send contributions to The Alaskan Caver, Editor, 1921 Congress Cir.., Apt. B. Anchorage, AK 99507. Qpinlons ase not nemsbly those of The Ala~kan Cavcr, the Glacier Grotto or the NSS. Proven errors wf I1 be corrected in pint Annual dues are $ I5 for a single and $20 for a family membership. Alaskans included in thc membership fee. For an additional $8, six Cavers will be sent by airmail ao overseas addresses. Institutionat subscriptions are 520 pcr volume. Send dues to Glacier Grotto trmurcr. Anchorage meetings: Call Eric Rapprt for details. (907)561-5700, Ketchikan Meetings: 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month at the Alaqka Public Health Service Building, 3054 Fifth Ave., Ketchikan. Fairbanks: Call Mike Mauser for details. (907)456-6953 2 October 1993 The Alaskan Caver President: Wm. Harvey Bowers 305 S. Bartlett Circle Wasilla, AK 99654 hm: 376-2294 wk: 373-2290 Vice Presidents: Northern: Michael. Mauser 1466 Carr Avenue Fairbanks, AK 99709 hm: 456-6953 wk: 452-1414 Southcentral: Eric Rapport 4640 Business Park BIvd, B1dg.D Anchorage, AK 99503 hm: wk: 56 1-5700 South East: Gary Somenkg 1377 Pond Reef Road Ketchikan, AK 99901 h: 243-1557 wk: 247-1559 Secretary: Julius Rockwell, Jr. 2944 Emory Street Anchorage, AK 99508-4466 h: 277-7150 wk: 277-7 150 Treasurer: Rachael H. Mays 1 8 1 3 Bannister Road Anchorage. AK 99508 h: 276-0138 wk: 564-5220 Conservation: Jim Ferguson P.O. Box 20908 Juneau, AK 99802 bm: 463-2690 wk: 465-5365 Cave Rescue: Steve Lewis: P.Q. Box 83715 Fairbanks, AK 99708 hm: 479-7257 wk: 479-7257 NCA Repslesentative: Dave Minger P.O. Box 537 Leavenworth, WA 98826 hm:509/548-5480 wk:509/548-5480 Program Chairman: John Jansen 78 14 Raymar Circle Anchorage, AK 995 18 hm: 344-4402 wk: 344-4402 The Alaslcan Caver: Dalene T. Perrigo 1921 ConCircZe, Apt. B Anchorage, AK 99507 hm: 344-3290 wk 5221096 Tongass Cave Project: Kevin Allred P.O. Box 376 Haines, AK 99827 Alaska pr.efix is 9M Volurnc 13 Nurnhcr 4


August 15, 1993 Mikp Mauser; Cynthia Waldron and Dave Street. Photo credit: H. Bowers. Oct. 24-26 Cave Conservatioflcstoration Workqhop. Carls bad Caverns National Park, (303)370-6473. NOT. 2 Executive Council meting at noon. 277-7 1 50. All members wecome Nov. 5-7 Oregon Cave restoration, Mike Compton at (206)535-5 144. Nov. 24-28 Hells Canyon, Idaho. Geology trip. J.Nieland at ((206123 1-4298. Dec. 4 Glacier Grotto potluck and party. 6 p.m. at Alaskan Agate Bed and Breakfast Community Room, 4725 Benich Circle, Wasilla. Phone 373-2290 Volumc 1 3 Number 4 GLACIER CAVING PROVIDES BEAUTY AND CHALLENGES by Hawey Bowers It's Rice to be able to give a cave location without worrying about what damage may befall the cave. With glacier caving we can freely disclose Iocations and publish photos of gIacier caves that are unrivaled in their beauty. We need ody stress the dangers in gIacier caving. Glacier caves can be defined as a cave within a glacier or snowfield which lasts from year to year. In early literature you might see "Glacieses or Freezin~ Caverns*', referring to caves that remain 'below freezing or persistence of ice in caves. Man has probably been interested in entering glacier caves abut as long as he has entered caves. We how man exwlored for rniIes underfmt survey of Byron Glacier Cave near Portage. Byron Glacier caves have since become some of the most famous glacier caves in the world, probably due to their easy access from Anchorage more than any other reason, Byron Glacier is located in a steep walled valley that is very prone to both rock and snow avalanches. There are generally caves in the snow slides (avalanche shootsf. Some years there is a tunnel in the main glacier, plus obsmction caves along the sides of he glacier. The caves have been on the coves of The Alaska Caver seven different times; won the Black and White NSS photo salon in 1973; were featured in Japanese magazines in the late 1970~~ Gazeta de Manzesa (Spain) in 1977, Continued on page 4 PRESIDENT'S CORNER ground when severe conditions prevailed. The Tlingit Indians of Southeast Alaska have a legend that their canoes were blocked by a wall of ice and a raven went through a tunnel and gained passage. The first issue of the Alaska Caver, over TO years ago, reported on Chuck Pea.%" 2, la) by ha me^ Bowers 1 think he primary function ofa grono should be to caves along a,y investigations so that future generations might ,,joy he same experiences that we do. The greatest dmger to caves in Alaska is undoubtedly the cutTZZKiGd on page 16 The Alaskan Caver Octobe~ 1993 3


Continued from page 3 Generally, the best time to swarmed by snow fleas, almost Reports of the Kwansei visit the eaves is in the falI after equivaIent to an Alaska mosGakuin Universie in 1978 freeze up but before there is quito swarm. d1979-.5,1w and covered through photos in Alaska Magazine. Tbe caves have also had their share of near tragedies. In the early 1970s I was involved in rescuing two people on different occasions when they got too close to the edge of Iarge collapsed rmms and they slid into the ice fractures. enough snow for avalanche danger. Even in the fall the caves can be extremely dangerous due to ice fall. A few years ago Curvin Metzler, Bob HaUinen and myself had a close call in a steep side passage. We beard a loud roar (avalanche?) then a crash. We looked up the passage and saw huge ice bouIders coming at us. Luckily we were able to ProbabIy all glaciers have at least a small glacier cave. Other notable Alaskan caves that have been explored extensively are the kmon Glacier Cave on the Juneau Icefield and the Kicking Horse Glacier Cave near Haines. The NationaI Park Service and National Geographic have also published some spectacular photos of caves in Glacier National Park. There have been numerous take shelter at the side of the This is the the to go glacier injuries from falls and falling Passage. caving but please be careful and ice. It is truly amazing that Byron Glacier Cave has the go with someone who has been people have not been distinction of possibly being the there previously. The potential he re a the a re a is only lacation for sighting ice for accidents is great even if you heavily vi sited during the woms during the winter. Also, do everything right, and YOU summer when the cave enin the early 1970s in the main don't want to end up like the ice trance is most unstable. glacier stream passage we were man. CAVERS VISIT CAVE LAKE CAVE by Carlene AM Our assemblage of post-POWIE cavers and local cavers here in Haines, coupled with a record dry summer, could only mean a trip to our local cave to check the sump level. The 292 foot long Cave Lake Cave drains Cave (Herman) Lake and is located northeast of Haines in the Klehini River Drainage (see Alaskan Caver Vo1.5#4,6#3,7#2). August 10, 6993, was yet another warm sunny day and the roads were incredibly dusty. Steve Lewis and Darcy ZeiZ followed behind our great dust cloud until Steve's vehicle suddenly quit. Kevin (Allred) and Steve stayed to work on it while F drove Darcy and Ella, Seren, Flint and Forrest (Allred) to the lake. Parking above we descended the short, but steep trail down to the picturesque lakeshore. A large triangular cave entrance opens into the rnarbIe chfT that drops to the shoreline. We found the cave temperature was unbelievably warm making it shirt sleeve weather. Tbe water level was much lower than usual, revealing new passages for us to explore. One, still ended in a sump but the other terminated in a deep pool with a definite air space. Apparently warm outside air was sucked into the cave, which is a good sign for sump pushers. After initial investigation we returned outside to cool off by wading in the lake. WhiIe we ate our lunch the men arrived, having hot-wired the truck. Kevin went inside and collected some wiggly critters from the stream for Kent Carlson. While Kevin watched our three-yex-old, Steve, Darci and T resurveyed the main cave passages, adding profiles and the new areas. (An updated map is available) After donning drysuits and coveralls, we headed for the sump that was now an open PI. We swam through the ample airspace into a chamber beyond. Unfortunately, it ended in a sump. We had an enjoyable swim, though, and Ella Imked on jealously, wishing that drysuits were available in her size. Still wearing our dry suits, Darci, Steve and I went swimming in Cave Lake. 4 Qctober 1993 The Maskan Caver Volume 1 3 Number 4


Ice cave glory oh Rainier all but gone By Paul Shukodcy P-l Reaorter Mount Rarnier's ice caves, at one time the most extensive known in the world, haw all but dasappeared with the retreat of the once-mighly Paradise and Stevens glacters Thousands of visitors used Ea trek to the enormous caverns lit by an eerle blue glow as sunljght filtered through snow and Ice. But on a sunny day last week. just a handful oi h~ kers walked the 2,75 rn~les from Paradise to the glaciers' sad remnants Once honeycombed by at least 14 miles of caves with names like Su~clde Passage and Paradise Lost, the remaining Ice mass IS about 30 kt thrsk at ~ts hl~hest point and just a few hundred yards long Instde are a scant few passages. The carliest written record of the caves was made around the turn or the century In books such as "The Mountain That was God In thc 1920s. a gulde scwrrc provrded popular lours into the Paradise Ice Caves If necessav. the service would use dynarn~te to blow open entrances to the caves if they were covered by hear?' snow Volume 1 3 Number 4 SEPTEMBER 8,1992 35 cents melting away A fen openings tha: rcmaln along thc snoul and flank ol Lhc lcr mass pror~dr accpss to what's left ol the caves lnslde. thc beau~lf'ul stalactittls. p~llars and other Ice tosmatibnrare gone. All that IS leR arr tunnels with blursh. scalloped walls and th~n roofs thal rould collapse at any moment Intrep~d cave explorer Charles Anderson Jr.. in dozens of' trips during the 1960s and 1970s. mapped the maze of tunneis. HIS report speaks of numerous streamlets that cu~ the caves thmugh the ice the same streams that converge to form the Parad~se Rrver and Stevens Creek. To study the caves. Anderson braved the hazards of falling ice blocks welghzng several tons and sudden ttdal waves of ice water rushing through pitch black tunnels. In Februav 1%. Anderson. h~s wife Edith and another man were returning from the caves when they were caught by a blinding whiteout of snow. Edltl~. 22. died of hypothemia. Anderson, continued h~s explorartons until 1975 and wrote a scientific report describing the cave system. saying it was the most extensive In the world Most of the Big Room, a virtual cathedml under the ice, caved in in 1959 and 1970. The two decades since have brought steady deterioration. In the fall of 1991, the ceiling of the last large cave finally collapsed. according to Tahoma. a Natlonal Park Sewice newsletter. Today, hikers who make the relallvely easy three-hour round tnp trek to the remnant caves are rewarded by stunning vistas of the Tatoosh Range with Mount Adams and Mount St Helens looming in the distance. Numerous wildflower species grace the subalpine meadows. And those who remain alert could well be rewarded by glimpses of black bear. elk, deer and rnarnlol Signs are posted near the caves to warn the curious. "Caut~on. Hazard near ice caves. Collapsing snow over caves and rivers. Fall~ng rock Changeable weather." Ice caves: A new vista to the outside Cast week. two German tourists were not deterred by the danger. Burkhard Schickleng and Gndrea Th~ele had read a gu~de tn Germany that described the sound of the winds "sing~ng" through the caves. "We didn't hear it." said Schicklang. But he was not disappointed by Mount Ra~aier. "Moon country." he sad as he shuffled atong the trail of gray glacial till and looked out aver the barren rnarajnes. "It is vem beaut~ful." ICE ChYE OF PARADFSL GLACIER RhIHIEP MAlIOMAL PARK W~SMlWGlOH F printed courtesy of the Seattle Post-lnleltig en[ I The Ala~kan Caver October 1993 5


IGSTEAM REACHES DOME of MT. ST. HELENS (Wash.) by Mark Lahrman ReprintedPuger Sound Caver Vol. 2, N0.9 Once you ate within an hours walk of the dome Sepr. 1992. Edited with approval of D. Paasch you really become aware of the continuing avaIanche activity coming off the three remaining craAs all of us in the Puget Sound Grotto know our ter walls. If you are one to get spoked easily I'd beloved leader and chairman of the International suggest you not go into the crater. The nxk slides GlaciospeIeological Survey, Charles H. Anderson are noisy and nearly continuous. They often look Jr., ha an ongoing love affair with Mt. St. Helens like they are headed right for you but usually stop and trying to reach the ice caves behind the dome. well short of being a real danger. There is the pThere were only three of us malcing the trip June 27, 1992, Charlie, Doug Paasch and myself. Shortly after 0800 hours Charlie unlocked the gate. The weather was looking good, except for a haze that would last all day. We made Luwitt Falls in about 1 112 hours, stopped for a break and began our assent off the trail. It took us a good two hours to climb the rim and get to the point where we actuaUy started down into the crater proper and let me tell you it was a very strenuous and dfiicull climb. Once we reached the inner rim and looked out onto the crater the sight of the dome was dramatic. It didn't look it, but the dome was still over two hours away. It was past noon and the heat was a big factor in out progress, not to mention the rapid rate we were using our water' The dome itself was very impressive even from this distance and it was venting gas fumes or steam which it continued to do in increasing amounts as the day progressed. OR the rim and into the throat, the way is smw with varying sizes of pumice, sometimes arranged to resemble stone walls. Doug named the major one, The Great WaU of China. We discovered four streams in the throat; two of which are hot. tential for disaster if someone were to loose their head and panic. At the dome, we made a major find. Less than 300 yards on the west was a bugh cave entrance. Charlie figured it was 40 feet wide and 30 feet tall. This was a sock cave and not a glacier cave. We wanted to check it out but there was tm much slide activity around it to make it a reasonably safe venture this time of year. By now it was going on five o'clock and while our objective was the ice caves on the south wall the decision was reached to head back down. One reason was that we were at least two hours from the south wall. Secondly, we had to pass a narrow gap between the dome and the west wall, and the slide activity was making it a risky passage even in daylight, If we continued we would not be out until dark, meaning we could not visuaIIy track slide activity. Once back on Lowitt Trail we watched a lightning storm light up the crater and heard thunder roll off its massive waIIs. The ensuing light rain shower was a welcome relief, ma~emomommo~oeo~me~moomaeommam~aoeooommmo~~mmoemm~~~~emom "We had mare trips this summer (1993) and mice made ir ro rke caves. The reports should be out this winter sometime. DOHE Paasch, ed PSC 6 October 1993 The Alaskan Caver Volume 13 Numk 4


GLACIER GROTTO OFFICERS by Dalene Perrigo PresidentHa~eyBowersstarted Montana and Wyoming. Toward E caving 33 years ago in caves near the family's West Virginia fann. the end of the decade, he returned to Alaska caving and was on the When he came to ~laska in 197 1, initial cave tslps to the Wrangell he combined his love of caving Mountains. with his geology studies at~~aski Methodist University, using I0 FTlDCC OI Wi Byron and Lemon Glacier caves , ., ., a; topics for college papers. With n geology degree: (1973) in hand, he did hydrological studies for the Bowers made two caving trips n-*---'"'-lies Island and one 10 me rn~uox. Island of St. Paul during the 1980s, plus side tips to Texas and CaIifornia, Austral'-.. J -7 ..Zealand and the rm. US ~eological Survey and 'la a"a vvew NORTECFluor Engineers. United Kingdc During the 1970s he also spent Among the wonders seen in the a four month period caving in Caverns and pits of the world* things I have experienced in cavEurope and a few months explor"'The New Zealand glow worms ing," he says when reminiscing ing under~round chambers in are probably the most interesting Continued on col. 1, page 8 Secretary Julius (Jay) Rockwell Jr. went into his first cave. Howe Caverns. New York. Treasurer Rachael ~ays can hardly wait to gel underground again. "Actually the last caving I did was three years ago in New Zealand." she says almost apologetically. "1 was pregnant at the time, and had difficulty getting through some of the crawl spaces." A petroleum engineer with British Petroleum, Mays graduated from the Colorado School of Mines. She worked for BP in Texas before transferring to in the late 1920s or early 1930s. and interagency coordination in Brief visits to two wild caves in Washington, D.C., Edwin Power the Berkshire mountains set the introduced him to the caverns of hook. However, he became disWest Virginia and much-needed tracted by his studies in Phillips adventures. Shortly after kcomAndover, University of Michigan ing an NSS member, he was trans(BS in Zoology in 19401, World ferred to Alaska (1970) to moniWar I1 (six years in the Pacific), tor pipeline construction. Dr. WilUniversity of Washington (Ph.D. liam Halliday and Jim Hedges rein Fisheries) and eight years in cruited him to be chairman of the Research and Development in Alaska Cave Area Conservation fisheries instrumentation in SeTask Force. Charles Pease had atattle. At the end of that period, he ready started The Alaska Caver discovered some small caves on before leaving the state so it was Orcas Island in Washington's San quite natural hat the Task Force Juan Islands, During, eight years take it over. of oceanographic instrumenlation Continued on vol. 2, page g went spelunking for he first time, an introduction that developed into a popular leisure-time activity. '?t was much rnm informal (than in Alaska)," she says. 'You could go on the spur of the moment and within 12 hours be in the caves north east of Monteray j, Mexico or at Caclsbad, NM Once she discovered the chalfoundexcusestogQundergmund l~-New~alandhastounsrcaves in the Guadalupes of New Mexico, to Nevada,, Wind Cave that might well be labeled Tourist Alaska. Wbile in Houston she in Colorado and Down Under. Cnntinued in Cnl. 1. onee R Volume 13 Number 4 The Alaskan Caver October 1993 7


Bowers from paw 7 Rockwell from page 7 about caving cxpesiences. With the strong support of EDITORS MOTES '7 think out greatest challenge in the Glacier Grotto, besides trying to act as an organized organization, is to hy to explore Prince of Wales Island without damaging the caves or pmmoting them to the point they are destroyed," he says. Bowers and his wife own Alaskan Agate Bed & Breakfast Inn in WasiIla and he is completing technicaI research that could develop into another business. CoE. David Klinger and Merry and Phil Duncan he was able to get the Glacier Grotto chartered in T 978 with Rich Hall as new editor. About that time Joe Head found the caves of the Chitistone, but it was not until 1984 that Rockwell got into Black Star Cave. This was his first "serious" verticaI caving experience, and it seemed ironic that this would happen so late in life (when he was 66). Soon after this longest-cave-in-the-state This space (plus the rest of the page) was reserved for the other Glacier Grotto officers the three vice presidents. I didn't tahze they were so bashful, but not one sent a picture. How about next month? In a recent conversation with Janet Thome, a memkr of the NSS Conservation Committee, she reiterated the NSS concern abut the Lechuguilla Cave Protection Act. V Mays fmm page 7 record was set, Kevin and "Because of critical conservaBeware," she says. "A cave Carlene Alhd started finding tion issues in California might be like a walk to class longer caves in Southeast oherparu\ofthecountry,,as until the end where there is a *Iaska. To he recave legislation is on the back huge rock with slimy warn runcmited more ~o~le* made arburner," she says. "I don't lolow ning over it or maybe a river to rangements with the Forest Serwhen it will be put on the vice to provide some logistic L~~~~~~ may help. cross in order to get out.'" support and embarked on what But this mother of two young may be the major cave comerDon't forget the Executive children is ready for a new cavvation effort in the country. Council meeting Nov. 2. Coning challenge. ference call arrangements make When was his best caving adit possible for all Alaska Grono "I'm getting anxious to cave venture? He says, "Probably has to participate. If you want again, and hopefully on Prince before Yew 200." to be included give Jay of Wales Island," she adds. Rockwell a call at 277-7150. 2 CAVE LEGISLATION IS OM HOLD regard to the value of the oil and gas resources Senate Bill 1049, the khuguiua Cave Protection which the owners thereof will not be allowed to Act, is in limbo. The Senate Subcommittee on Pubrecover or Pducemrl lic Lands, National Parks and Forests adjourned Krause encourages cavers write to uyourvm the on the in mid Iune and senators expressing support for the protection of "nothing is according lo Joan bchuguilla Cave and Senate Bill 1049. He sugin Frank Anchorgests hat a copy be sent to Jeff B ingaman, 1 10 age offrce. The House Bill passed. Hart Building, Washington, DC 205 10. W.R. 698 is a bill to protect CechuguiEla Cave Addresses for Alaska senators are as follows: and other resources and values in and adjacent to Senator Frank Murkow ski Cartsbad Caverns National Park. 706 Hart Senate Office Building As introduced by Senator Jeff Bingaman (DWashington, D .C. 205 l 0-0202 NM), the senatebill is substantially the same as the Senator Ted Stevens House Bill (HR-698) approved in May, with the 522 Hare Senate Office Building exception of one sentence. says Albert A. Krause. Washington. D.C. 205 10-0201 NSS Chairman of the Conservation Committee. The Senate version includes the following sentence Glacier Grotto secretary has a copy of HR-698 regarding the negoziation of agreemenb to krmiwith map of the Cave Prozection Area. His telenate existing drilling leases: "The Secretary (of phone number is 1907) 277-7150. 8 Octoher 1993 The Alaskan Caver Volume 13 Number4


Heat, skm and ice have created a natural scientific laboratory in a volcanic crater on Mt. St. Helens in Washington state. Through a study sponsored by the International Glaciospeleological Survey, scientists are observing the changes in the crater firn caves located in the ice field behind the lava dome, inside the crater. By periodic observations and resurveys of cave passages, the changes in passage dimensions and locations wiIl be noted. This will enable researchers to detect heat-flow and Emations of volcanic emanation in the Iong term study of the ice field, according to an article in the Puget Sound Caver (Vol2, No. 9, Sept. 1992). Avalanches from the crater walls have resulted in an ice field about I00 feet thick. The size of the caves are a result of the balance between the presence of avalanches and geothermal heat release. Future changes in snow fa11 and thermal activity of the crater will cause corresponding changes in the cave passage dimensions, location and wall ablation features, the article states. This ongoing study is designed for understanding the evolution of the crater firn caves of Mt. St. Helens. Secondly, trends and changes in volcanic activity will be noted though the study. Director of the International Glaciospeleological Survey is Charles H, Anderson. [Anderson's address 547 SW 3WthSt., Federal Way, WA 98023. Phone: (206) 941-4101.] The Cavet Mitor received a copy of "How to Succeed in Caving and Marriage" by Neal R. Bullington. Please send a stamped, self addressed envelope if you would like a copy of this tonguein-cheek article published in Salt Lake Grotto's Inner Mountain News. The article begins with the following paragraph: "lfyou are married to a cave< then you pmbably won't want to read this. But ifyou are in she other 99 percent then perhaps I can prepare you for some of rhe sribulutions that undoubtedly lie ahead. William R. Halliday's article, "Show Caves of South Bass Island, Ohio", was published in the January 1993 issue of Cascade Caver 32(1):7. Other recent publications by Halliday incIude a book containing descriptions of the Mineral King caves, cited on gage 159 of the October 1990 issue of The Explorer, and "More Caves of Kilauea, Hawaii" in the April 1990 issue of S-peleonraph 26(4): 37. The Ketchikan Area Glacier Grotto recently went on record as supporting the Forest Service's decision to place a gate at El Capitan Cave as Eong as the members of the Grotto still have access beyond the gate, Archaeological and speleologicaE signfificance of the cave as well as safety factors for inexperienced cavers, were considered when making the decision. Members of the Grotto look at El Capitan as a gd place to improve caving skills of members and train newcomers to caving but believe it can be done with negIigible impact on the cave. Julius Rockwell requests baIlots from members who have not voted on the proposed By-law changes. If you have not taken the time to stick the bahlot into an envelope and address it to Jay, please do so as soon as possible. The ballot is page 18 of the July issue of The Alaskan Caves. Glacier Grotto member Doreen Baichtal spent her summer tracking bats, according to an article fmm the Anchorage Daily News, Sept. 19, 1993. A graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Baichtal is currently analyzing data she co1Iected on bats in Southeast. The objects of her study range from little brown bats to silver-haired bats, to Keen" bats and California bats. Some of these have not 'been noted in Southeast since 1897. She also checked for bats in Capitan Cave. The results of her fieEd season wiI1 be published next year as a thesis. Volume 13 Number 4 The Alaskan Caver October 1993 9


Continued from page 3 tmg wcurring in Southeast AJaska karst areas. While this has received a lot of attention, maybe now is the time to consider selecting an area and determine what kind of effect logging has on a particular area and its caves. It seems likely that some caves will be greatly impacted and some not so much. Of course, we as a grotto need to concern ourselves on what impact we have on the cave. Also, the disclosure of a Imation to the wrong person can add the final blow to a cave. MEETING NOTES Southeast Southeast Area Glacier Grotto will remain in the Glacier Grotto for at least one more year, according to minutes from the August meeting. The group has periodically discussed the possibility of forming a grotto, but wants a stronger membership base before raking the big step. One of the biggest issues facing the Southeast Area is cave rescue. Training sessions will begin soon. There is strong support among the group for defor 1995, but this one should put us back on schedule, One of my first jobs as President is to appoint a nominating committee for the 1994 election of officers. I know it seem like we iust had the elections Every so often there have been &scussions of starting a grotto in Fairbanks or Southeast Alaska. I personally would like to see those interested in running a grotto step fornard and play an active role in the Glacier Grotto. Possibly someone in Fairbanks or Southeast would be interested in being our next President. velopment of a trained Grotto rescue team rather than depend soIely on Alaska State Troopers in case of an emergency. The following individuals have agreed to serve on the nominating committee. If you are interested in service, please contact one of the following: Members of Southeast Area GG purchased two books from NSS to donate to the local library Executive Council During an Executive Council meeting Oct. 6 in Anchorage, the election of officers was approved, and a report on By-Law changes was delayed until the Nov. 2 meeting.The meetings are open to all members, in person or by telephone. Secretary Jay Rockwell reported four new members and gave reports for several committee heads. Jay agreed to prepare a list of the grottw with which we exchange newsletters. It will be printed in the November newsletter. Mike Mauser, Fairbanks ........ 456-6953 wk Name Address Pd NSS# Hm Tel 'Wk Tel Bowles, Greg PO Box 2352, Bethel AK 99559 93 9071543-53 19 9071543-4570 Esterson, Kris PO Box 753725 Fairbanks AK 99775 94 32255AS 9071474-0369 Zwick, David 61 5 Hill Road. Ketchikan AK 99901 93 9041225-56 1 9 Zwick, C. 61 5 Hill Road, Ketchikan AK 99901 93 9071225-56 I9 As Consenation Committee chairman, Dr. James Ferguson is ia charge of education. 452* 4hrn Jay Rockwell, Anchorage...-..*+.277-7150 Marcel LaPerriere, Ketc Wan. -225 -4094 wk Address or telephone changes-m--= Klimack, Bill 2 155 Watertown Pl. Clarksville TN370rF3-21 I5 93N 2W86FZ 6 151572-9282 Klimack, May (same) 93N 3 1790FR 6 15/572-9282 Sonnenberg, G 1 377 Pond Reef Rod, Ketchikan Ak 93 3364SR.E 90712471 557 90712471 559 By conxnt of the Executive Council, The Alaskan Cave,, will continue to report on Alaskan caver activities and speleologicd related concerns, with KEY Pd = year through which membership is paid PdN = primary allegiance to another Grotto NSS# = NSS membership number and NSS status indicated by letters. 225-4814 for Outside information. ADDITIONS to MEMBERSHIP LIST 10 October 193 The Alaskan Cawer Volume 13 Nurnkr 4


ROARING ROAD CAVE Prince of Wales Island AK Preliminary Report Tongass Cave Project National Speleological Society by Kevin Ailred Nov. 23, 1992 DESCRIPTION: Roaring Road Cave was Iocakdby Jedediah Smith and furtber investigated and surveyed en July 11, 1992, by Glen Coville, Cody Petterson, John Petterson, Julie Weaton and Katherine McGee. The entrance is located next to a logging spur road and below an extensively logged benched area on the slopes of El Capitan Peak. The recharge area is probably a large portion of these logged areas. The cave can be entered using a handline from the upper of two karst windows. or from the resurgence entrance which empties into the creek. A rope is not needed in the cave. but plunge pools must be waded or climbed around. Upstream from the entrance, the cave extends approximately 300 feet to a deep sump called hh Ness Pool. Pete Smith free dove to about 10 feet. Above the sump, a chimney goes up, but is too dificuIt 20 climb. Under high water conditions, this cave would probably not be safe, and in any case, a wet suit or dry suit would be Formed in heavily calcite veined Heceta Limehelpful, D~~~~~~~ from the handline enuance, stone, Roaring Road Cave contains a stream flowthe is much the same, in): throughout. Below the flood zone, the walls floor an> ceiling are washed clean. The stream was reMANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS: Conported to run an estimated 5 cubic meterlminute, sidering the cold, wet nature of this cave, it would which may be an exaggeration. Some small roots be best to restrict the lccation from the general pubhang from the ceiling and there is much soil and lic. However, the cave has excellent recreational mud near he back above the high water mark. potential for those who are prepared. ROARING ROAD CAVE TUhlG4SS HATtOMAL FOREST RmcF or WALES ISLAND. AUSW MSe51lHn lam1 m L5 lm wax3 + 7-' LOCH NESS POOL 4-9 -E PROFILE z-rmr I Votvme 13 Numk 4 The Alaskan Carer Wokr 1993 1 1


ILLUSION PIT Prince of Wales Island AK Pre1idnal.p Report #95 Tougass Cave Project National SpeIeologicaI Society by Kevin Allred Nov. 23, 1992 DESCmON: The top of the initial 150 foot shaft is exposed at the headwall of a quarry, and a second small hole in the center of the quarry drops into another smaller cave not yet surveyed. Some flowstone is present on the walls of the shaft which ends in an inclined rubble strewn gallery. Descending further is possible by sliding through a constriction and using a handline to go down a few small drops in a canyonlike passage ending in a domepit. At the bottom of the entrance drop are several unsurveyed pits which appear to connect in a passage network beIow. Two steeply inclining canyons in the same area remain to be pushed and surveyed. Total depth of Illusion Pit is presently 202 feet and the surveyed length is 303 feet. More work needs to be done extending tbe known cave. It was suweyed July 30, 1992, by Pete Smith and Kevin Allred, with suppori of Leo Zak and Pave1 Jirasek. BIOLOGY One bat bone was found in the dome. SAFETY CONSIDEMTIONS: The main safety issue here, other than the vertical nature and coldness of the cave, is the first 10 feet of the entrance drop which is explosive shattered. hat care should be tafcen to avoid disturbing the walls. MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS: Work in the quarry should be stopped. The loose piIes of mk in the quarry should not be disturbed, as the quarry appears to overlay some yet unsurveyed high domes. The location of this pit should not 'be shared with the general public. Further exploration and studies of the cave should be undertaken before clear-cuts are planned up the mountain side. 12 Qctober 1993 The Maskan Caves Volume 13 Number 4


CONK CANYON CAVE Prince of Wales Island, Alaska Tongass Cave Project, Preliminary Report #f?M National Speleolagicsl Society by Kevin Allred Nov. 23, 1992 DESCMITION Formed in Heceta Limestone, Conk Canyon Cave begins in a swallet sinkhole discovered by Pete Smith and Jim Baichtal in July of 1992. The cave was named for a tree fungus above the clean, fluted, canyon-like entrance. A 60-70 foatrope is recommended for the first drops. After an initiaI 12 foot entrance drop, the passage meanders steeply down in a nurow vadose canyon with small plunge pools. At a small side passage which goes to the north, the canyon appears to become too narrow, but by staying high, one can continue to an enlargement where a trickleof water enters from above. A minimum of 100 feet of rope is needed at this point in order to drop the free 87 fmt pit. The anchor is a pillar near the top of the pit. At the httm of the pit, a tight, nearly plugged passage takes the streamlet to a sump at 166 feet below the entrance. Up on the wall, near the bottom, a horizontal tube becomes very tight after only 10 feet. Total surveyed passage is 305 feet. N t;" PLAN .Fee r BIOLOGY Some Fungus Gnat webs were noted In the twilight portion of the cave. SPELEOTHEMS: No speleothems were seen. MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS Due to the vertical, wet nature of this cave, its location should be withheld from the general public. However, this is a god cave to explore and study for those who are prepared. Surface disturbance such as logging or road building would introduce silts and debris into this hydrologic system and changes in the entrance portion of the cave. The entrance area and drainage should be protected from logging and road building impacts with a large, wind-firm buffer. This buffer should be included in the Beaver FaEIs Area buffer. Other significant karst features are known to eltist in the same general area. Volume 1 3 Number 4 The Alaskan Caver October 1993 13


DIVORCE CAVE Prime of Wales Island AK hm Rqrt #89 Tongass Cave Project *National Spelmlogimli Society by Kevin Allred Nov. 23,1992 DESCRZPTION; Divorce Cave was discovered by Kevin Allred June 7,199 1 and was surveyed on July 8, 1992, by Glen Coville, Julie Heaton and KK McGee. Divorce is a large resurgence thought to enter the Dragons Breath and Bridal Veil Cave systems. The beautifully scuEpted Heceta Limestone in Divorce Cave is a dark bIue color containing white streaks of calcite fill. A stream weUs from two deep sumps at the back of the cave and flows through several pools before pouring out the entrance. No rigging is necessary as it is all walking passage. Total surveyed length is 136 feet; totaI height is 1 9 feet. MANAGEMENT RECQMMEN3ATE:ONS: The enmnce should be buffered by a large, possibly 300 foot) no-harvest zone including plenty of room for wind throw in order to protect the hydrology and climatic regimes for biolopc resources within. 'Tire swam below the cave provides fish habitat. The cave location should be withheld fmrn the public. DIVORCE CAM TONGASS IUATIOMAL FOREST PA1NCE OF WALES ISLAND I---L.--,--I*.I"I .-<----..,-,..-.--*,*--,..I 1 ,. ,.I. .: .. -.

PULLTHE PLUG CAVE I_ -.-. PriTKleofWak Island:AK*&~ ReportMOO Tmga!B Cave hjecf*Natforml SpId*d Smiety by Kevin Aked Nov. 23, 1992 DESCRETON: Pull the PIug Cave was discovered June 23, 1992, by Dan Monteith, Paul Edmundson, Mark Fritzke and Pete Smith. The boulder and rwk plugged resurgence entrance is in the bottom of a large 60-foot-diameter and 30-foot-deep sinkhole. Drainage from two acres of muskeg comes into the cave. An unstable rock plug was dug open by Carlene Allred and Cody Petterson on JuIy 9, 1992. Beyond the former plug, a steep slope leads to a pit with a stream passage visible below. MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS: Pull the Plug Cave has hydrologic significance and may prove to have other resources as well when it is fully investigated. It is, therefore, recommended that Proposed unitq #550-239 and #550-2 14 not be harvested to protect the hydrology of this and other nearby caves and their resources (see reports W8, #I 1 I and #114). The location should be withheld from the general nublic because of the vertical &. rim oi *Ink Iurirb Itrnlm entram < PLAN THREE PRINCESSES CAVE PEILL RJ6 PLUG &YE TONGASS N*noN*L FonLsr WNCE OF WALES ELAND PrinceofWah~~AK*~ . Report #I I1 T~CaveProject*NatronalSp~M~d~ ..YI.**n 0 10 10 by Kevh Alhd Nov. 23, 1992 USIA -, "----*c & .-----I 'D-,*<.=.,., -. -DESCRIP7TON: Three Princesses Cave was discovered by a team led by Jim Baichtal and investigated on June 23,1992, by Steve Lewis and ream. The cave is one of three located in the same area. The trend of this cave is northeast under a proposed logging unit with drainage into the cave entrance from a large muskeg deposit. The aethetically pleasing walk-in entrance quickly constricts to a crawlway and pinches to a dig after 143 feet, The passage seems to be largely vadose modified. The cross sections are high, narrow fissures, belling out to a rubble-filed floor. The cave gradually constricts and continues a fmt and a half in cross section. TotaI depth of the cave is 58 feet and was surveyed on July 10,1992, by Glen Coville and Cody Petterson. MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS: Considering the ecology of this and other nearby caves and karst featuses,logging on nearby units should not be allowed and there should be no road construction between or on the units, Voturnc 13 Number 4 .L --C --E ---. Q *Y ---. -Cr I -. IT A"'PROFILE .'.--=A*-'C7 -1 I .:-*>.,---** --TTIReEmmCAVE I E2F:#='% +-I .L.M I..*..,l I zk-z -=---zz a,.**-. --..-* C I ' I --The Alaskan Caves October 1993 15


Prince of Wales bland, Alaska Tongass Care Project National Speleologierrl Society Preliminary Report #lOS, Addendum to Report #EO by Kevin Allred Nov. 23,1992 DESCRIPTION Ln 2989, it was reported that the entrance drop of Snowhole was 448.5 feet deep. When Snowhole was entered in 1992, everyone on the survey trip declared that the depth of the initial pit was interrupted at 328 feet at a landing. Thus, the drop is no longer the third deepest in the United States. Since the original survey was incomplete, Snowhole was resurveyed on July 8,9, 10 and 12, 1992, by Dave Hemn, Mark Fritzke and Kevin Allred. The cave is much more extensive and complex than originally reported. The grike entrance is more shaft-like and a few snow covered ledges are passed. At -250 feet,there is a large rotating boulder and then a 15 foot pillar of rwk, now broken in two places leans across the shaft. At the pillar is an offset room. Off the flmr of this room, 150 fcat deep bIe Pit ends at a large 20 foot high snow/ice cone with a rocky-floored perimeter. Dole Pit drains partly into a nmw slot which pinches abut 20 feet down. Another passage leading From the snow cone also pinches. There is little or no air flow in these leads, and the snow cone is evidence that Dole Pit is a cold air trap. Back at the leaning pillar, the entrance drop continues down past a side alcove called "Nowheresvile", and finally to the -328 landing. Here, the south end of the landing leads to a IQO foot drop onto the same snow cone mentioned above. The north end of the landing leads to a fissure-like pit. Twenty-five feet down this fissure, a rebeIay is recommended for the next 70 foot rappell. To the north of the rebelay is a streamlet emerging from an unexplored lead. From the bottom of the 70 foot rappell, a fissure constriction takes she streamlet, and a second rebelay is suggested here. Below the second rebelay is a wet, 30 foot drop. Impure limestone created anorher constriction called "The Shpper", which was taking a good draft. This fissure requires one to remove at least some vertical gear and helmet. Below, it opens up to a 30 foot drop with a draft issuing out of a crack. Midway, two horizontal phreatic tubes, intersect the drop. This horizontal passage appears to have formed along the lower surface of a dike. In at least some spots, there was a noticeable crack running along the middle of the dike ceiling middle of the dike ceiling. This is similar to a horizontal passage in nearby Blowing in the Wind Cave. At the south extension of the tube, there are "'gargoyle" macrocrystalline quartz nodules protruding from the ceiling and walls. At the top of a 15 foot climb, an incoming chimney issues a Mt, but the horizontal tube continues over impressive 12 inch deep mud cracks in glacial varves. Exploration ended where the slightly breathing passage intersects a huge dome pit. Although the floor could not be seen, it was plumbed at 72 feet. This needs to be explored. The northern extension of the horizontal mbe passage sucks a wind and contains some speleohems in the first 60 feet. It soon turns to a belly crawl and at a 90 degree comer and in another 40 feet, explorations ended at a pit and side passages. The suneyed length of Snowhole is 1398 feet and the depth, 559 feet. RIGGING A 500 foot rope is recommended for the &-st series of entrance drops. A second 70 foot rope can be anchored w rebelayed at The Stripper and allow plenlty of slack for rigging and swinging into either side of the horizontal passage. A 100 foot rope plus other ropes for unknown pits is recommended for the south extension and could be used for the north extension as wd1. MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDA~ONS The vertical and very cold nature of Snowhole makes it wise to withhold the entrance location from the generd public. Although it possesses excellent recreational qualities, only well equipped and experienced individuals should attempt serious exploration in this cave. Explmrs should take special care to avoid gypsum needles and stalactites. There should be further exploration and study of this interesting cave. At the present extent of exploration, Snowhole cannot be effected by logging operations. 16 October 1993 The Alaskan (3awr Volume 13 Number 4


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KIT WM' KABOODLE CAVE Dall Island, Alaska PreIiminary Report #6 Tongass Cave Project National Speleologid Society by Steve Lewis and Kevin Alhd Nov. 23,1992 Kit 'n'Kabood1e Cave was discovered and surveyed between July 26 and 28, 1992, by Steve Lewis, Risa Carlson, Katherine McGee and Jim BaichtaP. Total survey was 1,360.1 feet with 927.1 feet surveyed in the cave. Four enmces were located with high probability of a large resurgence entrance and several major but sub-human dimension resurgences being connected at least hydrologically to the cave. The smaller resurgences are shown on the attached cave map, and the large resurgence boils up further to the northwest. A number of tight leads have potential of adding significantly to the surveyed length and several major leads remain to be pushed. One of these is a very tight passage which was pushed nearly to its connection with a major stream passage, probably the largest yet discovered in Alaska. Bedrmk is View Cove Limestone metamorphosed 10 marble of Silurian andlor Devonian age. Most of the cave is in beautiful Bsecciated marble, and some passages are through course yellowish crystalline marble, The entrance room is wide and high. The rest of the cave thus explod is either relatively spacious phreatic tubes or, more frequently, low, but very wide crawlway. While the bulk of the cave appears to be solid, the Chamber of Horrors is a breakdown room with recently fallen blocks on the floor and huge jagged blocks barely suspended in the ceiling. While a passage appears to continue on and another down towards the river (which is loudly audible here) prudence dictated that this room not be entered. HYDROLOGY Above Kt 'n' Kaboodle Cave, a lake drains into a large cave which has collapsed, blocking the entrance to exploration. Little or no surface drainage was noted on the slopes above or below the lake, suggesting a potentially tremendous watemhed entering the yet unexplored Kit 'n' KaMle river passage. ARCHAEOLOGY The main entrance to Kit 'n' Kaboodle Cave leads from a shelter bluff into a room about 30 to 45 feet. Evidence of human habitation was located throughout the room and in connecting passages and the upper extensions of the room. Rsa CarPson and Katherine McGee excavated a small pit and Risa took extensive notes of archaeological finds including charcoal and apparently human placed smalI Mytilus edulis shells. The Forest Service should be contacted for further information on the archaeological significance of the cave. B30LOGY and PALEONTOLOGY The cave contains a tremendous deposit of bones. Fish bones cover many portions of the floor to a depth of an inch or more. An eagle skeIeton was noted nearly 200 feet from the nearest entrance and duck remains were also located. Large bones which may be from sea Jions or some other marine mammal were found in several locations within the cave as were skulls or jaws of some small carnivores. Much of this appears to be the result of extensive use of the cave by river otters. MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS Kit 'n' Kaboodle Cave is aptly named. Not only is it of great interest to cave explorers, it has very significant hydrological, geological, archaeological, biological, paleological and perhaps ecological significance. It may provide insights into behavior of otters and should be searched for invertebrates. For these reasons it is extremely important that the location of this cave be protected from a11 but persons directly invoIved in research. Such research should be connected directly with the Tongass Cave Project or other responsible caving organization. 18 October 1993 The Alaskan Carer Volume 13 Number 4


KIT 'N' KABOODLE CAVE TONG AS NATONAL FOmCE OF WAW ISM+ AWRA CompU,hlrmmanndup~*cyIul~27ul m.1~~2bylLrn~m-lad~.~. Mctcc. Tentsar Cmvr Pm~rct. Hru0n.F Sp!-w %n=yd~l3lObRg L Toul~fbka J 1 inch of fish borr PROFILE N -=Y p YV dfbr -Em 7 bw.culbn-.-mk *qw:r*h UI fl. a cmmtkBnr %-r*a-.rm. Mh,bblf~ pu0e-mn.d 43011 hi* Mm ad @ 1992 by Kadn md Alkd Volume 13 Number 4 The Alaskan Caver October 1993 19


SAVAGE SHAFT PrirnceofWales~landAK*Pre~Repo~#105 Tonpis Cave Project National Spelmlogid Wety by Kevin AElred Nov. 23, 1992 DESCRLPTION: Savage Shaft was discovered by Kevin Aked in 1991. Formed in Heceta limestone, the walls of this 40 foot deep pit are fluted near the entrance. An adjoining 30 foot deep sinkhole was filled with snow in 199 1, but when surveyed on July 12, 1992, most of the snow had melted. The second pit connects midway down with Savage dmp. BIOLOGY Deer skeletons were found at the bottorn of both drops. MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS: Because of the vertical nature of this cave, the location should be kept from the general public. Any change in the hydrologic or atmospheric environs of Savage is already occurring from the clear-cut. We recommend no fuIzker disturbance. Terrain above 1 800 feet elevation should nor be harvested to protect the many caves and significant karst features. LAKEVIEW CAVE by Kevin Allred Nov. 23, 1992 DESCRIFTION: Located in Heceta limestone, Lakeview Cave is 73 feet long and 33 feet deep. It was discovered by Steve Lewis and Pete Smith in the summer of 1992, They surveyed it July 17, 1992. The entrance is located in an "L" shaped sinkhole and a draft issues from rubble at the bottom. MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATION: Al'though not a Iong cave, Lakeview has some potentid for being more significant, given a bit of digging in the bottom. Because of the significance of nearby Toads Plunge Cave and some blowing leads, all within this proposed timber harvest unit, it is recommended hat this unit not be harvested. There are also other karst features within the unit. 20 October 1993 The Alaskan Caver Volume 13 Number 4


NO-SEE-UM CAVE Prime of Wales Island AK Preliminary Report #99 TOW Cave Project Natiwral Speleological Soriety by Kevin Allred Nov. 23,1992 DES-ON: No-See-Urn Cave was investigated by Glen Coville, Katherine McGee and Julie Eaton when they surveyed it July 8,1992. Formed in brecciated Heceta marble, tbe save has extensive dark brown organic deposits coming in hm two sources. The ceiling is low except for one spot which has walls too deIicate to climb. The passage become too tight after 97 feet and 44 feet in depth. MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS: Because of the fragile nature of this cave, the road route should be moved downhill (8 no more caves are encountered there), preserving the brush and small trees which now obscure the enmce. Since No-See-Urn extends 50 feet d0wnhiI.I From the entrance, the edge of the road construction should be moved at least that far. GOOSE CHASE CAVE Wrm of Wales Island AK PwHrnimry Rep,rt W2 TOW= Cave Pmj& NaM Speleohgid Society by Kevin Allred Nov. 23, 1992 DESCRIPTION: Goose Chase Cave was discovered and suweyed on July 28, 1992 by Leo Zak, Pave1 Jhsek, Kevin Allred and Dave Herron. A minimum of a handline is needed for the 25-foot entrance drop. At the bottom of the drop is a hst shattered room 12 feet wide and 30 feet long, A phreatic crawlway has been vadose modified and ascends 35 feet at a 30 degree angle to the southeast and a crawlway trending east, The main crawlway continues another 35 feet to a rock choke probably quite close to the surface. BTOLOGY: There was a deer skeleton in the large room and a deer fawn skeleton under some breakdown. No invertebrates were seen. MGNAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS: Goose Chase Cave should be excluded From logging and road building activities in mdes to preserve the hydrologic and atmospheric balance. The location could be shared with experienced and prepared individuals, Volume E 3 Number 4 The Almhn Caver October 1993 21


'rave Management Into the Twentv-First Centurp 1993 CAVE MANAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM October 27-30: 1993 Carisbad, New Mexico LOCATTON: Park Inn lnrernar~onal 3306 National Parks Highway Carlsbad. New Mexico 88220 [800)3 2 1-286 1 PAPERS ON ANY ASPJECT OF CAW MANAGEMENT ARE SOLTCm REGTSfRATTOV FEE: $80 untll Aupsr 15. 1993. After that date & at the door: S100. Please make checks payable to: "Cave Research Foundation 93 Symposium" Send to Roger McClure. 4700 Amhtw& Dr Dayton. OH 45424. ~anq~et Speaker: Tom Alev, Director of the Orark Uaderpund Laboratory Guest Speaker: Merlin Tuttie, Founder and Difecfor of Bat Conservat~on hkrnationai I For more information plcontact one of the fallow in^: Jim Gdbar Dale Pate Richard Carlson~Ransorn Turner Bureau of Land Management Cadsbad Caverns National Park U.S. Forest Service P.0. Box 1778 3225 National Parks Highwav Federal Building. Room 159 Carlsbad. New Mexico 68221 Catlsbad. New Mexrco 88220 Carlsbad, New Mexlco 88220 (505) 8876544 (505) 7 85-2 104 (503 8854181 The Alaskan Caver 1921 Congess Circle, Apt. B Anchorage, AK 99507 Fomarding and Return Postage guaranteed Address Correction Requested

Contents: Glacier
Caving --
President's Corner --
Cavers Visit Cave Lake --
Ice Cave Glory Melting Away --
IGS Team Reaches Dome --
Glacier Grotto Officers --
Cave Legislation is on Hold --
Newsbriefs --
Additions to Membership List --
Meeting Notes --
Roaring Road Cave --
Illusion Pit --
Conk Canyon Cave --
Divorce Cave --
Little Helictite Cave --
Pull the Plug Cave --
Three Princesses Cave --
Snowhole --
Kit 'n' Kaboodle Cave --
Savage Shaft --
Lakeview Cave --
No-See-Um Cave --
Goose Chase Cave.


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