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The Texas Caver

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The Texas Caver
Series Title:
The Texas Caver
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Texas Speleological Association
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Texas Speleological Association
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Regional Speleology ( local )
Technical Speleology ( local )
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United States

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Contents: The Pink Dragon's Den / Jim Estes -- Rio Grande tunnel? / John Kreidler -- Tech goes up the mountain / John Vinson -- Note on Guadalupe Cave gates / Pete Lindsley -- Corrections and additions to 1966 TSA membership list / Ollene Bundrant -- Photo tips -- Grotto news -- BOG cartoons / Charlie Loving.
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Vol. 11, no. 6 (1966)
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See Extended description for more information.

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ffune 1966 VCl.XI

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VOLUME XI NUMBER 6 JUNE, 1966 PERHAPS ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS CAVE FORMATIONS IN THE WORLD, THE BUTTERFLY HELICTITE IS FOUND IN THE CAVERNS OF SoNORA, TEXAS (OF COURSE!). (PHOTO BY CARL KUNATH; NIKON-F w/105MM LENS, F/16, EXPOSURE WAS BY PAINTING WITH A FLASHLIGHT FOR 10-20 SECONDS, PANATOMIC-X IMPROVED FILM.) CONTENTSg PAGE 75 THE PINK DRAGON'S DEN BY JIM ESTES 76 RIO GRANDE TUNNEL1 BY JoHN KREIDLER 77 TECH GOES UP THE MOUNTAIN BY JON VINSON 77 NOTE ON GUADALUPE CAVE GATES BY PETE LINDSLEY 78 CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS TO 1966 TSA MEMBERSHIP LIST BY OLLENE BUNDRANT 80 PHOTO TIPS 80 GROTTO NEWS BOG CARTOONS BY CHARLIE LOVING THE TEXAS CAVER IS A MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF THE TEXAS SPELEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION AND IS PUBLISHED IN DALLAS, TEXAS. MATERIAL FOR PUBLICATION SHOULD BE TYPED DOUBLE-SPACED AND SENT TO THE EDITOR NO LATER THAN THE 1ST OF THE MONTH OF ISSUEo THIS PUBLICATION IS EXCHANGED WITH OTHER SIMILAR PUBLICATIONS OR SUBSCRIPTION IS $3.00 PER YEAR FOR 12 ISSUES. 1966 BY THE TEXAS CAVER. EDITOR 0 PETE LINDSLEY ASSISTANT EDITOR CHUCK LARSEN TYPIST KATHERINE GOODBAR ARTWORK NORMAN ROBINSON ASSEMBLY JACK AND GLORIA BURCH GROTTO NEWS EDITOR BERT OLSEN PHOTO TIPS EDITOR CARL KUNATH CURRENT EVENTS EDITOR 0. JIM ESTES LITHOGRAPHER BRYANT LILLY NOTE: ALL MONEY AND QUESTIONS FOR SUBSCRIPTIONS OR RENEWALS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE ASSISTANT EDITOR: CHUCK LARSEN, 12719 HIGHMEADOW, DALLAS, TEXAS, 75234. ALL GROTTO AND CLUB NEWS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE GROTTO NEWS EDI TOR: BERT OLSEN: 222 MIZELL; DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS 75116 OFFICERS OF THE TEXAS SPELEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE CURRENT YEAR ARE: CHAIRMAN . CARL KUNATH V ICE CHAIRMAN o.o 0 BILL RUSSELL SECRETARy-TREASURER... . OLLENE BUNDRANT 107 TOMAHAWK TRAIL SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS 78232

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TEXAS CAVER, JUNE, 1966 PAGE 75 THE PINK DRAGON'S DEN IN THE ENCHANTING LAND OF NEW MEXICO, AND IN THE TOWERING MOUNTAINS OF THE GUADALUPES, IS A MODERATE SIZED CAVE WHICH HAS PROVEN TO BE QUITE INTERESTING. IN THE ENTRANCE CHAMBER ARE REAL "PI NK" COLORED SMALL FORMATIONS, AND IN A ROOM CONTAINING A COUPLE OF SHIELDS IS A FORM ATION THAT RESEMBLES AN UPRIGHT DRAGON! THE NAME PINK DRAGON CAVE WAS GIVEN THE CAVE BV THREE ABILENE GROTTO MEMBERS BART CRISMAN, DEWAVNE DICKEV, AND JIM ESTES LAST SUMMER WHEN THEV VISITED THE CAVE HIGH IN THE UPPER PORTION OF THE CAPITAN LIMESTONE. DURING THE VISIT SOME OF THE HISTORV OF THE CAVE WAS FOUND, AND A MAP OF THE CAVE WAS MADE. SLIPS OF PAPER IN A SMALL BEAN CAN WERE FOUND IN A NICHE ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE ENTRANCE ROOM. ON THEM WERE NAMES OF PERSONS WHO HAD VISITED THE CAVE PREVIOUSLV. THREE MEN WHO WORKED FOR THE NEW MEXICO GAME AND FISH COMMISSION VISITED THE CAVE ON MARCH 16, 1938, THE OLDEST RECORDED VISIT. THEV WERE H. J. BAMBROOK AND J. G. MAVES BOTH OF ALBUQUERQUE, AND R. J. MAVES OF CARLSBAD. THEIR COMM ENT WAS: "A HELL OF A BIG HOLE-ITS A GOOD TRIP--NICE DAV." THE K. K. BLOUNTS, JR. AND SR., VISITED THE CAVE I N SEPTEMBER OF 1955. THEI R SENTIMENTS WERE ECHOED BV THE ABILENE CAVERS AS THEV WROTE: "NICE ROUGH TRIP! Bov, ARE WE TIRED!" THE BLOUNTS ALSO VISITED THE CAVE IN APRIL OF 1955 AND AGAIN IN OF 1956 WITH RELATIVES FROM ROSWELL. THE LAST TIME THE CAVE WAS ENTERED BEFORE THE. TRIP BV TEXANS WAS BV TWO MEN FROM THE N.M.G.& F. IN THE SUMMER OF 1961. BART AND BOB CRISMAN, LONG TIME CAVERS, MADE THEIR FIRST TRIP IN THE SUMMER OF 1964, ONLY HURRIEDLV LOOKING OVER THE CAVE. BART HAD A TOUGH TIME TRVING TO FIND THE CAVE THAT SECOND TRIP, HOWEVER THE CLIFF TOP ENTRANCE WAS LOCATED SOON ENOUGH. A SMALL, NARROW, TRICKV LEDGE COVERED WITH SCREE ROCK HAS TO BE STEPPED UPON Bv: JIM ESTES BEFORE A CAVER CAN GO ON UP TO THE THIRTV-FOOT WIDE ENTRANCE ROOM. THE THREE ABILENE CAVERS ENTERED THE CAVE ABOUT TN IN THE MORNING, AUGUST 4, 1965. THEV HAD THE FEELING THAT FEW HAD VISITED THE CAVE BEFORE. RESTI NG ON A LARGE BREAKDOWN ROCK IN THE CENTER OF THE WELL-LIGHTED ENTRANCE ROOM THEV LOOKED OVER THE LEDGES AND CLIFFS ACROSS THE CANYON, THEN SHORTLV AFTERWARDS FOUND THE CAN WITH THE NAMES IN IT. IMMEDIATELV IN BACK OF THE ENTRANCE ROOM A SPIRAL SHAPED HOLE LED TO THE MAIN PART OF THE CAVE, ALL WI THOUT CLIMBING EQUIPMENT. ONCE IN THE MAIN CAVE, FAIRLV LEVEL WALKING PASSAGE WAS FOUND. THREE NICE MEDIUM SIZED ROOMS, EACH WITH ITS OWN PARTICULAR AND PECULIAR FORMATIONS WERE SEEN. THEN CAME THE CRAWLWAV AT THE TOP OF A HILL OF BREAKDOWN. A SPRINKLING OF WET AND ACTIVE TWO-FOOT COLUMNS HAD TO BE CRAWLED BETWEEN, AND THE LOOSE DOWN "TABLETS" ON THE FLOOR CAUSED HUNG FLASHLIGHTS, BRUISED KNEES, AND A FEW GRUNTS AND GROANS. PRESENTLV THE DRAGON ROOM WAS ENTERED, AND A WALL OF FLOWSTONE AND LONG THICK STALACTITES GREETED THE EXPLORERS. To THE LEFT WAS THE DRAGON, TO THE RIGHT AN OPEN ROOM WITH A FLOOR OF STUMPS AND CORAL. IMMEDIATELV TO THE LEFT OF AND BEHIND THE DRAGON WAS A 500-FOOT PASSAGE THAT CONTAINED GOOD SPECIMENS OF LIGHT BROWN RHAD!NE BEETLES. THEV .' WERE ALL OVER THE PLACE, BUT WERE VERY DIFFICULT TO CATCH FOR IDENTIFICATION. THIS WAS DICKEV'S INTEREST, SO THE OTHER TWO HELPED H I M WITH THE CHASE. THE END OF THE DRAGON PASSAGE WAS A NARROW SLIT FILLED WITH SMALL DEBRIS. SINCE THE D IRECTION SEEMED TO BE BACK TOWARD THE ENTRANCE, IT WAS THOUGHT THAT THIS SMALL PLUG MIGHT HAVE BEEN ANOTHER ENTRANCE AT ONE TIME, OR VERY NEARLV SO. SoME SEEDS AND SMALL STICKS AND SNAIL SHELLS WERE FOUND ON THE FLOOR. (CONTINUED PAGE 76)

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PAGE 76 THE TEXAS CAVER, JUNE 1966 (PINK DEN CONTINUED) THE DRAGON ROOM EXTENDED TO ABOUT 120 FEET IN LENGTH, AND AT THE OPPOSITE END OF IT WAS A THICK "GROVE" OF LONG SLENDER COLUMNS. THEY WERE SO THICK THAT ONLY ONE NARROW ROUTE ALLOWED THE EXPLORERS TO SEE THE REMAINDER OF THE CAVE. THIS REMAINDER CONSISTED OF A LONG ROOM ABOUT TWENTY FIVE FEET WIDE. HALFWAY UP ON THE WALLS WAS A SHELF OF RIMSTONE GIVING EVIDENCE THAT THE ROOM WAS ONCE A LAKE PROBABLY AS DEEP AS THIRTY FEET. CORAL ABOUNDED ON THE LOWER WALL AND FLOOR, BUT THE ROOM WAS COMPLETELY DRY AT THE TIME OF THE VISIT. AT ONE SPOT 01 CKEY FOUND THE REMAI NS OF A BAT, ONLY THE SMALL FRAGILE BONES OF IT. BEHIND THE WALL OF FORMATIONS IN THE DRAGON ROOM A PIT WAS FOUND ABOUT EIGHTEEN FEET DEEP, AND AFTER A SMALL CROUCHING PASSAGE ANOTHER FISSURE-TYPE PIT WAS LOCATED. THIS PIT, AT LEAST ONE HUNDRED FEET DEEP WAS NOT COMPLETELY CHECKED OUT BECAUSE OF LACK OF EQUIPMENT. (CARRYING HEAVY EQUIPMENT OVER THE ROCK-STREWN GUADALUPES IS A TASK THAT ANY CAVER WHO HAS BEEN THERE WILL AGREE UPON!) EVIDENCE SUPPORTED THE FACT THAT THE PIT MIGHT HAVE BEEN ENTERED PREVIOUSLY. PINK ORAGON CAVE, ONLY ONE OF MANY IN THE GUADALUPE RIDGE, PROVED TO BE NO LESS I NTERESTING THAN THE OTHERS FOUND IN THE AREA. IT IS A CAVE THAT HAS TO BE WORTH THE TRiP, FOR THE TRIP TO IT REQUIRES MUCH WALK ING CLIMBING, NERVES, AND A SLIGHT TEST OF MEMORY TO FIND IT. M APPED PASSAGE TOTALED OVER 1,200 FEET, AND SURVEYED DEPTH INCLUDING THE EST!MATE OF THE LOWER PIT IS AROUND 188 FEET FROM THE ENTRANCE LEVEL. THE ALMOST PERPENDICULAR DROP JUST OUTSIDE THE ENTRANCE TO THE CANYON FLOOR IS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF 600 FEET! AFTER A DELIGHTFUL DAY, WATCHING THE I R FOOT ING ON THE LEDGE AND SEEING THE LOWERING SUN PIERCE THE SHADOWS OF CLEFTS ACROSS THE CANYON, THE CAVERS H IKED THE RI DGE BACK TO THE JEEP AND CAMP. RIO GRANDE TUNNEL? By: JoHN KREIDLER JACK RENNSCHEIDT, HIS WIFE JEANIE, AND I WENT TO RIO GRANDE CITY TO INVESTIGATE TWO PITS PREVIOUSLY DISCOVEREO._ BY TOM WARDEN AND MYSELF. WE ALSO WANTED TO TRY TO EXPLORE A RUMORED TUNNEL THAT USED TO PASS UNDER THE RIO GRANDE BACK IN THE EIGHTEEN HUNDREDS. BACK THEN THE RIVER WAS ONLY A BLOCK AWAY FROM THE PRESENT TOWN SI TE. FIRST OF ALL WE STOPPED OFF AT THE TWO PITS. WE KILLED A RATTLER WITH NINE RATTLES ON THE ROAD TO THE PITS. THE PITS HAD PREVIOUSLY ALSO CONTAINED RATTLESNAKES; HOWEVER, THERE WERE NO SNAKES IN THE PIT OF THE FANGS. WE FOUND OUT LATER THEY WERE MAN MADE AND THAT THEY WERE ONLY QUARRY PITS. WE THEN PROCEEDED TO THE CATFISH INN WHERE THE RUMORED TUNNEL WAS SUPPOSED TO BEGIN. WE GAINED PER MISSION FROM THE OWNER AND TORE UP A PORTION OF THE FLOOR. THE HOLE RE VEALED A SMALL SQUARE ROOM ABOUT TWO AND A HALF FEET HIGH, TEN FEET LONG AND TEN FEET WI DE. I N THE MI DDLE OF THE SMALL SQUARE WAS A LAR ,GE PI LE OF BRICKS AND RUBBLE; WE DUG UNDER THE PILE FOR ABOUT THIRTY MINUTES, BUT TO NO AVAIL. WE CROSSED THE STREET AND HEADED FOR THE RINGGOLD HOTEL TO ASK IF THE TUNNEL MIGHT HAVE STARTED THERE. THE OWNER TOLD US THAT THE TUNNEL HAD FALLEN IN A80UT 1936. THE TOWN THEN FI LLED I TIN. + = + = + = + = + =

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THE TEXAS CAVER, JUNE, 1966 PAGE 77 TECH GOES UP THE MOUNTAIN IN FEBRUARY WE WENT UNDER THE HILL AND IN MAY WE WENT UP THE MOUNTAIN. ON MAY 6 WE LUBBOCK FOR THE COTTONWOOD AREA. THAT NIGHT WE MET GARI DAVIS AND FOUR OTHERS FROM ROSWELL AT THE FOOT OF THE MOUNTAIN. WE SET UP CAMP AND PRACTICED ROPEWORK ON A NEARBY CLIFF. THE NEXT MORNING DAVIS AND THREE OF THE NEW MEXICO CAVERS LEFT F"OR PARTS UNKNOWN AND WOULD NOT RETURN UNTIL SUNDAY. THE REMAINING N.M. CAVER WAS TO LEAD OUR GROUP TO SENTINEL CAVE THAT DAY. WE PILED OUR GEAR IN OUR SPONSOR'S VOLKSWAGEN CAMPER AND THE CLUB PILED INTO MY '5 7 CHEVROLET AND A TRAILER AND WE HEADED OFF" UP THE MOUNTAIN. THEY DON'T BUILD CARS LIKE THEY USED TO. WE REACHED SENTINEL AF"TER NOON AND SPENT ABOUT TWO HOUR) IN THE CAVE. ALTHOUGH IT WAS A SHORT CAVE WE WERE VERY MUCH IMPRESSED BY THE BEAUTY OF" IT. AF"TER THE LONG WALK EVERYONE WAS QUITE TIRED AND WE WERE GLAD WE HAD DRI VEN TO THE TOP. WE SPENT SATURDAY NIGHT BACK AT THE BOTTOM AND ON SUNDAY MORNING ONLY EIGHT PEOPLE F"ELT UP TO A HIKE UP TO COTTONWOOD. ON REACHING THE CAVE WE W ERE SURPRISED TO F"IND THAT THE SIGN PUT UP IN THE ENTRANCE ROOM BY THE PARK SERVICE HAD BEEN DESTROYED. WE ALSO FOUND A GATE AT THE BOTTOM OF" THE SAND SLIDE, BUT IT WAS OPEN. WE F"OUND OUT LATER A BOY SCOUT TROOP HAD BEEN IN THE DAY BEF"ORE AND MOVED THE ROCKS AROUND THE GATE AND UNLOCKED IT FROM BEHIND. ONE GROUP OF" T T CAVERS WENT T O THE LAKE ROOM AND ANOTHER WENT TO THE MUD ROOM. THOSE WHO HAD NOT ,-.., VISITED THIS CAVE BEFORE WERE IMPRaepED BY ITS SIZE. ON OUR WAY OUT WE MET TWO GIRLS FROM ODESSA CARRYING COLEMAN LANTERNS AND NO HARD HATS1 I DON'T KNOW BUT THEY SEEMED TO KNOW WHAT THEY W ERE DOING. I BELIEVE THIS IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF" HOW WELL COTTONWOOD IS VISITED AND A MORE EF"FECTIVE GATE IS N EEDED THAN ONE THAT CAN BE OPENED BY MOVING A F"EW ROCKS. By: JON VI NSON WE ALL HAD A GOOD TIME AND IT WAS A FINE WAY TO END A SCHOOL YEAR. * * * * NOTE ON GUADALUPE CAVE GATES SEVERAL CAVES ON THE GUADALUPE RIDGE HAVE BEEN GATED F"OR THEIR PROTECTION AGAINST CAVE VANDALS. THE KEYS TO THE PRESENT GATES ARE KEPT AT THE FOREST RANGER'S OF"FICE IN CARLS BAD AND ARE AVAILABLE TO QUALIF"I ED CAVERS WHO SIGN THE KEYS OUT. SINCE TEXAS CAVERS WOULD PROBABLY ARRIVE IN CARLSBAD LATE AT NI. GHT OR OVE R A WEEK END AT TIMES OTHER THAN OF"F"ICE HOURS, THEY ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT EITHER ANDY KOMENSKY (711 PRATT ST., CARLSBAD, PH. 5-9820) OR BILL RILEY (706 N. LAKE, CARLSBAD, PH. 5-5289) IN TIME F"OR ANDY OR BILL TO CHECK OUT THE KEY AND MAKE ARRANGEMENTS F"OR YOU TO elCK UP THE KEY WHEN YOU ARRIVE IN CARLSBAD. CAVES THAT HAVE BEEN GATED INCLUDE COTTONWOOD (BEYOND THE GREAT SAND SLOPE), HIDDEN, AND HELL BELOW. PLEASE CO-OPERATE WITH THE FOREST SERVICE IN THEIR EF"F"ORTS TO GUARD OUR CAVES SO THAT WE MAY THEIR BEAUTIES LONGER. VANDALS HAVE ALREADY BURNED THE COTTONWOOD SIGN IN THE ENTRANCE ROOM AND HAVE BY-PASSED THE GATE, HOWEVER IT IS HOPED THAT THE GATE WILL BE REPAIRED AT THE EARLIEST POSSI BLE TIME. + + + + + + \AI h" le 1?tJIS /I + + + +

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PAGE 78 THE TEXAS CAVER, JUNE, 1966 TEXAS SPELEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS 1966 MEMBERSH I P ADD: NEW CLUB: ABILENE GROTESQUE CAVING CLUB 14 8 CRISMAN, JAVLENE NSS DAVIS, FERN NSS) (V/CHMN.) ESTES, I RENE (NSS) (TREAS.) GRAV, JACQUELVN (NSS) (SEC.) HALLINGER, JANE (NSS) LILLV, BLANCHE (NSS) TUCK, MARV LVNN (NSS) (CHMN) ALAMO, GROTTO, NoS.S o ADD NEW MEMBERS: DORAN, MI KE DRUDING, VINCE MONTGOMERV, FRED Ru SSELL, WAVN E DROP: GUTSCHMIDT, LEN MURPHEV, ERNEST E. CHANGE FROM MEMBER TO INDEPENDENT: ADAMS, H. E. (NSS) ALL I SON, JOHN DARLING, TOM (NSS) WESP, ERV'iI: N CHANGE OF OFFICERS:' (NEW) CHAIRMAN -THAD HOWARD VICE CHAIRMAN -PETE GRAEBER TREASURER MIKE REARDON CHANGE ADDRESS: WM. D. & TILLIE OWENS MARSALIS ABILENE 7960 58 N. WILLIS, ABILENE 79603 Box 784 ACC STA., AB I L ENE 2818 S. 39TH ST., ABILENE 79605 145 8 MARSALIS, ABILENE 79603 1407 WESTVIEW, ABILENE 79603 4610 DoN JUAN, ABILENE 79605 1226 N. 26TH, ABILENE 79603 (No ADDRESS) SAN ANTONIO (No ADDRESS) SAN ANTONIO (No ADDRESS) SAN ANTONIO 406 DEMVA, SAN ANTONIO Box 646, NEW BRAUNFELS 29 1 SAN ANTONIO NEW BRAUNFELS 125 PRIMERA, SAN ANTONIO 500 S. ST. MARV'S, SAN ANTONIO MIKE REARDON 614 PETROLEUM COMMERCE BLDG, SAN ANTONIO 946 Wo MAGNOLIA, SAN ANTONIO 78241 DALLAS-FORT WORTH GROTTO, N.SoS ADD NEW MEMBERS: ANDERSON, GARV E. (NSS) HODGES, JAMES L. (NSS) MALLETT, BILLV (NSS) DROP: DAVID WALLER HUACO CAVERS-4021 HUACO LANE, WACO GORDON, JIM JASEK, FRANK JASEK, JAMES JASEK, SHI RLEV JONES, MARTIN MAVO, DoN PECK, JACK 4704-0 ABBOTT AVE., DALLAS 75205 9446 WATERVIEW, DALLAS 808 NINTH ST., TERRELL (CHANGE ALL FROM "INDEPENDENT") 325 KOKERHOT HALL, BAYLOR UNIVERSITV, 2632 SKVLINE DR., WACO 4021 HUACO, WACO SAME AS ABOVE 35TH BOSQUE, WACO 1108 N. 44TH, WACO 431 3 N. 23RD, WACO WACO

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THE TEXAS CAVER, JUNE, 1966 PAGE 79 *ST. MARY'S UNIVERSITY CLUB CURDA, Eo T. GROTE, JOE A 124 CHAMINADE HALL, ST. MARY'S U., SAN ANTONIO 124 CHAMINADE HALL, ST. MARY'S U. SAN ANTONIO SAME AS ABOVE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS GROTTO, N.S.S CHANGE OF OFFI CERS& (As OF FEBRUARY 1966) CHAIRMAN JOHN FISH V ICE CHAIRMAN PHILIP W I NSBOROUGH SECRETARY, TREA SURER SUSI E LOVING E X PEDI T I ON C ,HAI RMAN -Eo ALEXANDER RESEARCH CHAI R MAN MERYDITH TURNER I NDEPENPEf :JTS (ADO NEW MEMBERS) BRIDGES, THOMAS P. CLEMENTS, CHESTER 202 W. HUTCHISON, SAN MARCOS 5041 SPENCER, PASADENA 0 1 CK EY, DEWAYN E 01 CKEY, EVELYN E VANS, CHARLES W. 7575 BELLAIRE BLVD. APT. 14-G, HoUSTON SAME AS ABOVE, CHANGE FROM ABILENE GROTTO 2500 MARILEE LANE *3, HoUSTON 77027 HERSHBERGER, BARBARA JACK SON, DAV I 0 J ACOBY, Eo (NSS) BLUM, EUGENE (NSS) LAWRENCE, JOSEPH D. JR. N I XON, KAREN SUMBERA, JOE P. JR. 8M1 TH, BRI AN K. W I GGINTON, LARRY J. WILLIAMS, LARRY R. N o LISTING RECEIVED FROM: BEXAR GROTTO, SAN ANTONIO *SAN ANGELO CAVERS, SAN ANGELO So UTHWESTERN U. S. S., GEORGETOWN TRANS-PECOS S. S., ALPI NE SNYDER SPELEO GROTTO, SNYDER 1606 SABINE, AUSTIN READ HALL SWTSC, SAN MARCOS 78666 READ HALL SWTSC, SAN MARCOS 7866 6 4440 GRAUSTARK 1e-6, HoUSTON 115 GERSHWIN, HoUSTON 509 MCGOWEN, HoUSTON READ HALL SWTSC, SAN MARCOS So X 362, MASON 4311 RENAULT DR., SAN ANTONTO Box 130, OZONA RECOGNIZED FOR REPRESENTATION BY MAJORITY VOTE OF B.O.G. MARCH 26, 1966 TOTAL NEW MEMBERS SINCE FEBRUARY, 1966 22 DROPPED 2 TOTAL GAIN 0 20 TOTAL MEMBERSHI P -JUNE 1966 . 0 0 350 TOTAL N S. S. JUNE, 1966 ........................... 158 #: * * I * '*' '*' * * I tt SPELUNK I NG tt * THE MAGAZINE FOUND ONLY IN YOUR BARBERSHOP, HAS A RATHER AMUSING ARTI CLE BY JIM STOREY, DOGWOOD CITY GROTTO, ATLANTA. DARE'S REPORTER WAS G I VEN A SPECIAL ttTRIPtt INTO ALABAMA'S DOUBLE ENGLE PIT (235' ENTRANCE DROP) WITH THE DCG GROUP. GOT HIS SHIRT CAUGHT I N THE RAPPEL RIGGING, HE 010 ONE (NSS NEWS, MAY, 1966 P. 84) BY LARGE AMOUNTS OF CARBON MONOXIDE GENERATED BY THE EXPLOSION OF GASOLINE FUMES IN THE CAVE. DARE'S REPORTER STATED THAT HE HAD NEVER BEEN SO SCARED IN HI S LIFE HAD TO CUT HIS SHIRT LOOSE FROM THE RAPPEL RIGGING TYPICAL SCARE ARTICLE GOOD FOR KEEPING CAVE OF THE "PARTytt, RUSTY MILLS, WAS VANDALS OUT OF THE CAVES. OVERCOME IN HOWARD'S WATERFALL CAVE

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PAGE 80 THE TEXAS CAVER, JUNE, 1966 PHOTO TIPS WHAT SUBJECTS WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE COVERED IN THIS COLUMN? ALL SUGGESTIONS ARE WELCOME AND WE SOLICET YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE PHOTO-TIPS SECTION OF THE CAVER. IF YOU DON'T SUGGEST IT, WE MAY NEVER SAY ANYTHING ABOUT IT. SO WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM? LET US HEAR ABOUT IT. ALSO:-WE WOULD BE W ILLING TO UNDERTAKE A LIMITED QUESTION AND ANSWER SUITUATION IN THE PHOTO-TIPS COLUMN. WHO KNOWS, WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP. STORAGE OF DID YOU KNOW THAT COLOR FILM SHOULD NOT BE SUBJECTED TO TEMPERATURES IN EXCESS OF 750 F.? THIS GOES FOR B/W TOO, BUT IT'S NOT NEARLY AS CRITICAL. ON THOSE SUMMER CAVING TRIPS, KEEP YOUR FILM IN THE ICEBOX AND MAKE SURE THAT IT IS WELL SEALED AGAINST MOISTURE (ALWAYS REPLACE FILM IN THE CAN IT CAME IN, AND SEAL IN A PLASTIC BAG.) BE SURE TO HAVE YOUR FILM PROCESSED AS SOON AS YOU CAN. ANY DELAY CAUSES A DETERIORATION OF THE LATENT IMAGE AND THAT'S NOT GOOD, * * * * LOST AND FOUND AT THE BOG MEETING AT CASCADE CAVERNS DAVID MEREDITH (OF FLORENCE) LEFT HIS CAMERA, TRIPOD, A FLASHLUTE AND ASSORTED ITEMS IN SOMEONE'S CAR. F I NDER PLEASE LET HIM KNOW. OLLENE BUNDRANT HAS THE FOLLOWING ITEMS LEFT AT CASCADE: ONE HARD-HAT WITH CARBIDE LAMP; ONE WATER-JUG; AND ONE UNBRELLA. IF THE OWNER WILL SEND 50 (COIN OR STAMPS) TO 107 TOMAHAWK TRAIL, SAN ANTON IO, TEXAS, SHE WILL MAIL THEM. OTHERWISE, SHE WILL HAVE THEM AT THE NEXT REGION MEETING FOR SOMEONE TO CLA IM. Y -NEWS ... ABILENE GROTTO, N.S.S. DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL, THE ABILENE GROTTO HAS TRIED TO KEEP DRY RAINS IN THE AREA HAVE TOTALED THE LARGEST AMOUNT FOR THE MONTH IN THE PAST 40 YEARS. MEMBERS OF THE GROTTO, ALONG W ITH MEMBERS OF THE ABILENE GROTESQUE CAVING CLUB MADE A TRIP TO THE SOUTHERN EDWARDS PLATEAU COUNTRY TO SURVEY AND MAP TWO MEDIUM SIZED CAVES. TOTAL MAPPED LENGTH OF THE TWO CAVES COMBINED TOTALED ABOUT 2,000 FEET, AND A DEPTH OF 101 FEET WAS REACHED. ON THE SAME TRiP A NEW LEAD WAS LEARNED AND A SUBSEQUENT TRIP IS PLANNED IN THE FUTURE TO CHECK IT OUT. THOSE MAKING THE TRIP WERE: GEORGE GRAY JIM ESTES, FERN DAVIS, IRENE ESTES, AND JACQUE GRAY. FOUR MEMBERS, GRAY, DON HALL iNGER, BART CRISMAN, AND JIM ESTES MET WITH CARL AND GLENDA KUNATH IN SAN ANGELO TO DISCUSS CAVING THE TSA, AND THE NSS OVER HOT PLATES OF ENCHILADAS. DEWAYNE DICKEY, WHO HAS MOVED TO HoUSTON WITH HIS WIFE9 EVELYN, WERE RECENTLY VISITING IN ABILENE. DEWAVNE SAYS THAT VISITS WITH A FEW AREA CAVERS IN THE BAYOU COUNTRY MIGHT BE THE FORERUNNER OF A "SPACE C ITY GROTTO", OR SUCH. IF YOU HOUSTON AREA CAVERS ARE INTERESTED, CONTACT DEWAYNE AT THE CONQUISTADORE APARTMENTS, 7575 BELLAIRE BLVD., HOUSTON (14-G) CHAIRMAN GRAY HAS RECENTLY BEEN BUSY TEACHING A FIRST AID COURSE AT THE LOCAL FIRE STATION. A REGULAR MEETING WAS HELD APRIL 5TH AT THE GRAY HOME. THE MAY MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR THE 3RD AT THE HOME_9F JIM ESTES. SEVERAL TR IPS ARE PLANNED FOR THE NEAR FUTURE. GROTTO ADDRESS& 2818 39TH STREET ABILENE, TEXAS 79605 ALAMO GROTTO? N.S.S., SEVERAL CAVE OUTINGS THIS MONTH; TRIPS TO MEXICO AND LOCALLY. MIKE DORUM VISITED BUSTEMENTE WITH SOME OF HIS SCOUTS ALONG WITH VINCE DRUDING. No PERSoNAL REPORT ON THAT AS YET BUT I AM SURE WERE THRILLED WITH THE CAVE. ON

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THE TEXAS CAVER, JUNE, 1966 PAGE 81 THE SAME TRIP THEY VISITED GARICA CAVE ALSO IN MEXICO. ON THE SCENE LOCALLY NOVICES, GUESTS AND MEMBERS VISITED SOME OF OUR OLE STANDBYS. GUEST BOB NEY, A MARINE PILOT, REPORTED THAT WHISTLEDROP WAS ROUGHER THAN ANYTHING AT MARINE BOOT CAMP. JIM AND RICKI FOSTER VISITED SEVERAL NoRTH BEXAR COUNTY CAVES ALONG WITH MEMBERS MIKE REARDON AND BILL OWENS. I AM SURE ALL CAVERS WILL THE ALAMO GROTTO IN DEEPEST SYMPATHY FOR MERRI L DoYL E. MR. DOYLE'S DAUGHTER, DoROTHY WAS K I LLED THIS MONTH IN AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT. MR. DOYLE, NOW OF KERR VILLE, TEXAS, IS ONE OF THE GROTTOS M OST CHERISHED CAVERS. THE TSA HELD THEIR BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETING AT CASCADE CAVERNS AS I AM SURE MOST OF YOU KNOW. THE MEETING WAS A SUCCESS AND A GOOD TIME WAS HAD, EVEN THOUGH THE SAN ANTONIO AREA HAS BEEN UNDER CONSTANT WEATHER WARNINGS AND A SLIGHT RAIN STORM ADORNED THE GROUP. REPORTED BY: TILLI E OWENS GROTTO ADDRESS: 107 TOMAHAWK TRAIL SAN ANTONIO, WORTH GROTT09 N.S.S. THE WEEKEND OF MAy 7 LEE SK INNER, LARRY AND LOIS REGISTER MADE A TRIP TO McKITTRICK CAVE. FAR BACK IN A DRY SIDE PASSAGE LEE FOUND A PAPER IN A WALL POCKET WITH A NAME AND A DALLAS A DDRESS. ON RETURNING TO DALLAS LEE CONTACTED THE MAN AND LEARNED THAT THIS WAS THE ONLY CAVE THAT HE HAD EVER BEEN IN, AND HE HAD LEFT THE NOTE HOPING TO CONTACT OTHER CAVERS SO HE COULD GO ON MORE CAVE TRIPS. THIS WAS TWO YEARS AGO AND THE FATES WERE WORKING OVERTIME TO PUT THE PAPER IN THE HANDS OF A DALLAS CAVER. PETE LINDSLEY, RICHARD BILBREY, AND DAVE R I CHARDSON MET CARL AND GLENDA KUNATH THE SAME WEEKEND FOR A TRIP TO SUTTON COUNTY. WHILE THERE THEY DROPPED IN AT SONORA. ON THE WEEKEND OF MAY 27 PETE LINDSLEY, JACK BURCH, LEE SKINNER, JERRY BLAKE, AND BILLY MALLETT MADE A TRIP TO THE ARKANSAS OZARKS TO CHECK SOME LEADS. WHILE THERE THEY VISITED JIM SCHERMERHORN AND SAW ABOUT 2,000 FEET OF MOVI E FILM THAT JIM HAD SHOT IN ARKANSAS CAVES. BLAIR AND KATHERINE ( . '. GOODBAR REPRESENTED THE GROTTO AT THE BOG MEETING AT CASCADE CAVERNS. GROTTO ADDR ESS: 6621." SUNNYLAND LAN E DALLAS, TEXAS 75214 RIO GRANDE VALLEY CAVING CLUB: THE RIO GRANDE VALLEV CAVERS ARE PLANNING A TRIP TO EITHER BUSTAMENTE OR CARRIZAL CAVES ON THE FIFTEENTH OF MAY. OUR GROUP HAS GROWN TO ABOUT 11 MEMBERS, ABOUT SI X OR SEVEN ARE DUES PAYING. CLUB ADDRESS: 2 1 5 N. 9TH STREET McALLEN, TEXAS 78501 TEXAS TECH SPELEOLOGI CAL SOC I ETY THE CLUB HAS BEEN PRETTY ACTIVE THI S MONTH; ABOUT THIRTEEN MEMBERS MADE A TRIP TO THE COTTOMWOOD AREA ON MAY 6. WE HAVE ELECTED NEW OFFICERS FOR NEXT YEAR AND HAVE IRONED OUT SOME OF THE PROBLEMS THAT PLAGUI(O) US THI S YEAR. WE NOW HAVE 22 PAl D 'A'ND ACTIVE MEMBERS IN THE CLUB AND WE ARE ON THE WAY TO ENCOURAGING MORE TEXAS CAVER SUBSCRIPTIONS AND NSS MEMBERSHIPS. WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE ABI LENE GROTTO FOR THE LOAN OF THEIR CONSERVATION SLIDE SERIES. IT WAS A BIG HELP IN TEACHING THE NEW CAVERS THE IMPORTANCE OF CAVE CONSERVATION. SEVERAL MEMBERS ARE ALREADY PLANNING TO ATTEND THE NEXT LABOR DAY. THINGS CONSIDERED I THINK WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A GREAT CLUB NEXT YEAR. REPORTED BY: joN VINSON GROTTO ADDRESS: Box 4133 TECH STATION LUBBOCK, TEXAS PROJECT UNDER THE HILL TO BE BI-REGIONAL LETT ER TO THE TSA: THIS IS TO LET YOU KNOW THAT THE SoUTHWESTERN REG ION HAS VOTED APPROVAL TO ADOPT "UNDER THE HILL" AS A BI-REGIONAL WITH TSA ON SEPTEMBER 3, 4, & 5TH, 1966. THE VOTE WAS TAKEN AT OUR REGIONAL MEET ING ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IN THE GUADALUPES. I PRESUME THAT YOU WILL BE GETTING RbPLIES FROM THE INDIVIDUAL GROTTOES OF THE REGION AS TO WHAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE IN THE WAY OF MAN-POWER, ETC. WESTWARD HO SANDRA R. DEAL SECRETARV SW REGION,NSS

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Contents: The Pink
Dragon's Den / Jim Estes --
Rio Grande tunnel? / John Kreidler --
Tech goes up the mountain / John Vinson --
Note on Guadalupe Cave gates / Pete Lindsley --
Corrections and additions to 1966 TSA membership list /
Ollene Bundrant --
Photo tips --
Grotto news --
BOG cartoons / Charlie Loving.