Volume 7 Number 5 I' _. Septernbw October 1982 I
CALENDAR OF EVENTS November 18 GlacIer Grotto Meeting. Meetlngs are held in room 312 of Grant Hall, Alaska Pacific University at 7:30 pn. December 16 Glacier Grotto Meeting. Meetings are held in room 312 of Grant Hall, Alaska Pacific University at 7:30 pn. January 20 Gl acier Grotto Meeting. Meeti ngs are he1 d f n room 37 2 of Grant Hall, Alaska Pacffic University at 7:30 pm. The program will be an NSS slide show. February 17 Glacier Grotto Meeting, Meetfngs are held in room 312 of Grant Hall, Alaska Pacific University-at 7:30 pn. March 17 El acier Grotto Meeting. Meetings are he1 d in room 31 2 of Grant Hall, Alaska Pacific Unfversfty at 7:30 pn. The program will .be an MSS slide show. The ALASKAN CAVER is a periodic publication of the Glacier Grotto of the National Spel eol ogical Society, Subscriptions are free to members. Membership dues are $5 per annun (add $3 for oversees members wishing aimail instead of surface mail). Dues can be sent to Elisabeth Hall at 4607 Klondike Crt., Anchorage, AK 99504. Copyright 1982 by Glacier Grotto, Material not copyrighted by individuals or other groups nay be copied by other NSS pub1 ications provided credit is given to the ALASKAN CAVER and a copy of such pub1 ication is sent to the editor. -4 GROTTO OFFICERS President Julius Rockwell H277-7150 Y, President David Street Secretary Richard Hall H333-2090 H265-3377 Treasurer El i sabeth Hal l H333-2090 At Large David Moll Publicity Barbara Jansen Editor Richard Hall H3332090 W265-3377 ALASKAN CAVING IN THE NEWS [Thds will not be a regular feature as cavlng is not a17 that common a topfc in Alaskan Newspapers. But there does seem to have been a rash of It lately. 1 o A September 29 article in the Anchorage Ttmes detailed the 20 year fight by a Cooper Landing resident to secure clain to 14 1/2 acres of land he had been using for a sawmill in the Chugach National Forest. This land is of no consequence to caving except for the note in the article that he is now fighting with the government over his attempts to haul limestone from his mining clain in the Russian River recreation area. He says that claim is worth more than seven ~illfon dollars, Limestone on the Kenai Peninsula??? footnote: Construction of a winter nl ni ng road, following an ex7 sting fire road along the Russian River was approved in October. The road will begin in the Russian River campground and end near Lower Russian Lake, a distance of about 10 miles. Maybe someone should check it out before the LSnestone $s all gone. 2
ALASKAN CAVIMG IN THE NEWS continued o Earlier this summer there was an article in the Anchorage Tims about US Steel putting 200 acres of Limestone on Hadleigh Island (near Prince of Hales Island in Southeast Alaska) up for sale. TMr 33 claims contain an estimated 250 mil 1 ion tons of limestone w+ th "high bulk and low unit value". There are known caves in the area Here is your chance to Invest fn the future! The company spokesman nTso sald that "Reserves of lfnestone fn Alaska elsewhere are astronomical ; its more where you noed it and what you use it for than how nuch you've got." o Finally, the biggest cave story go1 ng f s the following artlcle; -----.* . .. ,,. ..,-. --r-<'v:~r*-..*F---.. ..-*I-"1 'Kenai flood warning issued -:. R&~U and mnpers alq into ICenai Lake and mdbg tbe tloe Kenalfiw wera warned this Kenai .%vet; leaving w danger sf mom@ 40 keep an eye at for fhdiq~, said hydrolagist avid -* The NaUwral Weather Seivlce "It's r dl-sumping prmem? +looding d the river &tween that happens every three or im Cboper Landing and the Kerrai years," Chapman said, "The mow Keys la expe~ted as a &t of a rnelta and builds the little take up, gkieraainmfi&d lake abwe &e and when it gets full enwgh it bp .8wwr River. The hke is qUhg @IYS to leak art lmdef the mrh & _-_..1-1-. 4 , A . .. . r, -. -.As thls continues, the tunnel jt's leakingthr~ugbgetsbkgprmd* Ittaws water fsteeand'fa4ter." me quiw dmqmg -t&r Wds up Kemi hke, arld wells .tRe Bed 'River sit r rate of abut a foot a day, accordiq to Chap man. "Whensth WaWM do-wid, the$' -&-!9m@A-4 ,,-'&'a -. .. .--.-..p, disaster offfce 'had no plans &' mmiag to respwrd -fo the fld watch, (Continued from page A-1) du It slowly enough .hat nearby residents have time to take ttre .necessary preuautibns," he added. If the river does fld, he 'saia It would take five days to ,a -week for the river to &. Kenai Keys, a popular wekend retieat ams below Skilak Lake, would be hdpt hit, Cham said. The Kd hninda Borough -"The river rises every year, and we don't think there's much danger," said a disaster office spkesman. -"We're keeping our eye on it." 'Previous flooding 'Im the giaeler-dammed lake, which last occurred in October lm, caused no WP-Y mv* -4th same glacier dam in I977 and 1974 wwed "a lfttle damage," Chtlp asaid * ..*..*-. ..:, .+ This winter, after the jce is' frozen sol f d and while the cave is still open, would be a great cave trip. The distance from the dunpf ng 1 ake to the end of the glacier is SEVEN MILES! Access would have to be by plane fmn Sewlrrd as it is too far to hike or ski in from the road. Anyone interested in the trip shorlld contact Jay Ruckwe1 1 at 27 7-71 50.
CHI TNA CAV 1 NG On Friday evening June 18,1982 Rich Hall, Jay Rockwell, my two brothers Frank and Bi 11, and myself left Anchorage in Rich's van to look for caves in limestone areas northeast of Chitna. After refueling in Glennallen around midnight we camped on the road to Chitna. Saturday morning we ate breakfast in Chitna then looked up an old Norwegian miner who cane to Alaska in 1904. He gave us directions to a cave but we were unable to drive closer than six miles to the site with a 2-wheel drive vehicle. A park ranger in a 4-rrheel pickup had apparently preceeded us past the recent lands1 ides which had blocked enough of the road to make us chicken out. Rather than walk the rest of the way we decided to backtrack and try another road which went right by limestone outcrops. Route Taken by Car and Foot Unfortunately, fnnediately after starting out on the road we found it impassable to a17 but a Cat, because a Cat had preceeded us making a number of trips to stockpile fuel along the road, Again we were faced with a six mile hike. After some discussion we decided to cook supper for lunch and make an all-nighter of it if necessary carrying only essential gear and eating lunch for dinner along the way. After several hours of muck, nesquitoes and a little rain we all, except Jay, had arrf ved at the base of the mountains with the limestone outcrops. We could see many dark areas which could be caves but one 1500 feet up near the sumit of the spur between Squaw Creek and Sheep Creek looked the nost proni sing.
Contents: Calendar of
Alaskan Caving in the News --
Chitna Caving / Mike Mauser --
A Labor Day Trip to Wishbone Hill / Jay Rockwell, Bob
Bastasz, Kathy Bastasz, Rich Hall, Lis Hall --
Chulitna River Caves / Rich Hall.