Alaskan Caver

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Alaskan Caver

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Alaskan Caver
Series Title:
Alaskan Caver
Alternate Title:
Alaska Caver
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Pease, Chuck
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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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Contents: President's Corner -- A Look at the Burren / Carlene Allred -- New Caving Club Started in Ketchikan -- Map of Bayview Cave, Coronation Island -- Map of Pete's Pissed Pit, Coronation Island -- Map of Sinkside Cave, Coronation Island -- Map of Improvisation Pit, Coronation Island -- Membership List -- Who's Who in Alaskan Caving / Bruce White -- Dr. Science -- 2006 Financial Statement.
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Vol. 27, no. 1 (2007 (Part 2))
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Figur e 9. Flow and drip stone for mations d ecorate A ilwee Caverns. Photo by Carlene Allred THE BURREN ... continued from page 4 NEW CA VING CLUB ST ARTED IN KETCHIKAN (continues on page 6) Mira Wilhelm and T ristan Graham practice single rope techniques under the direction of Kevin Allred. Photo by C. Allred. The Alaska n Caver V olume 27 N o. 1 page 5 Korff, A., OÂ’Connell, J.(1986). The Burren, a Ramblers guide passage (figure 7). The nicely developed tour path led & Map, Clodoiri Lurgan T eo, us through a fairly spacious section of the cave, often traversing alongside the wall, well above a rocky floor. The Geological Survey of Ireland, http://www.gsi.ie. Our tour guide pointed out a slightly bowlshaped depression in the sediment floor that had been ADDITIONAL READING: dug and used by brown bear, Ursus arctos (figure 8) I would have liked to examine it more closely and Crabtree, K (1982). Evidence for the Burren Â’s Forest Cover measure it, but we were constrained to our tour path. (Archaeological Aspects of Woodland Ecology). Symposia of the Association for Environmental Archealogy No. 2, British There were some old bear bones lying on the dirt floor Archaeological Reports International Series 146, 105-113. nearby. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports. Watts, W A. (1984). The Holocene vegetation of the Burren, Western Ireland. Lake Sediments and Environmental History: Studies in Paleolimnology Leicester University Press, Leicester, UK. The cave was sparsely decorated with drip and flowstone formations (figure 9). In one place our route passed by a waterfall that began far above our heads, and disappeared into the rocky floor below our perched pathway. While touring the cave I could not help but imagine what it must have been like before commercial development. It bore some resemblance to our less vertical, primarily phreatic caves. One of the entrance passages resembles that of Dark Star Cave in the Saint Elias mountains. Our caves in Southeast Alaska tend to be more sinuous-natured as a r esult of intense vadose modification, resulting from downward flow of our highly acidic muskeg waters And the Silurian limestone which bears our caves is highly tilted, and more massive. The phreatic (fossil) passage areas in upper sections of our caves tend to be more anastomitic. Actually, perhaps I should not attempt to analyze all Irish caves based on my one brief visit to a single commercial cave. BIBLIOGRAPHY : DÂ’Arcy G., Hayward, J. (1992). The Natural History of The Burren, IMMEL Publishing Ltd, London, p. 7-20. On a Friday evening, December 6, f ive interest ed young men and women, mostly high school students, gathered together with the Allred family in a church gym, to r eceive instruction in

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The Alaskan Caver Volume 27 No. 1 page 6 More Maps F rom the 2005 Coronation Expedition See Alaskan Caver Volume 26, number 2 for the trip report, by Steve Lewis C 2 0 0 6 b y D a v i d L o v e P R O F I L E P L A N E n tr a n c e fe et 0 5 0 20 10 m et er s N m 2 2 2 0 0 5 N P E T E P I S S E D P I T C O R O N A T IO N I S L A N D A L A S K A A P ro je c t o f th e G L A C IE R G R O T T O & th e T O N G A S S C A V E P R O J E C T J u ly 3 0 2 0 0 5 S k e tc h b y N O lm s te a d a n d S L e w is M a p b y D L o v e a n d C A ll re d C o ro n a ti o n I s la n d E x p e d it io n S E A la s k a L E G E N D p a s s a g e w a ll v e r ti c a l d r o p s lo p e ( s p la y s d o w n w a r d ) C 2 0 0 6 b y D a v i d L o v e P R O F I L E P L A N 0 d a tu m E n t r a n c e E n t r a n c e B A Y V I E W C A V E C O R O N A T I O N I S L A N D A L A S K A A P r o je c t o f t h e G L A C I E R G R O T T O & th e T O N G A S S C A V E P R O J E C T C o m p a s s I n c li n o m e te r a n d T a p e S u r v e y J u ly 3 0 2 0 0 5 b y S te v e L e w is M a p b y D L o v e K A ll r e d a n d C A ll r e d . C o r o n a ti o n I s la n d E x p e d it io n S E A la s k a 1 0 5 M e te rs 1 5 0 N m 2 2 2 0 0 5 N 0 d a tu m L E G E N D p a s s a g e w a l l a p p r o x i m a t e l o c a t i o n o f p a s s a g e w a l l v e r t i c a l d r o p b r e a k d o w n s l o p e ( s p l a y s d o w n w a r d ) fe et 0 5 0 2 0 1 0 m e te rs C 2 0 0 6 b y D a v i d L o v e P R O F I L E P L A N E n tr a n c e 10 5 M et er s 0 fe et 0 5 0 20 10 m et er s N m 2 2 2 0 0 5 N L E G E N D p a s s a g e w a ll v e r ti c a l d r o p E n tr a n c e S I N K S I D E C A V E C O R O N A T IO N I S L A N D A L A S K A A P ro je c t o f th e G L A C IE R G R O T T O & th e T O N G A S S C A V E P R O J E C T J u ly 3 0 2 0 0 5 S k e tc h b y D L o v e a n d N O lm s te a d M a p b y D L o v e a n d C A ll re d C o ro n a ti o n I s la n d E x p e d it io n S E A la s k a NEW CAVING CL UB.... continued from page 5 Trista n Gr ah am p ra cti ce s c ha ng ing fro m ra pp el to as ce nt P ho to b y C A llre d. On a Fr iday ev ening, December 6, five interested youn g men and women, mostly high school students, gather ed together with the Allred family in a church gym, to receive instruction in vertical rope caving techniques. The group was organized by T ristan Graham. Kevin Allred directed the session with help from his wife, Carlene, and their son F orrest. All learned to use a ropewalker rig and climbed a rope that was hung from a high beam. This enthusiastic group of hope-to-be cavers would like to have caving instruction sessions held every week. The Allreds hope to lure them into the Grotto The group has continued to meet on subsequent F ridays or Saturdays They have viewed caving videos, r eceived instruction on caving ethics and techniques, and have attended additional

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The Alaskan Caver Volume 27 No. 1 p age 7 0 d a tu m 0 d a tu m C 2 0 0 6 b y D a v i d L o v e P R O F I L E P L A N I M P R O V I S A T I O N P I T C O R O N A T IO N I S L A N D A L A S K A S u rv e y e d l e n g th : 6 0 m e te rs V e rt ic a l e x te n t: 3 3 .6 m e te rs A P ro je c t o f th e G L A C IE R G R O T T O & th e T O N G A S S C A V E P R O J E C T C o m p a s s In c li n o m e te r a n d T a p e S u rv e y A u g u s t 1 2 0 0 5 b yD L o v e M a p b y D L o v e K A ll re d a n d C A ll re d C o ro n a ti o n I s la n d E x p e d it io n S E A la s k a 20 10 5 M et er s 15 0 25 Nm 22 2005 N 30 35 0 20 fe et 10 0 10 m e te rs 5 40 c ra c k t o o t ig h t d e e r b o n e s c ra c k t o o t ig h t c ra c k t o o t ig h t 1 0 o u ts id e c li ff 2 r o d e n t s k u ll s d e e r b o n e s LE G EN D pa ssa ge w all ve rti ca l d rop d ep th in me ter s dri p l ine bre ak do wn slo pe (s pla ys do wn wa rd) 1 0

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G L A C I E R G R O T T O M E M B E R S H I P L I S T J A N U A R Y 2 0 0 7 The Alaskan Caver Volume 27 No. 1 page 8 H w y

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The Alaskan Caver Volume 27 No. 1 p age 9 (continues on page14) A U N IO N M AD E T O L AS T A U N IO N M AD E T O L AS T W H O Â’S W H O I n A l a s k a n C a v i n g B y B r u c e W h it e Ph ot o by D ia ne R aa b Photo b y Dave Vale ntine choker to the log and selling it for salvage but when he I'm sure everyone knows by now that Dave looked around, he saw a world more beautiful than Valentine (AKA Hard Cor e-Hard Hat) and Rebecca anything he'd ever seen. Right then and there he Noland have spliced their hearts together using a became a caver. His first ascending gear was a haul mating knot of Love. Its most fitting that a blood knot back skyline hooked to his red suspenders. was used as there is no better knot to piece together two One day he was crawling through a tight dissimilar lines, alluding to their wildly different passage in his newfound underground kingdom when personalities. Suffice it to say, one is like a fresh New he bumped into a warm wriggling ball of mud. He knew England 10.5 mm static line and the other, an old ratty this was no ordinary inhabitant of his subterranean hemp hand line, too short to make a pitch. world by the wild cackling the mass made. He poked it Another marriage. First it was the Jim Baichal, with a stick, and it moved. He poked it harder and then Steve Lewis, Dr. Love, Michael Michael, Dr Dan, heard a strange female voice say "Holy *&%$#, then even the sorriest of the lot fell in line. Mr. White Marcel," I think there's a bear trying to pass us. And that and now Dave. Who is next? I wonder. We have my friend is how a die-hard tree killer hooked up with watched the flower of boomer cavers one by one take a Connie and Marcel LaPerriere. Dave immediately fall for the team. started hanging out with the Karst Cops of POW and his Now I want to remind you that many a young, equipment improved. beautiful cave babe have thrown out their doublewide At one of the Grotto meetings, Dave was sleeping bags as we were pulled off the "available" shelf assigned to bring the cookies. When he said he'd do it as were roped solidly to a g a i n f o r t h e n ex t a stainless steel anchor meeting, we made him bolt called matrimony. President. His stature in W e m a r v e l o u s the grotto has slipped a specimens of viral bi t b ec au se he li ke s m a n h o o d w i t h macaroons and we all boundless measures of like chocolate chip so he testosterone, now act was demoted to Vice and smile cordially in Pres ide nt, a tit le he public. This is not an jea lou sly gua rds and ea sy fe at b ut th e defends to his dying par tner s who look ed breath. He told me just be yo nd ou r mu dd y yesterday that his work exteriors saw something load as Vice is so great, of real value deep down. he just doesn't think any They have worked o f u s h a v e t h e f o rt i t u d e tirelessly to develop us or intelligence to keep into well-behaved humans. We are better for it so don't things running smoothly. cry for us Argentina; we're just lost in that tunnel of love. Rebecca Noland came to Alaska on one of her I want to tell you the story of their courtship and trips to the ends of the earth. While growing up, her marriage, but first I need to discuss the characters. father worked for an undisclosed secret agency but it is Dave Valentine had a good run. Caved all over the rumored that it was His/Her Majesty's For est Service. world and pumped his body into one mean tunneling Her father's code name was TC (timber cruiser) 009 and machine, but he wasn't always that way. He started out each of his children earned a code name too. Rebecca's code name was "Cat Boss" but Dave would rather she as a skinny gypsy logger. One day he found a cave out forget all about that nefarious and clandestine past. She on POW and strapped on his scaling spikes descending came to Ketchikan to lay a wreath at the old KPC mill that a log jutting out of a pit. He had intended on setting a

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WHOS WHO ... continued from pg. 13 The Alaskan Caver Volume 2 7 No. 1 pag e 10 PRESIDENTÂ’S CORNER, continued from page 1 pulped her brother. While placing a plug of tobacco and little spoof will have to do. L et this be a warning to those a bottle of whisky at the Shrine of the Passed Out Logger, of you who don't keep us well informed! she saw Dave pull up in his bobtail Mack to inspect a The Whojigger shaker table in the log yard. She wilted in abject awe at the sight of this rugged logger and knew she would be May the patron saint of all cavers bless and keep attending his church as soon as she figured out which one this union. Y ou know who the patron saint is it was. don't you? Why it's Jesus himself! He's the only Now Steve and Grace Kenny were trolling for person to enter a cave dead, and come out alive. converts and new blood for the Community Choir by having a little get together at their place. Rebecca came to hear the good word, and Dave to try out for the lead alto. Dave sang a soulful rendition of Rock of Ages, and the whole group decided right then and there to go caroling to show off Dave's talent. Rebecca was smitten, Meanwhile in Juneau, I, along with UAS but Dave only noticed her when she pulled on her corks professors Dan Monteith and Cathy Connor, have also as they left to fortify themselves at the Ar tic Bar against been busy providing guidance in the establishment of the the harsh winds and rain. It was true love I'm told after new UAS Caving Club, which is envisioned to be a th th th e 4 or 5 dr in k. student organization subsidiary to the parent They courted through the winter going to all the organization, the Glacier Grotto. There seems to be a high social events such as the Monthly Grind, Burn's growing interest among the student population at UAS in Night, KRBD's Christmas Party and the Spring this ac tivity which is curr ently s pearhe aded by UAS Membership Drive. By summer Dave knew his gypo days student Louis Hoock. Welcome Louis to the Glacier were done and he'd have to pack up his show and sign a Grotto! I expect we will all benefit from the skills, new union card. ideas and excitement these young cavers will certainly Dave decided to wed Rebecca and reveal to her bring to caving in Southeast Alaska. So far this year the his secret world at the same time. He got the key to El UAS Caving club have had a few organizational Cap Cave and the wedding party congregated in the meetings, developed their budget and bylaws and Alaska Room. Al Murray was the best man and Pete hopefully will make a few outings this spring to the Smith stood in as the bride's maid. Jim Baichtal used a Hoonah area on Chichagof Island or possibly to Glacier little known law that says a FS Geologist can perform a Bay to help with geological or anthropological research marriage as long as it was underground and in a federal being conducted by Drs. Connor and Monteith. In forest. Sadly, Dave's few remaining friends never made addition, the UAS Caving Club has begun the process of it over to POW because Kevin Allred's boat, the "Black scanning all previous non -electronic Alaskan Cavers for Brailer", sank at Pond Reef, and both of us had to swim inclusion into a Glacier Grotto/UAS Caving Club website. back to Ketchikan. Hopefully, with the help of these talented UAS students, They took an extended Honeymoon touring progress on that project will also be made in 2007. This Haines and Skagway then over to Sitka to visit with the past year, UAS Caving Club members in conjunction with most western inhabitants of our caving community, the the Juneau Grotto membership have enjoyed several LaPerrieres. All through the honeymoon Dave and climbing wall sessions, the cartography workshop taught Rebecca visited caves and clear cuts of unusual beauty. by Carlene Allred and Steve Lewis' presentation. From all accounts, this is a marriage made in Attending cavers made favorable comments after all heaven. They have taken up residence at Dave's sessions with additional meetings during 2007 to be held mansion out north of Ketchikan, and smoke can be seen in Juneau during the subsequent months. Please contact issuing forth from their home, along with the sounds of David Love if you wish to be notified about upcoming laughter and peaceful domacility. Rebecca thinks it's meetings. Include your email contact information along wonderful to have all the modern conveniences, such as with your 2007 dues if you wish to be contacted a r eal flush toilet and wheels under their home. electronically. Finally, please be sure you all vote for the Now good reader, I hope you have enjoyed this leadership of the Glacier Grotto using the ballots written substitution for a Chivaree I created. I wasn't told enclosed in this month's Caver. Hopefully this coming of the wedding till way past the appropriate time to harass year will be as productive as 2006 and membership in the the bride and groom in traditional western fashion, so this Grotto will continue to grow All the best, David Love

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Glacier Grotto The Alaska Chapter of the National Speleological Society 6740 Marguerite St., Juneau, AK 99801 The Alaskan Caver Volum e 27 No. 1 page 11 Account Summary Glacier Grotto starting account balance $2,847.44 Income: Dues $ 693.00 Back issues $ 0.00 Savings Account interest $ 11.31 _________ T otal Received: $ 704.31 2006 Financial Statement Expenses: Alaska Caver publication/postage $ 128.35 Travel for cartographer and karst Scientist to Juneau for Grotto meeting 342.00Return item charge and return fee-Wells F argo Bank $ 25.00 _______ T otal Expenses: $ 495.35 Ending Balance: (as of 12/31/06) $ 3,056.40 Dear Dr. Science I was wondering why are slugs so hated? I know they are a necessary part of the ecology of SE Alaska. Why are there no slugs on T otem poles? Why are there no stories about slugs in native culture (that I have heard of)? Do slugs help caves to expand by slurping the limestone and sliming the walls for the water to run faster? And finally, why are slugs so attracted to excrement? These are just a few questions I have about these facinating creatures. Could you please let me know some of the answers? Signed, Slugger Dear Slugger, Since I know more than you and want you to know it, here are the answers to your questions: 1. Q:Why are slugs so hated? A: Because they have rotten personalities...have you ever seen one as a household pet doing tricks? No, even though they are mor e intelligent than some dogs, they are too independent. 2. Q: Why are there no slugs on T otem Poles? A: I infer you are talking about family cr ests rather than the biological specimens. Actually, it is a little known fact that the totems with large blank areas are actually slugs. 3. Q: Why are there no stories about slugs in native culture? A: Aren't you awar e of the story of "Brer Rabbit and the Slug Baby"? 4. Q: Do slugs help caves to expand by slurping the limestone and sliming the walls for water to run faster? A: I have already written about the Nannaslimphoria (Banana Slugs) burrowing out ash caves (Alaskan Caver Vol. 19, no 4, page 5). Unfortunately, no research has yet been done in limestone. However, I should mention there ar e many possible uses of commercially harvested slime, such as hair lotion, axle grease, personal lubricant, and donut glazing. 5. Q: Why are slugs so attracted to excretement? A: Because it is kind of shaped the same as them, and they Think it's kin.

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Contents: President's
Corner --
A Look at the Burren / Carlene Allred --
New Caving Club Started in Ketchikan --
Map of Bayview Cave, Coronation Island --
Map of Pete's Pissed Pit, Coronation Island --
Map of Sinkside Cave, Coronation Island --
Map of Improvisation Pit, Coronation Island --
Membership List --
Who's Who in Alaskan Caving / Bruce White --
Dr. Science --
2006 Financial Statement.


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