THE AL ASKAN CA VER Volume 27, Number 4 October 2007
Back cover: Mira Wilhelm af ter a vertical desce nt in El Capitan Cave. Photo taken by Carlene Allred during a mapping excursion in Octob er 2007. Front cover: Beaver F alls Sink, Prince of Wales Island. The top photo showing the bottom of the sink, was taken during the summer of 2006 at low water The bottom photo was taken in October, 2007 during the flood season. Note that in the lower photo the entire waterfall is completely submerged. Photos by Carlene Allred NSS CONVENTION 2007 T ABLE OF CONTENTS (continues on page 3) 2007 NSS Convention, by Gwen Herrewig ---------------------------------page 2 Diary of a CRF China expedition, by Chuck P ease -----------------------page 5 Map of Walkabout Cave ---------------------------------------------------------page 6 Glacier Grotto Membership List -----------------------------------------------page 10 Northern CaverÂ’s Crossword ---------------------------------------------------page 11 The Alaskan Caver Volume 27 No. 4 p age 2 by Gwen Herrewig Sometimes a person tries to prepare for everything while planning for the NSS Convention in an unfamiliar place. And sometimes it is just not enoughÂ… I was in the Midwest roughly 5 days when the distinctive bulls-eye rash appeared on my right leg, indicating Lymes Disease from a deer tick. Unfortunately for me, an upset stomach from the medication tainted my whole convention experience. I was feeling sorry for myself until I spoke to the family from Wisconsin whose RV broke down in Milwaukee on the way to the convention. They left it on the side of the road to make arrangements and someone broke into it and stole all of their caving equipment including wetsuits, cave suits, and helmets. Good start or bad, hundreds of people made the trip to the convention. And whatever, we got over it. My friend Jennifer Schehr and I pulled into Marengo, Indiana, after dark Sunday night and couldn't believe the noise from cicadas! If you are not familiar, a cicada looks sort of like an oversized fly and buzzes louder than any noise you ever heard from an insect. Locals often forget about cicadas, as they are on a 17 year cycle. In fact, cicadas were all over the news with people rescheduling their outdoor weddings and other events because of the noise. Camping in our tents, we found that they usually quieted down at night after 2am. Monday morning the convention started early It was hard to decide what to do at the convention with all the session and caving possibilities. It all sounded so exciting. There was so much opportunity for caving in Indiana. The 2007 Convention Guidebook for Indiana caves is among the best I've seen. Many Indiana caves have wet, stream carved passages (with the streams still in them). Many require wetsuits or at the very least, cave suites if you don't get cold quickly Because of my ongoing stomach issues (mentioned above), I was stuck searching for the few short trips through drier caves. It was all I could Marengo, Indiana, July 23 27, 2007 THE ALASKAN CAVER EDITOR: Carlene Allred 2525 4th AveKetchikan, Alaska 99901hm: 907 email@example.com GLACIER GROTTO OFFICERSPRESIDENT : David Love 6740 MargueriteJuneau, AK 99803 VICE PRESIDENT : Kevin Allred 2525 4th AveKetchikan, Alaska 99901 SECRETARY/TREASURER: Rebecca Valentine11976 N. TongassKetchikan, AK 99901 CONSERVA TION: Steve Lewis Box 53Tenakee Spr ., AK 99841 firstname.lastname@example.org CAVE RESCUE: Gary Sonnenberg PO Bos 22555Juneau, AK 99802 TONGASS CAVE PROJECT : Steve Lewis Box 53Tenakee Spr AK 99841 email@example.com Kevin Allred 2525 4th AveKetchikan, AK 99901hm: 907 firstname.lastname@example.org Pete Smith email@example.com THE ALASKAN CAVER (ISSN 07350481) is the periodic publication of the Glacier Grotto of the National Speleological Society (NSS). Back issues are available from the Glacier Grotto secretary for $2.50 each. Materials not copyrighted by individuals or by other groups may be used by NSS publications provided credit is given to the author and to The Alaskan Caver Opinions are not necessarily that of The Alaskan Caver, the Glacier Grotto or the NSS. The editor welcomes contributions such as letters, trip reports, cave reports, photos, cartoons, stories, cave maps, etc. Annual dues are $15 per individual and $20 per family or organization. The Alaskan Caver is included in the membership fee. For an additional $8, six The Alaskan Cavers will be sent overseas via airmail. Send dues to the treasurer.
Stalactites in Jewel Box Cave, Photo by Jennifer Schehr. Squire BooneÂ’s Cavern, photo by Gwen Herrewig The Alaskan Caver Volume 27 No. 4 p age 3 NSS CONVENTION... continued from page 2 entrance. Inside the cave we saw the Cave handle. I did speak to a few people who were raving Photography Session practicing different lighting about their longer wet caving trips. They rode rafts techniques. In fact, we encountered many of NSS down the underground streams and traveled miles to members working their way through the cave. make the connection door to door Luckily I have the Langdon's was muddy with standing water in some Guidebook and can r evisit Indiana any time, now that places. I am feeling better All area show caves around Marengo offered As for my caving fun, nearly 10 of us took a a two-for-one admission special for NSS midnight guided trip into the gated Jewel Box Cave, Convention participants. We took two tours at Wyandotte Caves, two at Marengo Cave, and one at Squire Boone's Caverns. Marengo Cave is at the edge of town and actually winds around underneath the local cemetery which seemed to be something the guide didn't really want to talk about on the tour (even though I asked). I was very impressed with Marengo Cave's tour of wide and highly decorated passageways. Although, I didn't think much of that in-cave musical slideshow bit they do on the drapery. Squire Boone's Caverns has Squire Boone's casket and tombstone in the cave. Sure, never mind he wasn't originally buried there and they ar e not in the Hoosier National F orest, just a few miles away from the Convention. The cave was gated to protect the many intact speleothems that decorated the walls, ceilings, and floors. Tree roots hung from the ceiling in a few places and we saw salamanders and cave crickets. We were in the cave roughly an hour and a half a good amount of time for that late at night. The next day Jennifer and I stopped in at Langdon's Cave, also in the Hoosier National F orest near Jewel Bo x. The two caves were similar in length but 100% sure it is him but there is a casket holding Langdon's felt bones and a skull. The partial skeleton was taken bigger because from a nearby cave where they thought Squir e was of the high probably buried. They plan to e xcavate soon to see ceilings and vast if they can find the r est of his body. Jennifer and I passageways. It were the only two people on the tour and used to be is an open cave cave guides in Wisconsin, so we were talking to our with a sink LangdonÂ’s Cave photo by Gwen H errewig (continues on page 4)
Squire BooneÂ’s c asket, pho to by Gwen He rrewig Wayandotte Caves, photo by Gwen Herrewig (continues on page 7) The Alaskan Caver Volume 27 No. 4 p age 4 NSS CONVENTION... continued from page 3 gu id e ab ou t films on the Floyd Collins incident. We took our th e jo b an d shoes off to explore the Mammoth Cave Floor Map, ex pe ri en ce s. which was rolled out on the gym floor I was blown O u r g u i d e away by the 3-D Slide shows. Remember those old extended our red and green glasses we used to wear to watch those tour and took us into a closed area where the ceiling collapsed a year or so ago. The collapse happened overnight and no one knew until the cave opened for business the next day. It definitely made a mess of the room and we felt r eally small and insignificant looking at the magnitude of the breakdown. The general highlights of Squire Boone Caverns were the blind crayfish and huge rimstone dams. It totally made up for being annoyed that we had to pay to park and then pay again to see the cave. The sessions at the Convention wer e very swamp monster horror shows on TV? Imagine educational. I learned about the latest research and we ar in g th em wh il e lo ok in g at ph ot os of mapping being done in New Me xico, Kentucky, Lechuguilla. Initially, I only committed enough Indiana, West Virginia, and even Alaska. There time to watch one slide show but, as it turns out, I sat were discussions on surveying, drawing, in aw e th ro ug h al l of th em photography, recent cave accidents, and everything My favori te Conven tion events were the else imagi nable. I saw two histor ic (1950' s) NBC awards ceremony (Thursday night) and banquet (Friday night) mainly because I liked the venue: an underground quarry. We were bussed through long passageways to a destination where tables and chairs were set up for everyone. The awards started with introductions and slides. Being underground, we had no idea a major thunderstorm was ripping our camp apart up above. The first indication of a problem was when the owner of Speleobooks got paged because the school roof was leaking over her bookstor e. My general thought was: if the school roof is leaking what's going on with our tent? Long story short, there was water everywhere and 80% of the camp ground was twisted apart. The Red Cross set up cots in the gym and handed out dry blankets. Pets were caught and Helectites in Wayandotte Caves, photo by Gwen Herrewig
EditorÂ’s note: The following previously unpublished article, recently sent to me by Julius Rockwell, is being presented in serial fashion. Below begins the second installment: 13 March 1993 10 April 1993 by Chuck P ease D IA R Y O F A C A V E R E S E A R C H F O U N D A T IO N C H IN A E X P E D IT IO N The Alaska n Caver V olume 27 N o. 4 page 5 Continued from Alaskan Caver Vol. 23, No 3, page 14 (continues on page 8)
Contents: 2007 NSS
Convention / Gwen Herrewig --
Diary of a CRF Expedition / Chuck Pease --
Map of Walkabout Cave --
Glacier Grotto Membership List --
Northern Caver's Crossword.