The Texas Caver

The Texas Caver

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The Texas Caver
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The Texas Caver
Texas Speleological Association
Texas Speleological Association
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Regional Speleology ( local )
Technical Speleology ( local )
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Content: Meeting dates -- Snakes in Red Arrow -- Report from Mexico -- Editor's note -- Carey Lake Cave -- Caving hazard -- The bug bite -- Sleeping giant -- Animals in Caves / Austin Phelps -- The sheepshank - a death trap / William Thomas -- First aid for snakebites / R. T. Scott.
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Vol. 1, no. 4 (1956)
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See Extended description for more information.

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The University of Tex8.s C:1aptGr ... First ;).J."ld thlrd 'I'hurndny of overy GcoloGY The University of Texas. Texas. Inquires should be sent to UTSS, Box 7672 University station, Austin, TeXBG. Balcones -----Flrst Tuesday of each month. Contact J. c. Peerce, 5713 Avenue G, Aust1n, Dallas Group ---------conte.ct NDncy Aust1n, 4512 Abbott Apt. 16, Dallas. Texas. st. s Group te to st. Nary I s speleological society, BoX 577, Chaminade H8ll, st. Mary's University, san Antonio, Texas. Sna .l


i; cc:_,USC ci"'lve-ir,G end rockslides ate rore occurnnces, too m!l-, y c a YeJ:'s fo:.."'get that such a dal".sc r 0 xi s 'ts Q They go lnJt;o C8vea and c r;: l,-J 1 throuGh unfnm11'-E!1'" crf.'lwl \ -11 thou t tnoking the effort to tho stnol1ity of their surroundinGs. .. : SUC:l c nrc18::lsncfls, in conti"nry to c3.v1ng pr;.lcticco Any break or loose rock in a cave is a pOt;c ::l"Ciol do.ngor 'l'Jhich can cuuse Gccldcnt like u dented helmet or G major dlsuator like a even a small rock can 011811y cauce a rocl( slide And cave-ins h8ve been known to with os little st1mulus. The:l.::::toro it. ia obv1ous thnt orte should excerlse the utmost ever breakdo\

ThG TGXI::S Guver January 1956 Sleeping Giant J'Ou have nevex' thought of it in thGCO 'tcrrus before, but spclcology is a 8leoping giant in TCXCo.8o Until recently spelunking in this'state hal; been an alwoat that viC have our cyes opOn and have flexed our muscles a bit we realize that we POSSORS poten tiel strength.. \0,"0 have done a eooc job of organizing our members. He have proved thut we have re"; sosrch e.bllity. But this is just a starto FOr n1l \-/0 kno\'J Texns may have the number and the most spectacular caves of any stute in the uniono AS serious ;:;.nd proud we would like to establish that fact. Letlr. s'cart poking 8round this c ove ridden stnte of ours. Let's \;&ke \1e Are fortunate to live in a state which is a fertile spcological field. Tlhat you. uccomplish0d. no your part to I Jromo te caving in Texas. Subscription The Texc.s cavor is a monthly n e .... )s bulletin publlshed by the coopcrntlon of ell caving groups 1n the stDtO. Its maln function ,10 t.o inform' Te:

January 1956 Page 5 The Sl'!88I)shanl c naath Trap b y 1,;1l113i11 Thomas r.l\1 2 s}1e opshnnl<. is a knot used to ';:,;};W JCl'10 slacl<. out of a line It cosy to tie; it is easy to However, since 1t is very 'i:;o 811P. 1 t 1s not recoiJ,rl:.)nCtQG fOl" covers. In to avoid using the i';; is sucgcstod that the set up hie ropes 30 18 no sl&ck in his ropes. If c<.!.n.J."'1ot be ,ilVoldad, middlo l1ke the bowline on a bight should bQ uso d so thnt only half of t:,c ;co,pe is In scrvice. th0 diagrrun it ls seen thll' C 8[; 10118; [AS tCle load is the knot will hold. But 2J.10';lJ tr:0 load to ve.ry or all 0':; the 10 to act, as an then the knot will ShC::2 10c80. ; 12:. 1 cliitlbine; 3 rope will frequently shift his weight BG he mOV8 3 side to side on the riropa. under those con6-it1oi."1.3 load is :"10t constant. If itJ01'0 a sheepshank' in the than it will most likely work itself loose. If it dld the n th6 fellow on the line would fall un'cil the slnck 1s up. l\03ul ts

Fir s t Aid for snckebites by R. To scot'i; One of the spelunker IS most 5. 'cover the pat1ent 'Wi th G:':'ous adversaries 1s the blankets to avoid shock. Attempt Do1s o n o u s snake. (see Red Arrow to cnlm him. -;"cory in this j.ssue) The ti'IO most" 6. Toka the patient to a l11{Gly snnlws the caver \'l111 en-physic1ru1 immediately. coun ter in nre the rattle-lf tho affected aroa ,be-snaKo 8.i1d the copperhead. Tho gins, to s\,lell, do not be C01)per h e a d 1s the leC'st vicious alarmed. Just loooen the and its bite does not inject the ligaturo ruld move 1t fUrther quanity of venom the rattle-up the limb. If necossary snuKc do es. Both of these species .'suction should be continued may be found in and around caves. ,for 15 hours and longer if the S 1nce the great majority of swelling continues to spread. Gnake bites are on the extremities, 'As soon os suction is init1ated c acquate protection for the logs the patient should be transported, maY b e h8.o by '.'Jearing thick, high-to the llearest physiciM leather boots. If those A Bre not available, heavy trousers wlth loose fitting legs may be I,' The tr,ousers \'Jill help de-, ___ fleet the faIl8 s o .,. .,t x __ __ ..-: i ,men Cl cam P t1rilg area . 'I( ){)t)( _ \ pic k o n a Irso 0 vogeta on. X SpeCial cure should be taken at\_ n i ght since most snakes are noc, , t urnn1 0 __ .__ ------___________ If an individual is bitten by .1., a ven o mous snake IMMEDIATE action must be t8. 1wn. Here 1s Nhat to do., publication Material 1. APply 3 ligature (loosely t1ed tourn1quet) inches the fone m a r ks. Tie it tight enou g h to dent the skin only elnce its purV o s e is to stop the lymphstj.c flO\'J And not the blood flow. 2 Meke X u incisions on each fcnc; ID&X"l{ l/l r inch long and 1/8 ir ... ch deep. Th e n muke a circle of ,inCiSions two inchos from the centG r of the bite using the bite as the c enter of the ( Sue flr,ure 1) J. oxtraction of the b y means of a suction cup o r b y moutho Do not use the mouth if cuts or sores are present. 4 If antlvenom 1s available. ntart lnjectlons. Artlcles submitted to The Texas Cnver should be typewritten and doubled npaced. Check all for spelllng. It ls the pollcy of thlliJ paper not to disclosed the exact location' of caves, please keep th1s 1'n mind. All'material i& subject to 1ng by tho l' D eadline for for the next is t'Wo ,prior ,to' publication. ' submit your contribut10n to: The Texas Caver 5713 Avenue a Austin, Texas

Content: Meeting dates
Snakes in Red Arrow --
Report from Mexico --
Editor's note --
Carey Lake Cave --
Caving hazard --
The bug bite --
Sleeping giant --
Animals in Caves / Austin Phelps --
The sheepshank a death trap / William Thomas --
First aid for snakebites / R. T. Scott.


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