Cave Research Foundation newsletter

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Contents: Personnel policy implemented -- National cave rescue seminar to be held June 19-25 at Mammoth Cave National Park -- Cave Books becomes publisher / Letter from Red Watson -- Thanksgiving Expedition / Diana Miller -- 1982 annual report deadline extended to March 1 -- Donations welcomed -- CRF members receive awards -- Job Corps center demolished -- Return the kits -- Computer center moved -- CRF Mammoth Cave field schedule.
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z o ~ z :;:) o ... :I: (,) Ie ~ en w ee W :;( o PROPERTY OF WINPY CITY GROTTO LIBRARY IMPLEMENTED FEBRUARY 1983 PERSONNEL POLICY Ronald C. Wilson, a CRF Director and Mammoth Cave Region operations Manager, has taken over the region's Personnel Manager functions from Walter Lipton, who has resigned as CRF Personnel Officer. Wilson restated the CRF Board of Directors policy recently. Anyone interested in participating in Foundation activities may apply for Joint Venturer status. Those most .Ld k e Ly to be accepted will have the following characteristics: 1. Strong leadership potential, 2. A of cooperation, 3. A strong interest in contributing to the present and future obj ectives of the Foundation, and 4. Concurrence with and support of the goals of the Foundation. The Foundation now emphasizes increased university recruitment, and increased recruitment of promising scientists. "We want quality rather than quantity," said Wilson. "We are more interested in the level of interest and commitment to CRF than in the level of caving experience." Wilson asked expedition leaders to assign newcomers to party leaders who will provide quality training and demonstrate a sense of CRF's purpose. All new Joint venturers are evaluated in writing so that feedback may be provided. Potential Joint Venturers should write to Ron Wilson, explaining their interest in CRF. It helps to solicit supportin'g letters from CRF JVs, and to follow up contacts with telephone calls. NATIONAL CAVE RESCUE SEMINAR TO BE HELD JUNE 19 25 AT MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK Beth Elliot reports that the National Cave Rescue Seminar is tentatively scheduled for Mammoth Cave in mid-June. Both the National Park Service and the Cave Research Foundation have agreed to cooperate. Additional details will be given in the next Newsletter, or call Beth at 404-8209293. Beth urges that people from CRF and the National Park Service plan to participate. "This is a good opportunity to learn cave rescue skills in an ideal setting,' said Beth. "Volunteers are needed from CRF to help with the Seminar. Jobs are comparable to those during the International Congress of Speleology field camp, she said. ********************************* 1983 SUMMER UNIVERSITY at Mammoth Cave begins the first week in June. For details write: Dept. of Geography s Geology, W. KY. U., Bowling Green, KY 42101. *********************************


February 1983 CAVE BOOKS BECOMES PUBLISHER Letter from Red Watson CRF has been publishing cave books since 1960 when Phil Smith's Speleological Research in ~ Mammoth Cave Region came out. The most recent book is CRF Origins, in 1981, ---We want to publish more. To this end, Roger McClure has recently established Cave Books as a publisher listed in Books in Print. Claire Weedman continues as Sales Manager, and I am Editor. We have obtained the rights to the Johnson Reprint Classics in Speleology series, and Roger has supervised the assumption of all rights to the Zephyrus Press Speleologia series. Roger has also published under our Cave Books imprint of the revised editions of Speleology by Moore & Nicholas, and Jewel Cave Advent~ by the Co n n s We have a good stock. But what we most want to do is publish new cave books. We have on fine manuscript ready to go, Bill Steele's Yochib: The River ~, a classic story of cave adventure in one of the most difficult river caves in the world. We also have a couple of chapters of Huautla: The Deepest Cave by Bill Stone. Of course Stone has still to set the record, but already his tale of high-technology caving (e.g., taking SCUBA equipment to its limits) is fantastic. Let's hope he sets the record before he finishes the book. Why should CRF publish cave books? One reason is that after trying for nearly two years, I can't find another publisher who will do it. What are the big publishers doing? For one (and about the only) thing, with the help of a lot of cavers Time/Life Books put out under~ ground Worlds which will doubt Page 2 less be the largest-selling book on caves ever published in America. 1 1 m very unhappy about this, because not one penny of the income of tbe Time/Life cave book will '10 toward pnblishiDCJ other caves books. So 1 1 m asking you to contribute to a fund that has to reach about $10,000 so that Cave Books can begin publishing at least one new cave book a year. The first few books will be of cave adventure, because we have a good one in hand, and also because we hope to bui ld up our Cave Books fund through sales to the point where we can publish several new books a year, including books in cave science that may not break even. A few people have already contributed sums of $500 and $1000, but we need a lot more. It would help if you could contribute at least $100. To en courage you just a little, for each $100 you contribute, we will send you a new cave book fresh off the press signed and dedicated by the author. For $1000, y ou t Ll, receive the first ten different titles of cave books published beginning with Yochib. A bit expensive as books go, I grant you, but exclusive. Ah, it is romantic, this publishing of cave books ... and a fine service to the caving communi ty, too. If you can't afford a large sum now, make a pledge for incremental payments. Every bit will help. Make out checks to: Cave Research Foundation: Cave book Fund. Send them to: Roger E. McC lure, CRF Treasurer 4700 Amberwood Drive Dayton, OH 45424 Roger will send you thanks and a receipt for IRS use for this tax deductable contribution to CRF. And soon w e t Lf be sending out shiny new cave books. Please help. --Red


-I~-------------_"'!"'!"!'!"""'~"""!"""'"~----~ February 1983 THANKSGIVING EXPEDITION by Diana Miller The 1982 Thanksgiving Expedition focused on cartographic work in the historic section of Mammoth Cave. Leads were cleaned up and virgin cave discovered within a few feet of the tourist trail. Attendance was 66. Luther Miller recreated the Crystal Cave tour with guide spiel. Art and Peggy Palmer's new Crystal Cave map, at a scale of one inch to fifty feet, showed the marvelous complexity of its densely spaced passages. A half-day seminar on survey bookkeeping included field practice in the cave, with the aim of introducing novices and improving older hands in the best descriptive methods. Survey trips were largely in support of the Louisville map factory's efforts to finish a map of the historic north end of Mammoth Cave. Two trips to Gratz Avenue, led by Gail Wagner and Diane Blankenship, set 84 stations. Lynn Weller's party mapped a crawl from the Wooden Bowl Room. One lead emerges directly beneath Giant's Coffin. On a later trip her party surveyed 500 feet behind where fish tanks used to be located; Reggie VanStockum continued that work and completed several leads. A significant discovery came from trips led by Jack Freeman and Lynn Weller into Briggs Avenue. They descended a series of pits, found a side canyon, and tied to A-4 in Lee's Cistern. The A survey had been placed several years ago on a Gratz Avenue trip. In addition to a valuable survey loop, they found several good leads Sylvan's way/wyatt's Domes held a going drain mapped several hundred feet by Roger Brucker's and Gail Wagner's parties. Page 3 Kathleen Womack's party checked leads between Mammoth Dome and Gallows Way. Elsewhere, Gerry Estes led two trips to Robertson Avenue, and covered 16 stations. Stan Sides and party prowled Salts Cave looking for Flint Dome, which they did not find. Kathie and Jim Lavoie managed the camp; I thank them and all who helped make the expedition a success. 1982 ANNUAL REPORT DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 1 Submit reports now for the 1982 Annual Report, said Sarah Bishop. "We want to make the 1982 Annual Report the best ever." Art and Peggy Palmer are the editors, and details are contained in the December CRF Newsletter: Art and Peggy Palmer Dept. of Earth Sciences State University College Oneonta. NY 13820 DONATIONS WELCOME To the surprise of all, Bud Dillon arrived at Flint Ridge for the Thanksgiving Expedition with gifts for CRF. These included: .A new oak outhouse .A new set of pots & pans .A set of stainless steel tableware .A set of dishes Sarah Bishop thanks Bud Dillon on behalf of the Foundation. She also reminds everyone that donations are welcome, whether donations of money, or of materials that are useful in CRF activities.


February 1983 CRF MEMBERS RECEIVE AWARDS Art and Peggy Palmer were awarded Honorary Life Memberships in the National Speleological Society for their contributions to speleology over many years. The honor is the highest bestowed by the NSS. John Pickle has received the NSS Ralph Stone Award for science, according to the NBS News. John has been completing the field work for his thesis research on the topic of underground stream sediment transport and stream profiles in the Turnhole Spring drainage basin near Mammoth Cave. Sarah Bishop was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the NSS for her efforts in developing the successful nomination of Mammoth Cave to the World Heritage List. Roger Brucker received a Certificate of Merit, as did Robert K. Murray, for co-authoring Trapped!, the story of Floyd Collins. The book has been republished as a paperback by the University Press of Kentucky. JOB CORPS CENTER DEMOLISHED The former Great Onyx Job Corps Center in Mammoth Cave National Park has been demolished and trucked away. Park Ranger James Waddell said that the demolition was being monitored closely by the EPA and the NPS. As an example of the care being taken to make sure environmental concerns are met, a specially qualified contractor was designated to remove the electrical transformers containing PCB from the site. Page 4 RETURN THE KITS Please return first aid kits when you find them in your pack. Amnesty is always granted. We are missing some or all of kit numbers 3,6,8,9,15. COMPUTER CENTER MOVED The CRF computer center that used to be in Lynn Weller's apartment in Fairborn has been moved to Roger Brucker's house in Dayton, where it occupies a room with a raised computer floor, acoustic tile ceiling, and special furniture. Roger and Lynn were married January 15. They presi de over 1.5 computers, which wil:::' become 2 when they purchase a terminal soon. Each Wednesday the house is crowded with JVs. Bob Eggers has purchased an XOR S-100 computer, and brings his terminal. Don Cahall and Bob are refining programs to handle the Mammoth Cave survey data base. Richard Zopf and Ellen Levy enter survey data and plot maps. Jon Morris and Gail Wagner help,too. When Gail went to India on a dig, she left her Siamese cat Simon with Brucker. Simon likes to sleep on the CalComp plotter. In January, Martin Heller, of the Holloch project in Switzerland, sent an isometric plot of Mammoth Cave made from the survey data base magnetic tape. Passages are shown as solid segments, varying by cross-section. His program supresses the hidden lines of passages that are behind other passages. Martin wrote that European speleologists who viewed the plot expressed surprise at the complexity of the cave. Martin expects to be working in the USA in the future.




February 1983 CRF MAMMOTH CAVE FIELD SCHEDULE Roger Brucker 513-258-1644 Ed Lisowski 217-384-6032 Kathleen Womack 615-385-0530 Pete Linds ley 214-691-7968 Richard Zopf 513-767-7293 See Note Below Winter 5-6 February St.Pat's Day 12-13 March Spr ing 16-17 April Memorial Day 28-30 May Indep. Day 2-10 July *Summer 13-14 August Labor Day Lynn Brucker 3-5 September 513-258-1644 Columbus Day Pete Crecelius 8-10 October 317-286-3147 Thanksgiving Diana Miller 24-27 November 502-937-3353 "NOTE: A special expedition been scheduled in Arkansas replace one at Mammoth Cave. you are interested, contact Brucker, 615-269-3921. has to If Tom Cave Research Foundation P. O. Box 443 Yellow Springs, OH 45387 USA Ralph Earlandson Windy City Grotto Newsletter 5457 S. Ingleside Ave Apt 2W Chicago, IL 60615 , Page 6 Supplementary expeditions ~ are also scheduled to support the specialized programs of the Foundation in history, archaeology, biology, geology, surface reconnaissance, and cartography. If interested, contact the Operations Manager, Ron W ilson, or the' proj ect leader. Please notify the Operations Manager or leader of your plans to attend two weeks before the expedition. Ronald C. Wilson 502-895-0163 CRF MAY NEWSLETTER The deadline for the CRF May Newsletter will be 15 April 1983. Please send all contributions to CRF Newsletter 21 Murray Hill Drive Dayton, OR 45403 Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Yellow Springs, OR Permit 160

Contents: Personnel
policy implemented --
National cave rescue seminar to be held June 19-25 at
Mammoth Cave National Park --
Cave Books becomes publisher / Letter from Red Watson --
Thanksgiving Expedition / Diana Miller --
1982 annual report deadline extended to March 1 --
Donations welcomed --
CRF members receive awards --
Job Corps center demolished --
Return the kits --
Computer center moved --
CRF Mammoth Cave field schedule.


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