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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Contents: Meeting dates -- St. Mary's spelunkers explore caves in Mexico -- Sally Cave.
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Vol. 1, no. 8 (1956)
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ty nf u.:.,No <>ffici.a1 meetj_ngs 13Che1-,J.led during :;i ,:kr!iety the summer o Ji'or tion or a<:t1v1t.1es contact Da .. Ji'l 715 Eo 32nd ; jA\}, \ Pllo G3 or Boi3 Holdel', 916 GaJ..t,. Austin : ,:Pn ... Q-R 6e5'")o . 'Jn.llas ........ contact Donald L. v;1dener, 10!)27 Sol ta r Dallas, Texas.. Mary Speleologice.l"b. St;o Mary's 5peleol,:>g1cal Socie ty Bc.x 577 0 san Antonio, Texas .. ... cont.act Bart or Bi)b Crisman, 1525 vrange" .f\b1le ne 9 Texas .. ADDRES3 C.HhNGE.S address .are e.ffect1ve i.JrmecU.ately . o. .ppl; at leest. thxoug.h. the Summ'.ar monthso PleaEe r.ctHy the 'l'exas 1f your address r..a.s been changed and .1.s c t 1 E:ted b a lo\1:., f(! l(l'.ll .Oarcy ':<..r:n De.v lll a:. I! nlen .H:

--------Roy :l.s p:res1dent gf the re.a:[!..:!i a:od ts a Life Membet of T.te Naticnal Sp,sleologieal Soc1etyo 18 is also a member a.nd Traasurer c! the Balco.nE:s Brotto D in Austi.n9 Texas o Roy has been linked with caving fora long time o He belpiSd form the UT Grotto of wllc1ch be is a charter member and a past pres1dento Roy 1s employed at the Balcones Research Center or the Uni vers1 ty or Texas where he 1s a phys1c1sto Roy 1s .also on the Boara of Governors or NSSo J c,e Co Pe.:\I'co 1a tlle Secretary oi' the Ealcones Grotto o Ii:'l .has beE1r" a.ssoc:t.ated with !'or the past tht-ee years o oa is a former member of UTSS ane is n che.rter member or the Eelcones Grottof) and is a member of ms o Ha 1s employed at the a\ls tin State HOspital where he 1s a 1tation Spec1al1sto Joe has spent much time writing articles for the Texas Caver attempt1ng to familiar-ize caving technics o


'-' .. C. t\> 04 0 J.j,A \T""AM J'.ll ico hwe(\ \ \ 1 ,n/;} 1J 1/JjJ.L ;e-ID J t?op .. lt; ',long to mnoc)ti1 over c !.I'i'iculi tes, A pickup truck and tra:1let loaded equipment left late in the after noon of March 29. am was follo'Wed :::by a carload o: equipment the next morningo T he two groups met at customs in Nuevo Laredo, ani drove south to set up camp below The next morning they drove to the first cave located about 20 miles south of C1udad Mante, just off t.he Pan-American Highwayo The entrance 1s about 70 feet in diameter located up on the side of a hill and easily visible from the road. A small group was sent up to the cave while the rest of the party made Calllp. At the entrance of the Ca'ile there W.S 8 large group Of local people 'Who had come for a picnic o several of them led the spelunkers into the cave through 0 RANCt: a very 'Wide horizental. passage about 150 yards long to the real of the cave, where there was a huge sinkhole which ex:tends about 100 feet down from the horizontal passage and about tte same distance up to an opening in the top or the hill: ir.\ which the cave is locatedo There was plenty of guano and a large number of bats banging from tl'B high ceilingo Cave crickets were abundant, and the screaming or tte wild parrots which re xt in creaices at the mouth of the cave kept the reminded that .they were no longer 1n were many tremendous .. 'ions in the cave end tte walls are filled with little side passages which stop after a few teet. The local people were ezger to provide information and legends a':lout the cave o According to these people there had m ver been any {continued next page)


in Me11ee ( rrom page) Sally CaVE: on December 28. Wayne McAllister of the sink a:nd e.J.:so told and David Ke.ysElr visited a small but of two other entrances to tbe s ; intel'e.st1ng ca,e near Del Rio o There cave, located four and were two entrances to the cave; a\Jay.. Since noone knew of anyon.e bo t h of these tn a stream bed. going in one entrance and coming out The main entrance is a sink 10' deep another these. entrances may be similar and 5 wide. The cave appears to large caves. be an enlargement of many ver.t1 c a l The next morning H:>fbauer and CartJoints wi tb lo1A wide solution 7-., o wright were lowered into the sink After a brief exploration of main an d spent several hours there. They tunnel, .it was decided to map the followed a large passage about 100 cave. The main tunnel 1s a hundred yard s into the cave and reached a feet in length and high eno ug h to sand stor:,e area. with a steep ascent. walk in most o f the way. Mapping was Tbe soft stone prevented tbe two from started in a crawlway at the the e scent o end of the main tunuel o This Abcut 1 p:rn the exped i t1on drove way was found to lee.d to a small room ::cc th. and left the highway to go tc Nhich 82 from the muin tu"Jnelo Ser: Luis Potosi & to i .nves-This room had four cre.wlways ltnding U.tate another ceveo They arrived from ita and also had one !=.t ... l. 1 t 5 pm and spent tr..e night in a Go 1ng 40 down one of these crawl-camp.. 1'wo cavE:s we1e found the t.,;ays another similar room was \!e.lit day o Gne a small cave \ias w1 th four crawl Lne of. tne. : ght to t.he winding, mountain crtuoJlways !n the second roo1a lod -r_,ad r and showed litt.le of interest 40' :t!.1to another rooJ.ll.. This t.':11rd ::.t.en. explored., 'l'he ot.b,er another roon na.d 'IO and one sink (I slg,e.nt ic o:pen$ in the side cf hill, The two s 1n the th:lrd r.oom .bcut a ti.1l.e from t he road on the r.ltheied .V30 a d'lad end. Beven 'E .tmndro< )\l.e !Wlpne'.i. r: .r-1;; .t! to;'l'3.UtE d +.,. :: 1, fow:Jrl \I) f }f. nn 1 t, .. ,t <:' f. c !. .. r." %l'" ... "'f' ... . t! ...... .;;, .. .. <> .,.,.,., .:: . ,.,L..'./: t i J!.r ... \"''1' ( hYL>V;"UfJ" A <'>e .. ......,lo ,., .. h. :) .... ... .... J. ..... H'-1:; \" . 0 .1. ....... ...,.,"'-' .I." wv lluw .-A hur.l01ed i'eet. long, e.bout a. side passagt-: in the main tunr1el ::: ec.:t high and sloped back Jlnd down vJas This led to a about into the hill to a hole which wes 65' deep. The :room numerous s1nJ:t consisted :>f a series of foot. holds that could be negotiated fair-After exploring these caves the 1y easily. At the bottom or the sink t:!Xpedi.t1.on for Jacala Hidalgo, a passage led a hundred feet further or VBltlpirl:l bats o Most o:r the to where a pool any further da.y was spent searching for exploration. ( during a re-VB.Ilpil"e bats u but none found o cent trip it was found that the water The group finally visited Mexico had drained off this pool. Upon e:ty and returned to san Antonio exploring further this passage ;, pr11 5 o 1 t was found that it led to a *-lHHf-i:** muddy slope. Further on another 1.caru1JG! ATTENCIOlH sink was found. This on e was cnly If YOUr .. c: f 5 b = lti1 deep am a.t the bottom there 1 .. o..l es .. J 18 ee:n C!.langet. was a popcorn lined pool.) the Caver know Note to cavers: this cave scould i .. ety 4 This 1ssu'3 has beeL'l not be entered during the rainy n;ai :led 1st class so it be forwarded o c:eason l'oltowing issues will be sem 2 .nd ... doe:; not include forwarding J)t)Stage o


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Contents: Meeting
dates --
St. Mary's spelunkers explore caves in Mexico --
Sally Cave.