Alaskan Caver

Alaskan Caver

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Alaskan Caver
Series Title:
Alaskan Caver
Alternate Title:
Alaska Caver
Pease, Chuck
National Speleological Society (Alaskan Cave Areas Conservation Task Force)
National Speleological Society (Glacier Grotto)
University of Alaska Southeast (School of Arts and Sciences)
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Regional Speleology ( local )
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Contents: 2002 Kosciusko/Heceta Expedition / Kevin Casey -- Double Trouble Cave Map -- Double Trouble Cave Report -- Cave 98 Report and Map -- Slot Machine Report -- Scenes from the 2004 Kosciusko Expedition -- Slot Machine Cave Map -- Short Rope Pit Map -- Thunder Pit Map -- Byron Glacier Cave / Gwen Herrewig.
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Original Version:
Vol. 26, no. 4 (2006 (Part 3))
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See Extended description for more information.

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K26-00250 ( USFLDC DOI )
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The Alaskan Caver Volume 2 6 No. 4 pag e 13


The Alas kan Cav er V olum e 26 No 4 pa ge 1 4 B Y R O N G L A C I E R C A V E By Gwen Herrewig Ky le Sch ehr a t the s econd entra nce. P hoto by Gw en He rrewi g Feeling deprived of cave adventure; I took an helmet behind because I would have used it. We interest in the little ice cave at Byron Glacier in 2004, plotted a strategy to safely enter the cave by doing it fast when I moved to the Girdwood area. I made a mental in the most stable section of the entrance. We note of the cave's location and hiked back from time to acknowledged it was not the best strategy, but the best time to check on it. In 2005, the opening of the cave we had at the time. started to take shape but it was still fairly small. Entering It turns out, Jennifer was not sure about the the cave meant stooping and crawling over jagged rocks through a torrent of water. In mid-July, 2006, I heard a rumor that the cave melted out and was quite impressive. Two of my caver friends from Wisconsin, Kyle and Jennifer Schehr, came up for a visit a perfect opportunity to hike up Byron to see the ice cave. On July 10, 2006, we set out. Jennifer and Kyle were about to experience their first glacier and ice cave. The hike took roughly an hour. The entrance of the ice cave was big and blue. However, large shale rocks teetered over the entrance, giving way from time to time without warning. The sound of the rocks falling resembled that of breaking glass and bought the harsh reality of danger looming around the corner. The last thing I wanted was to get hit by a rock on the way in. We didn't bring our integrity of the cave and wasn't comfortable going in. A t caving gear because I knew we didn't need to crawl least not right away. Ice caves are not unlike rock caves around in the cave. I cursed myself for leaving my although they feel quite different when you're watching the ice melt into pools of water. I could understand her apprehension. After all, this was certainly the only cave (ice or rock) that I have ever entered running. Ultimately she decided she couldn't leave without seeing it. Once inside, the blue ice radiated. We walked downhill negotiating large, slippery rocks and a stream of water We took pictures. We looked at the layers in the ice and compared them to the layers in a limestone cave. The high ceiling caused our voices to echo over the sound of running water. The cave was short by anyone's standard. Just as we got to the point of absolutely needing a light it collapsed into a pile of breakdown with ice and snow Jennifer and Kyle Schehr inside. Photo by Gwen Herrewig (continues on page 15)


The Alas kan Cav er V olum e 26 No 4 pa ge 1 5 Editor's note: Gwen Herrewig is a new member of our Vol. 7, #1: The Glitter of Underground Castles of Glass, by grotto this year. W e would like to welcome her and thank her for T akamine Fujiki (1982). her contribution. Vol. 7, #4: Report on Investigations of Glacier Caves in Below is a list of previously written articles in the Alaskan Chugach National Forest, by Masataka Izumi (1982). Caver about the Byron Glacier Caves. Vol. 8, #1: Alaskan CavingAn Outsider's V iew, by P aul and Vol. 1, #1: Byron Glacier Caves, by Chuck P ease (1970). Lee Stevens, P 3 (1983). Vol. 1, #2: Caves and P otential Cave areas of Alaska, by W Vol 8, #6: Everything was Open at Byron, by J. Rockwell, R. Halliday, pages 8-9 (1970). p. 12 (1988). Vol. 5, #1: Japanese T eam Explores Alaskan Glaciers, by G. Vol. 10, #1: Ice Caving, by Doug O'Harra. Glacier CavingD. McKenzie, (1980). Byron Glacier, by Harvey Bowers, p.14 (1990). Vol. 6, #6: Newby Cave, by Rich Hall (1981). I am especially fond of this little cave because I have been watching it develop over the past few years. Ice caves are dynamic. Often a person never sees the cave the same way twice. I suspect this cave will be melted and gone by next year at this time. Perhaps the melting will open up more caves in the future. While standing inside with my friends, it occurred to me that the experience was a unique introduction to glaciers actually allowing them to see it from the inside. Note: Byron Glacier is in Portage V alley, AK, part of the Chugach National Forest. The ice cave is roughly 1.75 miles from the Byron Glacier T railhead. Many people have not found the cave because it cannot be seen from the trail's end the opening is beyond that point and uphill toward the glacier. Jennifer Schehr at the entrance. P hoto by Gwen H errewig LeftKyle and Jennifer Schehr look at layers in the ice. Photo by Gwen Herrewig Byron Glacier Cave entrance. Photo by Jennifer Schehr BYRON..., cont. from pg. 1 4


The Alaskan Caver 2525 F ourth Ave. Ketchikan, AK 99901 Address Service Requested

Contents: 2002
Kosciusko/Heceta Expedition / Kevin Casey --
Double Trouble Cave Map --
Double Trouble Cave Report --
Cave 98 Report and Map --
Slot Machine Report --
Scenes from the 2004 Kosciusko Expedition --
Slot Machine Cave Map --
Short Rope Pit Map --
Thunder Pit Map --
Byron Glacier Cave / Gwen Herrewig.


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